In the second fixture ICC T20 Women’s World Cup on Wednesday, Pakistan will come face to face with Ireland at Newlands Cricket Ground. The tournament is taking a thrilling turn with every game. Pakistan has already lost its first game of the tournament against its arch-rivals India. They will be hoping to bring positivity to the game while facing Ireland in the upcoming fixture.
Pakistan’s women’s cricket is facing a major dip in its overall performance in international cricket. The players are struggling to make an impact and are coming across as a weaker team. However, if you go by the odds of the bookmakers – Pakistan are favourite to win this match.
Ireland has shown a sudden rise in the quality of the game. They stunned everyone in the warm-up match as they defeated Australia in their second warm-up fixture.
Except for skipper Bismah Maroof and Ayesha Naseem, all other batters failed to give their team a good start in the previous fixture against India. Pakistan’smajor concern will be the failure of the opening partnership between Muneeba Ali and Javeria Khan. Another concern will be the failure of the bowling lineup to pick wickets in the last game. Nashra Sandhu picked up two wickets at an economy of 3.75 with Sadia Iqbal contributing with a single wicket.
Pakistan will be on the ground with the same players as the last game. The predicted XI for Pakistan could be:
Predicted Lineup: Aliya Riaz, Javeria Khan, Bismah Maroof, Muneeba Ali, Aiman Anwar, Ayesha Naseem, Nida Dar, Fatima Sana, Nashra Sandhu, Sidra Ameen, Sadia Iqbal
Ireland cricket is known to shock cricket fans across the globe. That’s what they did in their warm-up fixture against Australia. It was a stunning victory which will be a major motivating factor for the team to do well in the rest of the tournament. Another reason for Ireland to be confident will be their T20 series win in November 2022 against Pakistan on the Pakistan pitches.
Ireland will have the services of the best possible playing XI against Pakistan. Their playing team for this clash could be:
Predicted Lineup: Amy Hunter, Gaby Lewis, Orla Prendergast, Laura Delany (c), Eimear Richardson, Louise Little, Mary Waldron (wk), Leah Paul, Arlene Kelly, Jane Maguire, Sophie MacMahon
The upcoming fixture of Pakistan (w) vs Ireland (w) is expected to be an absolute thriller. Pakistan are a much more experienced side than Ireland, and that is likely to help them dominate the proceedings in this match.