Women’s World T20, England facing Bangladesh bowlers
17 March 2016, Nirapad News: England are facing Bangladesh bowlers in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 at Bangalore on Wednesday.
England, who had been World T20 champions in the past, are on a roll, having thrashed New Zealand twice and South Africa once in the warm-up matches.
In contrast, Bangladesh’s morale has taken a hit owing to a defeat against India in the opening match of the tournament which they lost by 72 runs here last evening.
Bangladesh have the advantage of knowing the playing conditions at the Chinnaswamy well. England will also look to adapt as quickly as possible.
England, runners-up to Australia in the last two editions, would be banking on star batters Sarah Taylor and Tammy Beaumont.
Beaumont and Taylor, who struck half-centuries in the warm-ups, will not only look to continue the good work.
England skipper Charlotte Edwards would also expect a repeat of sterling performances from Lydia Greenway and Natalie Sciver.
In the bowling department, Jenny Gunn has shown form with her medium-pace swing, claiming six wickets in three warm-up matches, with best figures being 4 for 12 against New Zealand.
Katherine Brunt, recently hampered by a back problem, is one of the quickest bowlers in the women’s game and will spearhead England’s attack.
Edwards will also hope that seamer Anya Shrubsole, left- arm spinner Rebecca Grundy, Danielle Hazell and medium pacer Heather Knight, to give good support to Brunt, England’s strike bowler.
On the other hand, Bangladesh would like to forget the last defeat against India and try to put up a good show to open their account in the points table by outsmarting the English side.
However, it would not be easy for them as the likes of Brunt and company would like to test their fragile batting lineup.
Ayasha Rahman, Sharmin Akhter, Fargana Hoque, Rumana Ahmed, Nigar Sultana†, Salma Khatun, Jahanara Alam*, Lata Mondal, Fahima Khatun, Nahida Akter, Khadija Tul Kubra
CM Edwards, TT Beaumont, SJ Taylor†, HC Knight, NR Sciver, DN Wyatt , KH Brunt, JL Gunn, LS Greenway, A Shrubsole, D Hazell