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Nat Sciver and Nida Dar key picks ahead of England-Pakistan clash

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It's time to sort out your Dream11 team for the England v Pakistan game.

Match details

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, 2020
England Women v Pakistan Women
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
Date: 28 February 2020
Time: 07:00 pm Local Time, 08:00 am GMT, 01:30 pm IST

Preview:

England are set to lock horns with Pakistan in the 12th match of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, with plenty on the line. Both sides are on two points, but England have played a match more than the Asian side.

The 2018 runners-up dismantled Thailand in their Wednesday counter, regaining their confidence after a last-over defeat in their opening match against South Africa. The victory was anchored by a century from captain Heather Knight alongside a second consecutive fifty in the tournament from Nat Sciver.

Meanwhile, Pakistan shocked West Indies with an eight-wicket win. With the ball, Diana Baig led the way with figures of 2/19 before Bismah Maroof (38*) and Javeria Khan (35) took Pakistan home in a chase of 125.

Video Highlights 26 Feb 20
WT20WC: WI v Pak - Pakistan beat 2016 champs
Convincing win for Pakistan in their opening game

Weather report:

Clear skies are expected which means a full game should play out.

Pitch report:

The pitch at the Manuka Oval has traditionally been helpful to batters, and both England and Australia have put on big scores in recent days.

Injuries: None

Possible XI

England: Heather Knight (c), Anya Shrubsole, Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Amy Jones (wk), Natalie Sciver, Lauren Winfield, Fran Wilson, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn

Pakistan: Javeria Khan, Bismah Maroof (c), Diana Baig, Nida Dar, Iram Javed, Anam Amin, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Aliya Riaz, Muneeba Ali, Aiman Anwer, Omaima Sohail

Video Highlights 26 Feb 20
WT20WC: Eng v Tha - First win for England
England defeated Thailand by 98 runs

Top picks:

Heather Knight: Knight is England’s in-form leader, having hit 108 from just 66 balls in the previous match. Her bowling is handy too, with the ability to take important wickets in the middle overs should she call upon herself.

Bismah Maroof: Knight’s counterpart is a very capable all-rounder herself, and led from the front with her match-winning hand against West indies.

Captaincy options:

Natalie Sciver: Sciver is in excellent form. She scored 59 runs from 52 balls against Thailand in the last game and topped off her performance with a two-over spell that returned figures of 2/5.

Nida Dar: Dar is another classy all-rounder who performed well against West Indies. She took two wickets in the last match and scored an unbeaten 18 from 20 balls.

Vice-captaincy options: Sophie Ecclestone, Danielle Wyatt, Diana Baig, Javeria Khan

Video Century 26 Feb 20
WT20WC: Eng v Tha - Heather Knight brings up her maiden T20I ton
Heather Knight brings up her maiden T20I ton against Thailand

Dream XI team:

Keeper – Sidra Nawaz

Bowlers – Sophie Ecclestone, Diana Baig, Aiman Anwer

Batters – Heather Knight, Javeria Khan, Lauren Winfield, 

All-rounders – Nat Sciver, Bismah Maroof, Nida Dar, Katherine Brunt

NOTE: These selections are only a reflection of what we believe will be the actual lineups playing the match. All necessary changes will need to be made based on the playing 11 of both teams after the toss.

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Standings

Group A

Pos Team P NRR Pts
1 England 3 +1.045 6
2 Bangladesh 3 +0.000 3
3 Australia 3 -0.992 2
4 New Zealand 3 -1.058 1

Group B

Pos Team P NRR Pts
1 India 3 +1.370 4
2 Pakistan 3 -0.680 4
3 South Africa 3 +0.167 2
4 Sri Lanka 3 -0.798 2

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