It is always exciting to see two Asian cricket teams locking horns on a field of cricket. A similar situation will be when Bangladesh's women’s cricket team will meet Sri Lanka’s women’s cricket team to mark the beginning of their campaign for the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup. The match is scheduled to take place at Newlands Cricket Ground.
Bangladesh didn't have a good outing in the warm-up fixtures of the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup as they lost both the games to India and Pakistan. And the odds are stacked against them for the tournament according to the top bookmakers in India.
Sri Lanka defeated Ireland in their first encounter of the warm-up game but witnessed a defeat at the hands of the West Indies in their next warm-up match.
Bangladesh are part of the group A lineup in the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup. They will face some of the biggest teams in international cricket like Australia and New Zealand. Bangladesh have not witnessed a win since October 2022 when they defeated Malaysia in a group-stage fixture of the Asia Cup 2022. They are in a big challenge and it will be interesting to see how the team responds to it.
Bangladesh team management will have the best possible playing XI against Sri Lanka.
Predicted Lineup: Murshida Khatun, Sharmin Akhter, Fargana Hoque, Nigar Sultana (WK, C), Lata Mondal, Rumana Ahmed, Ritu Moni, Nashida Akhter, Rabeya Khatun, Marufa Akter, Jahanara Alam
Sri Lanka’s women’s division witnessed a good run in the Women’s Asia Cup 2022 tournament as they reached the final stage but lost the fixture to India. Since then, Sri Lanka’s women’s cricket has witnessed a dip in overall performance and the players are struggling to win matches on the international stage.
Sri Lanka will be under the leadership of Chamari Athapathuthu with similar faces as the Asia Cup 2022.
Predicted Lineup: Chamari Athapaththu (c), Harshitha Madavi, Sathya Sandeepani, Vishmi Gunaratne, Kavisha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silva, Anushka Sanjeewani (wk), Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandika Kumari, and Achini Kulasuriya.
Considering the performance of both teams, we predict a win for Sri Lanka in the upcoming fixture against Bangladesh.