ICC women’s t20 world cup qualifier will kick off. There are 2 groups in this tournament. Group A consists of Bangladesh, Ireland, the United States, and Scotland. Group B consists of Zimbabwe, UAE, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea. 2nd match of Group B will be between Zimbabwe W vs Papua New Guinea W. Both teams will want to start the qualifying tournament with a win.
Series: ICC Women t20 qualifier 2022
Date: September 18, Sunday
Time: 4:30 PM IST
Venue: Tolerance Oval, Abu Dhabi
The weather will remain humid. The boundaries of this stadium are regular. 9 t20i have been already hosted here. The team batting first has won 6 out of 9 matches. This shows the wicket gets slowed down during the second half of the game. So bowlers have an advantage in such pitches. Batting first will be a more preferable option. Putting up a big score and defending it will be the right mindset.
Zimbabwe Women Squad
Mary-Anne Musonda (c), Modester Mupachikwa, Kelis Ndhlovu, Sharne Mayers, Josephine Nkomo, Precious Marange, Christabel Chatonzwa, Loreen Tshuma, Loryn Phiri, Nomvelo Sibanda, Esther Mbofana, Pellagia Mujaji, Audrey Mazvishaya, Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano, Francisca Chipare.
Papua New Guinea Squad
Kaia Arua (c), Melanie Ani, Vicky Araa, Hollan Doriga, Kevau Frank, Veru Frank, Sibona Jimmy, Ravina Oa, Tanya Ruma, Pauke Siaka, Brenda Tau, Henao Thomas, Mairi Tom, Isabel Toua, Naoani Vare.
PNG is an ever-improving team. They have surprised many nations and were the reasons of their upset. They have a lot of all-rounders in their pool and also consist of spinners. Spinners in such pitches contribute a lot to the team. They are ranked 15 in the t20i rankings. Zimbabwe on the other hand are ranked 12 on the ranking list. They have been in good form and are considered to be one of the favorites to progress further. They have well depth in their batting lineup and have decent options in bowling. Having quality spin bowling options is an asset for them. Zimbabwe women are the favorites to win this match.