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Thailand Women's challenge to level the series
Zimbabwe Women to win
Tournament: Zimbabwe Women tour of Thailand | Format: T20 | Venue: Terdthai Cricket Ground, Bangkok, Thailand | Toss: To BatBet Now
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Zimbabwe Women put behind the failure of the ODI series to take an early lead in the 4-match T20 series against hosts Thailand Women. It was a good effort from the visitors as they defeated Thailand by 24 runs. Zimbabwe will look to extend the lead in this game while the hosts need to bounce back and level the series.
Zimbabwe Women have a good record against Thailand Women and have won the last four out of five games between the two teams. They are a much better T20 side than how they fared during the ODI series. Thailand Women would face the heat for the first time in the series, and it will be interesting to see how they fare in this game.
Naruemol Chaiwai's side paid the price for complacency in the last game. They had their moments in the game but failed to capitalize on them. With 0-1 down in the series, the hosts will look to bounce back in style, and Chaiwai would like to see better efforts with the bat from her players.
Nannapat Koncharoenkai and Nattakan Chantam got starts in the last game, and they must convert them into big scores here. Naruemol Chaiwai will have to do well in the middle order, along with Chanida Sutthiruang, Nattaya Boochatham, and Rosenan Kanoh. They will need contributions from Phannita Maya and Suleeporn Laomi down the order.
The bowling attack also had its problems in the last game. They need early wickets from Chanida Sutthiruang and Nattaya Boochatham to put Zimbabwean players under pressure. Onnicha Kamchomphu and Maya must bowl good spells in the middle overs. Laomi and Thipatcha Putthawong must do well in the supporting role.
Naruemol Chaiwai (c), Nattakan Chantam, Thipatcha Putthawong, Phannita Maya, Rosenan Kanoh, Banthida Leephatthana, Nattaya Boochatham, Nannapat Koncharoenkai (wk), Chanida Sutthiruang, Suleeporn Laomi, Onnicha Kamchomphu
Mary-Anne Musonda will feel happy to have started the T20 series with a win. Their performances during the ODI series had raised many questions. The side did well with the bat and the ball in the last game, and the Zimbabwean skipper would look to drive this form forward. She will expect a strong show from her players in this game.
Sharne Mayers and Kelis Ndlovu will look for a good start. Mayers has been in good form, and she must drive this innings. In the middle order, they will need runs from Mary-Anne Musonda, Chipo Mugeri, and Josephine Nkomo. Ashley Ndiraya and Pellagia Mujaji shall look to add quick runs down the order.
Nomvelo Sibanda and Josephine Nkomo bowled well with the new ball in the last game. They have to put the hosts under pressure in the early overs. Kelis Ndlovu and Audrey Mazvishaya troubled the Thai girls and must come up with similar efforts. Precious Marange and Loreen Tshuma add variety to the attack.
Mary-Anne Musonda (c), Sharne Mayers, Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano, Pellagia Mujaji (wk), Kelis Ndlovu, Ashley Ndiraya, Audrey Mazvishaya, Josephine Nkomo, Loreen Tshuma, Nomvelo Sibanda, Precious Marange
It will be clear skies over Bangkok on April 27. We expect challenging batting conditions as the ball will move around. Bowlers are having a great time on this surface. The side batting first in this game would feel comfortable with 150 runs on the board.
Terdthai Cricket Ground, Bangkok, is a small ground with short square boundaries. It allows the batters to free their arms on the track. There is assistance for the fast bowlers early in the game. Spinners also do well in the latter overs as the ball grips the surface and turns sharply.
The wicket was tough to bat on in the second innings. It got slower, and batters struggled with low bounce. Both captains shall have this on their minds at the toss, and the side winning it shouldn't hesitate to bat first.
The table has turned in the series, and Thailand Women face the heat. They aren't as good a T20 side as they are in ODIs. Their batters have to show more intent in this game. Zimbabwe Women have had the upper hand against them in the past. They have their bowlers in good form. We expect a tight contest, but Zimbabwe Women have a slight edge.
Zimbabwe Women to win
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