Match Preview | M#9 | India v UAE | U19 T20 WORLD CUP
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
Picture Courtesy: Cricket Queens
After a spectacular opening day of the ICC U-19 Women's T20 World Cup, both the winners from Group D - India and UAE - will lock horns in M#9. Whereas India flexed their batting muscles in a record chase, UAE put up a clinical all-round show.
VENUE – Willowmoore Park, Benoni | TIME – 10:00 local/13:30 IST
On the opening day at Benoni, an absolutely flat batting deck was on offer at Willowmoore Park. A total of 598 runs were scored in the two games played there. As it’s a 10 am start, pacers might get some assistance initially. Bangladesh pacers Disha Biswas and Marufa Akter took full advantage of the same on the opening day.
INDIA: India have an experienced and deep batting lineup to counter UAE’s all-round bowling threat. But it is India’s bowling that let them down in the first game. South Africa, who never got past 100 runs in their recent games, posted an impressive total of 166. Surprisingly, India played only one pacer in Shabnam Shakil. India need to figure out who will be their wicket-taking bowlers.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Shweta Sehrawat: The vice-captain of India, opener Shweta Sehrawat smashed an unbeaten 92 off 57. Initially, she struggled to middle the ball but the best thing about her innings was how she paced it. And she held the innings together and saw India home.
Titas Sadhu: India missed this tall new ball pacer in their first game. She has given breakthroughs to India in all the past series in the last month. She is generally on point with her line and length and does not give away many runs.
Parshavi Chopra: Amidst a sorry outing with the ball in the opening game, leg-spinner Parshavi was the highlight for India. She was the only bowler who bowled at an economy rate of under 4. And none of the other bowlers had even an economy of below 6. And she also plucked out the dangerous Madison Landsman (32 off 17). She will be captain Shafali’s go-to bowler after the powerplay.
UAE – UAE started their World Cup campaign with a brilliant win against Scotland. The variety and quality the UAE bowling attack possesses can rattle any batting lineup.
Samaira Dharnidharka: Samaira has been that dependable player for UAE, who can bail them out from any situation with both bat and ball. She scalped two wickets against Scotland, including the big wicket of captain Katherine Fraser. And with the bat, she played an important hand of 23 off 27 in a tricky chase of 100.
Theertha Satish: Having a top-heavy batting line up, UAE are highly dependent on their skipper Theertha Satish to score big. The LHB opener has been one of the best batters in T20I cricket and lived up to that reputation. She scored a brilliant 27 off 24, including 5 boundaries against Scotland.
Vaishnave Mahesh: Vaishnave made her senior debut at the age of just 12. The wrist-spinner who is still only 16, showcased her talent in the opener. She sent back two Scottish batters, including the power-hitter Emma Walsingham for 37. She will test the Indian middle order.