Nov 09, 2018 Sports Comments Off on Three matches set for Providence as ICC Women’s World T20 bowls off today – Defending champs Windies face Bangladesh tonight
By Zaheer Mohamed
The West Indies will begin the defence of their title against Bangladesh from 20:00hrs, while New Zealand will tackle India in the tournament opener at 11:00hrs and Australia will play Pakistan from 16:00hrs as the sixth edition of the ICC Women’s World T20 tournament commences today at Providence. It is the second time the tournament is being held in the West Indies.
Windies will be led by Stafanie Taylor while all-rounder Hayley Matthews, has been named Vice Captain.
Matthews was one of the star players when the Windies lifted the championship in 2016 and has established herself as one of the leading all-rounders in the team.
Matthews stated, “I am very delighted that the hierarchy of Cricket West Indies (CWI) see me as a good fit for Vice Captain. I think the added responsibility will be of great benefit to my overall game. It will be an amazing feeling to play in front of home fans.”
17-year old fast bowler, Qiana Joseph has replaced Guyanese Sheneta Grimmond who has sustained an injury. Joseph has been with the squad in the recent training camps held in Antigua was part of the Windward Islands team for the Women’s Championship earlier this year.
The Bangladeshi players are in fine shape and will be looking to start off with a win. They have notched up wins against Pakistan and India in the Asia Cup en-route to lifting the title.
Windies defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in their final warm up game on Wednesday night. New Zealand managed 122-9 in 20 overs, batting first. Maddy Green made 35 not out and Amy Satterthwaite got 28; Anisa Mohammed grabbed 4-22 and Afy Fletcher 2-33. Windies responded with 123-3 in 18.1 overs. Hayley Matthews struck 50 while Deandra Dottin contributed 35 and Stafanie Taylor 26 not out.India beat England by 11 runs. India took first strike and scored 144-6 in 20 overs. Harmanpreet Kaur slammed 62; Heather Knight had 2-9 and Anya Shrubsole 2-28.England were limited to 133-8 in 20 overs in reply. Danielle Wyatt stroked 54; Poonam Yadav captured 3-20, Radha Yadav 2-21 and Deepti Sharma 2-28. The tournament has been divided into two groups and will be played on a round robin format within the groups with the top two in each group qualifying for semi-finals.
Group A includes Bangladesh, England, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the West Indies while Group B contains Australia, India, Ireland, New Zealand and Pakistan.
Meanwhile free shuttles will be on hand to get spectators to the matches and then return home.
Tickets are available at offices at Guyana Cricket Board and Guyana National Stadium. Tickets are priced from just US$3. The matches will be graced by live concerts. The tournament will be broadcasted live, with the Decision Review System being used in an ICC World T20 for the first time. Australia have won the tournament three times while England and defending champions the Windies have won it once each.
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