After an excellent Day One of the ICC U-19 Women's T20 World Cup, the action resumes with 8 other teams on show. Pakistan and Rwanda come on the back of some impressive games in the warm-ups and this could as well be a not-so-straightforward encounter.
VENUE – Senwes Park, Potchefstroom | TIME – 10:00 local/13:30 IST
The focus shifts to Potchefstroom for today's games with the first one being at the Senwes Park, a venue that has hosted several international games. It's a good chasing ground with the pacers enjoying success in the initial phases of the game. However, spin in women's games is a highly-potent weapon as well even if the pitch doesn't aid them.
PAKISTAN: Pakistan's strength is their bowling attack and they'd be looking to win the game on the back of a stellar bowling display. Pakistan won their first warm-up against Ireland, but lost their next against New Zealand by a massive margin.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR -
Syeda Aroob Shah: A lot rides upon the Pakistan skipper with the ball. It was her bowling display that proved to be massive in restricting Ireland to a below-par total in the warm-ups. The wrist spin all-rounder has international experience with Pakistan's senior side. Wrist spinners are match-winners in T20s and she would be vital once the PP is done.
Eyman Fatima: Wicket-keeper Eyman Fatima has done really well for Central Punjab U-19s. She was yet again amongst the runs against Ireland with 58* (43) as all the other Pakistan batters struggled. In the next game, history repeated as she topped the charts for Pakistan with 45 (46). She's the best batter in the side by a comfortable margin and today, one should not be surprised if she goes big!
Rida Aslam: My favorite variety in cricket is here. It's a variety that you very very very rarely get to see in women's cricket & there are only 8-9 known names in women's cricket who are known to be of those type. That is - Left-arm wrist spin! The Central Punjab U-19 spinner is going to bamboozle batters with a variety that pretty much no one is used to facing.
RWANDA: Rwanda means business. They aren't mere pushovers and Ireland found that out when they were defeated by 1 run in the second warm-up. It's a team that is out here to prove to the world that they are here to stay & can fight with the best of the best.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR -
Henriette Ishimwe: The medium pacer is the most important figure in this team. She bowls effective cutters and accurate yorker lengths. She was the reason why Rwanda won against Ireland with her 2/19 in 4 overs and a last over that saw her defend 9.
Gisele Ishimwe: The Rwandan skipper is the youngest player to have represented the senior side in T20Is. She comes into this tournament with 2x50s and 1x100 to her name which speaks volumes of what she's capable of.
Belyse Murakatete: The pace all-rounder contributes with the bat down the order & chips in with vital economical bowling spells in each game. She has done well in the two warm-ups, especially against New Zealand where she dismissed their big guns.