West Indies Women vs Thailand Women 2nd Match Prediction
- World Cup newcomers Thailand start their first ever tournament with a match against the West Indies in Perth.
- West Indies were thrashed by India in their most recent bilateral series in WT20i cricket, but they are big favourites for this opening game.
- Thailand were surprise qualifiers after some excellent recent form, but the gulf between them and the big teams is likely to be exposed at this tournament.
West Indies Women vs Thailand Women Match Prediction, ICC WT20 World Cup
Surprise qualifiers Thailand start their first ever ICC Women’s T20 World Cup against the West Indies. The Group B match takes place at Perth’s WACA Ground on February 22 and the live action starts at 15:00 local time.
West Indies are big favourites for this game, but the former champions’ recent form in WT20i cricket still leaves a lot to be desired after their recent heavy series defeat to India. Nevertheless, star players like Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews should lead them to a comfortable opening win.
For Thailand, they have climbed to 11th in the ICC Women’s T20i rankings on the back of some excellent form in recent years but there is still a big gap between them and the top teams. That is likely to be exposed quite ruthlessly at this tournament, which will present a hugely valuable learning curve for the Thai players.
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A hard, fast wicket should play into the hands of the batsmen and this could be West Indies’ chance to rack up an early big score – they should bat first.
Perth is set to be cloudy but the largest chance of rain is much earlier in the day and less likely to affect this fixture.
A hard, fast and bouncy wicket combined with a brilliant outfield means runs should flow on the Perth pitch.
West Indies Women Team News & Playing 11
WIW Team News
Lee-Ann Kirby was a surprise call-up for West Indies, some 12 years after she last represented the national team. Stafanie Taylor is fit to lead the team, while Deandra Dottin has also returned to fitness after eight months out.
WIW Key Players
Stafanie Taylor: In good batting form before her injury problems, but the captain – who has played 100 T20 internationals and scored 21 half-centuries in that time – is back to fitness and ready to lead this team.
Deandra Dottin: A key all-rounder, whose absence has been keenly felt in the past year. If she can get back to her best form, she will be key with bat and ball.
Hayley Matthews: Took six wickets in her last three T20 internationals and has an excellent economy rate in the format too. She is also a key big-hitter up the order.
WIW Team Form
West Indies’ most recent T20i series saw them take on India, but they lost all five matches at home as they were completely outplayed. The former world champions go into this seventh edition of the Women's T20 World Cup as the fifth-placed team in the world rankings.
West Indies Women Predicted Playing 11
Hayley Matthews, Stafanie Taylor (c), Lee-Ann Kirby, Shemaine Campbelle (wk), Chedean Nation, Deandra Dottin, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Anisa Mohammed, Shamilia Connell, Aaliyah Alleyne
Thailand Women Team News & Playing 11
THAIW Team News
Thailand have kept faith in the bulk of the squad that earned qualification for this tournament, with only Arriya Yenyueak missing from their qualifier squad. Phannita Maya returns, while Thipatcha Puttawong and Suwanan Khiaoto join up, having also played in the recent quadrangular series.
THAIW Key Players
Chanida Sutthiruang: Named ICC Women’s Emerging Player of the Year for 2019, she has taken 42 wickets in her 35 T20 internationals so far.
Naruemol Chawai: Key at the top of the order, she has scored 644 runs in WT20i cricket so far and was the top scorer in the format in 2019.
Nattaya Boochatham: The off-spinner has taken 48 wickets in 35 T20 internationals and played an integral part in Thailand’s qualification for this tournament.
THAIW Team Form
Thailand qualified for the World Cup by beating fellow surprise semi-finalists Papua New Guinea at the World Cup Qualifier in Scotland, though they did then suffer a heavy defeat to Bangladesh in the final. They geared up for this tournament with a series of unofficial WT20 internationals against Bangladesh and two Indian teams.
Thailand Women Predicted Playing 11
Nattakan Chantam, Naruemol Chawai, Nannapat Koncharoenkai (wk), Nattaya Boochatham, Wongpaka Liengprasert, Sornnarin Tippoch (c), Chanida Sutthiruang, Onnicha Kamchomphu, Ratanaporn Padunglerd, Suleeporn Laomi, Thipatcha Puttawong
WIW vs THAIW Head to Head
This is the first WT20 international between these two teams.