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Ireland Women's big test against confident Bangladeshis
Bangladesh Women to win
Tournament: ICC Women World Cup Qualifier 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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It is the final in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier 2022, and Bangladesh Women will take on Ireland Women. Bangladesh Women defended a low total against Thailand Women in their semi-final game. Ireland Women defeated Zimbabwe Women in a close contest holding their nerves towards the end.
Bangladesh Women have been in excellent form, and the side has won all the games they have played in the tournament. Their record against the Irish side has been good in recent years, making them confident. Ireland must bat well in these spin-friendly conditions, and we expect a close contest between the two teams.
Laura Delany's side snatched a win from the jaws of defeat against Zimbabwe Women. Their bowlers held the nerves in the game's final stages to win it by four runs. They face a formidable opponent in Bangladesh, against whom they had lost in the league stage. Delany would want her players to be their best and win the game that matters the most.
Amy Hunter and Gaby Lewis are in good form, and a solid start from the pair shall put the side in a comfortable position. In the middle order, they would need runs from Orla Prendergast, Delany, and Eimear Richardson, and the trio will need to team up. Shauna Kavanagh and Mary Waldron haven't contributed much, and their performance might decide the side's fate in this game.
Eimear Richardson and Jane Maguire bowled good spells with the new ball, and they must get early breakthroughs for the team's success. Arlene Kelly and Cara Murray also come here highly confident and have a critical role in this game. The side would also like a good show in the supporting role from Prendergast and Delany.
Laura Delany (c), Amy Hunter, Gaby Lewis, Orla Prendergast, Eimear Richardson, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron (wk), Shauna Kavanagh, Arlene Kelly, Cara Murray, Jane Maguire
Nigar Sultana couldn't have asked for a better show from her players. Though the side was pushed to the corner by Thailand Women in the last game, they did well with the ball to win it by a considerable margin. Sultana shall like to see the same spirit from her side and win the tournament to gather confidence for the upcoming series.
Fargana Hoque and Murshida Khatun have done well at the top, and the team would like to see a positive start from the pair. Sultana is an experienced batter, and she will need to anchor the innings with Rumana Ahmed and Sobhana Mostary in the middle overs. Shohely Akhter, Ritu Moni, and Nahida Akter make it a formidable batting line-up.
Salma Khatun and Nahida Akter have been brilliant since the start of the tournament. A good spell from them would put the side in a commanding position. Shanjida Akter has been tough to score against, and she has to carry the same form forward. The side would also like to see a good show from Ritu Moni, Rumana Ahmed, and Shohely Akhter.
Nigar Sultana (c & wk), Murshida Khatun, Rumana Ahmed, Fargana Hoque, Sobhana Mostary, Shohely Akhter, Ritu Moni, Nahida Akter, Shanjida Akter, Salma Khatun, Lata Mondal
We will see clear skies over Abu Dhabi on September 25. The batting conditions would be excellent, and batters will get to score runs easily on this track. It would be tough bowling conditions for the fast bowlers. The side batting first would aim at 160 runs or more.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, has an excellent batting surface, and big scores have been made here. Spinners have done well at this venue as the ball turns sharply. It is challenging for the fast bowlers as the wicket doesn't offer them bounce and movement.
Batting first and winning the game has been a rarity at this venue. The wicket is good to chase, and we have seen most sides win games chasing the scores. Both captains would keep this record in their minds at the toss, and the side winning the toss would have no doubts about bowling first.
Both sides have done well to qualify for the final. Ireland Women have been in good form with the ball, but their batters have struggled in these spin-friendly conditions. They will have to overcome this to win here. Bangladesh Women haven't lost a game and have had their key players in good form. It will make them favorites to win this game and the title.
Bangladesh Women to win
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