2018 Women’s World T20 preview part 2 – Group A

Stats derived from ESPNcricinfo statsguru.

Since 2016 World T20P 14 W 8 L 6 (WL 1.333)Bat 1st_ W6, L3 _ Bat 2nd_ W2, L3Highest total_ 1596 vs SLHighest successful chase_ 151 vs INDRecent form_ LLWWLLAverage runs per wicket

England’s performance in the 2016 World T20 semi-final was the catalyst for changes under the stewardship of coach Mark Robinson that ultimately led to World Cup glory less than 18 months later.  On that day in Delhi in March 2016, England restricted Australia to 132/6 but a dismal run chase saw them come up 5 runs short, only managing to progress at 6.00 rpo in the final 10 overs.

In the two and a half years since the last World T20, England have had the highest run rate of the ten teams contesting this years tournament (8.27 rpo), a dramatic improvement compared with the previous World T20 cycle.

England T20I batting comparison:

ENG batting comparison

Statistics are for matches played between the top ten sides only.

Comparison of all teams batting during the last two World T20 cycles.

During the 2014-16 cycle, the average batting SR was 93.84.  England’s batters were collectively ranked third during that period, with a SR of 102.55.  During the current cycle, the average SR has risen to 105.19, and England have not just surpassed that mark, but surged away to a collective SR of 132.64.

While England were a relatively strong batting side overall in 2014-16, they were below average when it came to hitting sixes (134 balls faced per six, less than one a match, compared with the T20I average of 97 BF/6 in 2014-16).  Remarkably, they now clear the ropes at two and half times that rate (52.26 BF/6), and have gone from ranking well below the average in 2014-16 to being above average (62.34 BF/6) during the current cycle, in which sixes are far more common overall.

England also stand out compared with other sides for their running between wickets.  Despite little difference in the T20I average for non-boundary SR between 2014-16 and 2016-18, England, who were already one of the strongest sides in that regard during the previous cycle, have improved by 17%.  Their best runner is Natalie Sciver (4.80 rpo in 2016-18), who also finished with the highest non-boundary SR in the 2018 KSL (4.86 rpo).

Openers Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt, who both struggled to establish themselves due to uncertain roles before Robinson’s reign, are England’s two highest run scorers, and 7th and 8th respectively in the world since the 2016 tournament.

Perhaps the greatest asset Robinson has brought to the England setup, is giving the players the freedom to fail, forget about it, and move on.  England blew their opening match of the 2017 World Cup, but still went on to lift the trophy.  They lost their opening match of the summer in 2018, but dominated the ODI and T20I series thereafter.

Wyatt and Beaumont account for three of the six centuries made in women’s T20Is since the last tournament.  Wyatt became the first English woman to make a T20I century, and the first woman from any nation to make a century in a T20I chase, as England completed a then record chase (179) vs Australia at Manuka Oval in November 2017.  Wyatt then repeated the feat at Mumbai in March of this year, as England made the current record chase of 199 vs India.  Overall, Wyatt has the most domestic and international career centuries in women’s cricket (5).

Among women with 200+ runs since the last World T20, Wyatt has the highest SR (158.73) in women’s T20Is.  Beaumont (130.71) is England’s next batter on that list, in 10th position.  Her 116 (52) vs South Africa at Taunton in June was the foundation of England’s new world record total of 250/3.

Following as it did her two ODI centuries vs South Africa, Beaumont’s innings also made her the first woman to make three international centuries in an English summer, and by the end of the home season she had also set a new mark for most women’s international runs in an English summer (628).

Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver each had their best KSL seasons with the bat in 2018, finishing as 2nd & 3rd highest scorers respectively, and sit immediately below Beaumont in 11th (130.67) and 12th (130.63) place in terms of highest T20I SR since the 2016 World T20.

While they are among the most formidable batting units in the World, England have gone from being one of the most economical bowling units in the 2014-16 cycle (English bowlers’ collective ER of 5.50 rpo was second only to NZ), to one of the most expensive in 2016-18 (7.39 rpo, second last, ahead of only SA).

This may explain why England sprung a surprise by naming three uncapped players (Sophia Dunkley, Kirstie Gordon and Linsey Smith) in their World T20 squad.  How they fare will be a litmus test of the effectiveness of the domestic Kia Super League in preparing players for international competition.

Left-arm spinner, Kirstie Gordon finished as the highest wicket taker (17) in her debut KSL season for Loughborough Lightning, as well as topping the charts (23) in the 50-over Women’s County Championship for Nottinghamshire.  Gordon’s Lightning team-mate and fellow left-arm spinner, Linsey Smith is the 6th highest wicket taker (24) across the three KSL seasons, and has played in all three KSL finals.  Middle order bat and legspinner, Dunkley lifted the KSL trophy with Surrey Stars this season, and has been a regular in England Academy and development squads in recent times.  Dunkley was the first uncapped English player to make a half-century in the KSL.

Selecting two rookie left-arm spinners might seem excessive, but makes sense in light of the prevalence of right-hand batters in women’s cricket.  Since the last World T20, 84% of women’s T20I batters to have faced at least 1 delivery have been right-handers.  The World T20 squads also precisely match those numbers, featuring 126 RH and 24 LH bats.  By comparison, in men’s T20Is during the same period, the RH/LH split is 74/26.

Since the last World T20, left-arm spin has the best average, economy rate and SR among all forms of bowling.  Leg spin ranks in second place for all those metrics.

Women’s T20I bowling since the 2016 World T20:

Bowling style Overs Wickets Ave ER SR
Left-arm spin 484.3 140 20.65 5.97 20.8
Leg spin 428.2 120 22.14 6.20 21.4
Off spin 961.2 269 23.23 6.50 21.4
Right-arm pace / seam 1284.4 356 25.04 6.94 21.7
Left-arm pace / seam 134.0 28 30.93 6.46 28.7
Spin 1874.1 529 22.30 6.29 21.3
Pace / seam 1418.4 384 25.47 6.89 22.2
Overall 3292.5 913 23.63 6.55 21.6
Statistics are for matches played between the top ten sides only.

A significant contributor to the strong stats for left-arm spin is England’s Sophie Ecclestone.  Ecclestone was the top wicket (10) as England won their T20I tri-series vs SA & NZ in June/July, and her 19 wickets overall make her England’s highest T20I wicket taker since the last World T20.

Ecclestone also has the most career wickets in the KSL (27), alongside another English left-arm spinner, Alex Hartley, who missed out on selection for the World T20.  Among bowlers to have delivered 20+ overs in the KSL in 2018, Gordon (6.05), Smith (6.40) and Ecclestone (6.41) were the third, fourth & fifth most economical.

First place however, was taken by a fast bowler, in the form of Katherine Brunt (5.42 rpo), who alongside Anya Shrubsole, will be one of England’s key bowlers in the powerplay.  The average ER in the ENG-NZ-SA tri-series was a record high 8.21 rpo, but Shrubsole and Brunt still came away with stellar economy rates of 5.41 and 6.36 rpo respectively.  With England increasingly managing her workload, the World T20 could be one of Brunt’s last outings in an England shirt.
9th Nov update – Brunt pulled out of the squad, due to injury. Replaced by Fran Wilson.

If she plays, Smith is also likely to be in England’s plans in the powerplay.  Only Marizanne Kapp (16) has taken more wickets in the KSL powerplay than Smith (11), who has the best powerplay SR (16.4) of any bowler to have delivered 100+ balls during that phase of the innings in the KSL.

England should win the group, and in all probability reach the final, but they’ll miss Sarah Taylor, with the bat and the gloves, and have been inactive for the longest period among the ten World T20 sides, so could be rusty.

SQUAD: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Kirstie Gordon, Jenny Gunn, Danni Hazell, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Linsey Smith, Lauren Winfield, Danni Wyatt
Squad T20I stats

Since 2016 World T20P 14 W 8 L 6 (WL 1.333)Bat 1st_ W6, L3 _ Bat 2nd_ W2, L3Highest total_ 1596 vs SLHighest successful chase_ 151 vs INDRecent form_ LLWWLLAverage runs per wicket

Hosts and defending champions, the West Indies have made the semi-finals of the last four editions of the World T20.  After a dire 2017 World Cup, the Windies women have won just three of their thirteen international matches in 2018, but do have a strong record in T20Is at home (won 28, lost 11).

West Indies are the only side at the World T20 not to have been bowled out in T20Is since the last tournament, which has often been key to success on their relatively slow home surfaces.  Historically, the West Indies is the 3rd lowest run rate location (5.69 rpo) among the top cricketing nations, ahead of only Bangladesh (5.68 rpo) and Pakistan (5.16 rpo from just two matches).  Before this year, only one side had lost a women’s T20I in the Caribbean after posting 120+ in the first innings (Sri Lanka 120/9 vs WI at Cayon in 2010).

The most recent home series for the West Indies suggests that the effectiveness of a somewhat attritional style of T20 are coming to an end.  After taking a 2-0 lead vs South Africa, the West Indies were unable to defend totals of 135/3 and 155/5, which allowed South Africa to level the series.

As a batting side, the West Indies aren’t really making the most of the first ten overs, especially in light of how few wickets they lose during that part of the innings.  Against most teams in the past, a circumspect first ten followed by an increasing onslaught in the second half of the innings was probably enough, but it’s less likely to secure victory against the top sides, who now push the rate throughout the innings.

Women’s T20I balls per wicket and run rate since the 2017 World Cup:

Overs 1-10 BpW RR Overs 11-20 BpW RR
Australia 27.10 8.04 Australia 23.96 9.13
New Zealand 30.91 7.93 England 14.89 8.79
England 25.16 7.83 West Indies 17.11 7.98
India 30.00 7.14 New Zealand 13.06 7.89
South Africa 25.00 6.65 India 16.33 7.82
West Indies 33.00 5.79 South Africa 17.61 7.53
Ireland 23.08 5.68 Ireland 11.68 7.38
Sri Lanka 17.84 5.45 Bangladesh* 13.65 6.52
Pakistan* 21.67 5.39 Sri Lanka 13.49 5.71
Bangladesh* 33.75 5.40 Pakistan* 12.32 5.22
Statistics exclude reduced overs matches, and are for matches played between the top ten sides only.
*Incomplete data for two matches between BAN & PAK.

For example, when Deandra Dottin made the second of her T20I centuries, vs Sri Lanka at Coolidge last year, the West Indies scored 112 runs off the last ten overs, but finished on a total of 159/6, the lowest women’s T20I total to feature a century.  After ten overs they were on a sedate 47/1.  Ultimately it didn’t matter, as Sri Lanka were unable to pose much of a threat after a poor start, including losing their best batter, Chamari Atapattu for a duck.  West Indies took a 31 run win.

At Brian Lara Stadium last month, West Indies were on an identical 47/1 after ten overs and finished 155/5, after Matthews, Aguilleira and Campbelle helped them blast a similar 108 off the last ten.  South Africa’s deeper batting line-up however, meant they could succeed where Sri Lanka didn’t, winning by three wickets with a ball to spare.

Much rests on the shoulders of the West Indies big three star players, Stafanie Taylor,  Hayley Matthews and Deandra Dottin.  The #1, #2 and #4 ranked all-rounders in the ICC T20I rankings.  No other side has more than two players in the top twenty, but the West Indies’ difficulties become clear when examining the batting rankings.  While the ‘big three’ are all inside the top 12, the next West Indian on the list after them is Merissa Aguilleira at #53.

Dottin (148.67), Matthews (120.68), Taylor (116.11) and the recently recalled Shemaine Campbelle (116.66) are the only members of the Windies squad who have a SR above the average (105.19) in women’s T20Is since the last World T20.

Player of the match in the 2016 final, Matthews recently became the first woman to make a ODI century at Kensington Oval, and also made her first fifty in a home T20I.  Taylor (7×50) and Dottin (2×100, 3×50) are the only women to have made more than one 50+ T20I score in the West Indies.  Dottin (940) will soon join Taylor (1,023) on over 1,000 T20I runs in the Caribbean.  The next woman on the list is India’s Mithali Raj, with 299.  As a partnership, only Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor (1,606) have made more runs than Talor & Dottin’s 1,361.

They may be somewhat over reliant on a few big names for runs, but the West Indies are  better served with bowlers adept at exploiting their home conditions.  Anisa Mohammed, is the only bowler with over 100 T20 international wickets, and the only woman to have taken more than one T20I 5-fer (she bagged her 3rd on 28 September).  Other spinners the Windies can call on include legspinner Afy Fletcher (home ER 5.08 rpo, away 6.41 rpo) and of course their all-round stars, Matthews and Taylor.  As well as having the 2nd most career runs in T20Is, Taylor also has the 8th most wickets.

Dottin’s skilful change-ups and her temperament will be important at the death.  She memorably conceded just one run in the West Indies’ last over of the 2016 final vs Australia.  The economical Shakera Selman and tall fast bowler, Shamilia Connell round out the seam attack.  Connell is one of the more effective bowlers of the bouncer in women’s cricket.  Though she can be wayward, she’s much more effective at home (4.93 rpo) than away (7.09 rpo), and looked in good form vs South Africa.

Despite having the most T20I caps of any squad at the World T20, a persistent issue for the West Indies is a lack of cricket.  The reason the squad have so may caps is more due to a small core of players being almost certain selections for the best part of a decade, rather than a glut of fixtures.  Preparations for the World T20 were dealt a blow when a series with India scheduled for last moth fell through at the last-minute.

The 2016 World T20 win generated a lot of headlines, but didn’t translate into more cricket for the Windies women.  Of the ten sides at the World T20, only Ireland (30 – 12 T20IS & 18 ODIs) have played fewer international fixtures since the last tournament than the West Indies (38 – 14 & 24).  The West Indies don’t take part in a regular regional tournament, like the Asia Cup, or a longstanding rivalry such as the Ashes, or AUS v NZ series.  They currently subsist exclusively on ICC Women’s Championship ODI fixtures and their associated T20I series.

The domestic season in the Caribbean is limited to just a few weeks each year.  While Taylor, Matthews and Dottin have been regulars in the professional/semi-professional WBBL and KSL, a huge gulf in terms of top-level T20 experience is developing between those three and the rest of their compatriots.

Taylor, an ever-present in the WBBL & KSL has played the third most professional/semi professional T20 matches (T20I, WBBL & KSL) in the world since the 2016 World T20, behind only Suzie Bates (74) and Amy Satterthwaite (68).  Matthews has played 53 and Dottin 42.  No other West Indian woman has played in either professional domestic league in that period.

Only Ireland (166), Sri Lanka (199) and Pakistan (233) have played fewer than the West Indies squad’s collective 252 pro/semi-pro matches since 2016.  Taylor, Matthews and Dottin account for 161 (63%) of those 252.

Comparing the 2016 World T20 winners with the 2017 World Cup winners paints a stark picture, and also shows that England’s decision to pick three uncapped players is less risky than it might initially appear.

Most professional/semi-professional T20 matches played since the 2016 World T20pro T20

Player of the match in their semi-final, and the West Indies 10th most capped player (both overall and in the time since the 2016 World T20), Britney Cooper has played just eight T20Is in two and a half years.  That semi-final was just ten matches ago in terms of Cooper’s professional T20 career.  Ten professional matches ago for England’s three uncapped players, was the start of the 2018 KSL season.

Regardless of the outcome of this tournament, major structural issues at domestic and international level need to be addressed if teams such as the West Indies are to remain a force in women’s cricket long-term, and not be left behind by the increasingly professional game.

There’s no question that the West Indies have the talent to reach the semi-finals, and maybe go a step further.  What is in doubt is whether their limited schedule gives them the best chance to achieve that success.

SQUAD: Stafanie Taylor (c), Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Sheneta Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Natasha Mclean, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman
Squad T20I stats

Since 2016 World T20P 14 W 8 L 6 (WL 1.333)Bat 1st_ W6, L3 _ Bat 2nd_ W2, L3Highest total_ 1596 vs SLHighest successful chase_ 151 vs INDRecent form_ LLWWLLAverage runs per wicket

One side that has made proactive steps to get as much playing time as possible in recent  years has been South Africa.  The Proteas women played the most ODIs between the 2013 and 2017 World Cups, and are leading the way in that regard since the 2017 tournament.  Since the 2016 World T20, South Africa have played the fourth most women’s T20Is, and are the side to have most recently toured the West Indies, drawing 2-2 with the hosts in October.

That drawn series provided some respite to South Africa, who have been on the end of several large reverses in 2018, including conceding two world record totals in a day.  Their only ODI or T20I series wins in 2018 have come against Bangladesh.  The 2-2 drawn series deserves some credit though, as just the second time the West Indies have failed to win a bilateral T20I series at home.  While South Africa were outclassed in the first two matches, they fought back with the two highest successful chases made in women’s T20Is in the Caribbean.

In among some heavy defeats in the English tri-nation series in June/July, South Africa’s one win was a convincing chase vs England (their record chase, and the highest successful chase by any side vs England).  South Africa have the beating of any side in the group on their day, but as those world record totals suggest, their glaring issue since the 2016 World T20 has been their bowling.

As a bowling team they concede more runs per over (7.75), and take wickets less often (1 every 26.68 balls) than any other side in the tournament.  In matches vs the 2018 World T20 sides, Sri Lanka (20.38) are the only other side to average over 19 balls per wicket in that period.

While Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk have been in demand and highly successful in domestic T20 leagues, their T20 international bowing form has nose-dived.  Van Niekerk, who has taken just two T20I wickets since the last World T20, has the worst SR (99.0) of any woman to have taken a T20I wicket in that period.

Van Niekerk is joined by three other South Africans in the bottom five of the rankings in terms of bowling SR  (25+ overs bowled) since the 2016 World T20.  The others are Kapp (39.2) Masabata Klaas (55.5) and Raisibe Ntozakhe 56.0), who was excluded from this squad due to an illegal bowling action.

Kapp has the best career ER (10+ overs) in the WBBL (4.66 rpo), and the 4th best in the KSL (5.40), but internationally has been going at 7.07 rpo since the 2016 World T20.  Worryingly for South Africa, that makes her one of their better performers in that period.  The numbers for Shabnim Ismail (8.16), Sune Luus (8.16), Zintle Mali (8.28) and Masabata Klaas (8.64) make for grim reading.

One bright spot has been bustling medium pacer Tumi Sekhukune (5.14 rpo), who debuted in September vs West Indies.  Injury and bans have forced South Africa to change their World T20 selection, bringing in disciplined left-arm medium bowler, Moseline Daniels (5.75), who could probably count herself unlucky not to have been selected in the first place.

A lot of pressure will be on the South African batting line-up to ameliorate deficiencies in their bowling.  In August, Lizelle Lee took Surrey Stars to their first KSL title with 104 (58) against Loughborough Lightning.  This was the first century in a women’s T20 final.  Lee also holds the record for highest score in any women’s T20 match (169* off 84 balls for North West vs Mpumalanga in 2013), but only has a relatively modest HS of 69* in T20Is.

Lee is one of a host of South Africans to have earned WBBL & KSL contracts, among them Mignon du Preez, Sune Luus and Laura Wolvaardt.  In February, Wolvaardt became the youngest woman to score 1,000 ODI runs, and last month, became the youngest South African to make a T20I half-century.

One South African who has surprisingly been overlooked by professional T20 leagues so far is Chloe Tryon.  Among women with 250+ career runs, Tryon has the highest SR in women’s T20Is (142.45).  Since the 2016 World T20, Tryon’s SR has been 150.00, second only to England’s Danni Wyatt among women with 200+ runs in that time.

Her 32* (7) vs India on 13 February holds the record for the highest SR score of 25+ runs in international cricket (457.24).

WT20I Bp6 Tryon

The whole tournament being televised for the first time means this edition of the World T20 has the potential to make stars of more players than ever.  If things go well, that added exposure could be the push to get players such as Tryon the domestic T20 contract they deserves.

In truth, a batting line-up containing as many talented and powerful players as South Africa’s should be making much higher totals than their best of 169/4 vs Bangladesh since the 2016 World T20.  Similarly to the West Indies, South Africa tend to rely on big hitting at the end to ‘catch-up’ and post respectable totals.  South Africa’s run rate since the World T20 is an above average 7.00 rpo, but not enough to outstrip their dismal economy rate.

To reach the semi-final, South Africa will almost certainly have to beat the hosts on 14 November.  West Indies have won all three previous meetings at the World T20, though the last of those was in 2012, and South Africa’s comeback in their most recent series suggests that virtual quarter final will be very close.  At the very least, South Africa will be looking to outdo their last outing at the World T20.  In 2016, they only managed one win (vs Ireland) and finished second last in their group.

SQUAD: Dane Van Niekerk (c), Trisha Chetty, Moseline Daniels, Mignon du Preez, Yolani Fourie, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Zintle Mali, Robyn Searle, Tumi Sekhukhune, Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt
Squad T20I stats

Since 2016 World T20P 14 W 8 L 6 (WL 1.333)Bat 1st_ W6, L3 _ Bat 2nd_ W2, L3Highest total_ 1596 vs SLHighest successful chase_ 151 vs INDRecent form_ LLWWLLAverage runs per wicket

Sri Lanka beat South Africa during the 2016 tournament but will do well to leave the Caribbean with any wins in 2018.  Sri Lanka will most likely be fighting it out with Bangladesh to avoid a last place finish.  The Sri Lankans do have the distinction of being the only side to beat Bangladesh during their victorious Asia Cup campaign, but they also went on to lose to Thailand during the same tournament.

In their only previous meeting with Bangladesh at the World T20, Sri Lanka lost to the hosts by 3 runs in 2014.  Sri Lanka have only managed four wins in women’s T20Is since the last tournament, one of which was against Malaysia.  Sri Lanka’s tranche of spin and slow bowlers will be useful, if not particularly penetrating in the West Indies, but not enough to make up for one of the most fragile, collapse-prone line-ups in the competition.  Only Ireland (15.65)  and Bangladesh (15.96) average fewer balls per wicket against top ten nations than Sri Lanka (16.07) since the last World T20.

The average rate of dismissals by run out in women’s T20Is played between the top ten sides in 2018 is 10.88%, by far the lowest rate in the last decade.  Despite this, Sri Lanka have lost 21.92% of their wickets to run outs in those matches in 2018, the highest rate for any side at the World T20.  The next most run out side are Ireland, at 15.79% of dismissals.

The oldest side in the tournament, at an average of 29 years 263 days, this could be the last major tournament for several veterans of Sri Lanka’s most successful ICC tournament, the 2013 World Cup.  Yasoda Mendis (32), Sripali Weerakkody (32), Udeshika Prabodhani (33), Shashikala Siriwardene (33), Eshani Lokusuriyage (34) and Dilani Manodara (35) all played in one or both Sri Lanka’s victories vs England and India during that tournament.

The same is true for Sri Lanka’s trump card, who still has several tournaments ahead of her.  Captain Chamari Atapattu is the only Sri Lankan to have appeared in either the WBBL or KSL, but hasn’t been in sparkling T20I form herself in recent times.  Atapattu’s highest T20I score since the last World T20 is 39, and her SR of 101.66 is below the average rate for the period.

In 2018, Anushka Sanjeewani is the only Sri Lankan batter to have made a T20I half-century, but she didn’t make the squad.

Nilakshi de Silva caught the eye during Sri Lanka’s recent ODI and T20I series vs India and could do some damage at the World T20.  Before those series, De Silva had 140 runs off 241 balls (SR 58.09) in her ODI & T20I careers.  In a series of quickfire cameos vs India, De Silva scored 107 off 76 (140.79), having benefited from playing in Australian Premiere cricket in 2017/18.

The brightest star on the horizon for the future of Sri Lankan cricket is 17 year old Kavisha Dilhari.  A tidy offspinner, against India on 16 September Dilhari became the youngest Sri Lankan to take an international wicket, but what particularly impressed on that day was her temperament during Sri Lanka’s victorious run chase.  With Sri Lanka needing 10 off 8 for their first win vs India since the 2013 World Cup, Dilhari batting at #9 in her 2nd ODI, Dillscooped Mansi Joshi to the boundary to relieve the tension, and in the next over hit the winning runs.

Sri Lanka: Chamari Athapaththu (c), Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Ama Kanchana, Sugandika Kumari, Eshani Lokusooriya, Dilani Manodara, Yashoda Mendis, Hasini Perera, Udeshika Prabodani, Inoshi Priyadharshani, Oshadhi Ranasinghe, Shashikala Siriwardena, Rebeka Vandort, Sripali Weearakkody
Squad T20I stats

Since 2016 World T20P 14 W 8 L 6 (WL 1.333)Bat 1st_ W6, L3 _ Bat 2nd_ W2, L3Highest total_ 1596 vs SLHighest successful chase_ 151 vs INDRecent form_ LLWWLLAverage runs per wicket

Whatever happens at this tournament, 2018 has already been the best year in the history of Bangladesh women’s cricket.  They began their Asia Cup campaign with a loss to Sri Lanka, equalling their own record for most women’s T20Is lost in a row (15).  After that however things took an unexpected turn.  Bangladesh, who had never won more than two T20Is in a row, won their four remaining group matches, including a first ever win vs India (who had never previously lost at the Asia Cup), and a first T20I win vs Pakistan.  In a nail-biting final, that went down to the final ball, they once again defeated India to claim the trophy.

The first signs Bangladesh might be on an upward curve were seen earlier in the year, during their tour of South Africa.  Though they were comfortably whitewashed in both ODIs and T20Is, Bangladesh passed a number of notable milestones on that tour.  Fargana Hoque, Rumama Ahmed and Shamima Sultana all made half-centuries in the ODI series, the first time three Bangladesh women had made fifties in an away series.  Rumana and Shamima made Bangladesh’s record 4th wicket stand in the ODIs and Fargana and Shamima made their record 3rd wicket stand during the T20Is.

In the 2nd T20I, Shamima then became the first Bangladesh woman to make a T20I half-century, and Bangladesh’s beaten total of 137/5 was at the time, their highest total in T20Is.

Less than three weeks later, Fargana’s 52* bettered Shamima’s national record by 2 runs and Bangladesh improved on their highest total by 5 runs, to clinch that landmark first win vs India.  Rumana, who had taken 3-21 earlier in the day, would finish 42* in that chase, while Shamima had got things off on the right track with 33 off 23.

Those three will be the bedrock of any batting success Bangladesh have at the World T20, and Rumana Ahmed also has the 2nd most women’s T20I wickets (26) in 2018.  On 28 June, Jahanara Alam (5-28 vs Ireland) became the first Bangladesh woman to take a T20I 5-fer.  She was swiftly followed by Panna Ghosh, who took 5-16 vs Ireland in the final of the World T20 qualifier on 14 July.

Bangladesh’s extraordinary run, which continued for two games after the Asia Cup, lasted seven matches in all, the eighth longest winnings streak in women’s T20Is.  Bangladesh have won twelve of their last sixteen matches, having previously won just five of their first 38.  After winning the World T20 qualifier in July however, they suffered something of a setback vs Pakistan last month.

At Cox’ Bazar, Bangladesh were bowled out for 30, the lowest total in a match between two full member nations, and the joint 4th lowest in any women’s T20I.  Things barely improved during the rest of the series, as Bangladesh’s batters could muster just five double figure scores across the three matches.  In another unexpected turn, two days after the conclusion of that chastening series, Bangladesh beat Pakistan in an ODI, thanks to Khadija Tul Kubra’s 6-20, the 8th best figures in women’s ODIs.

The World T20 is a rare chance for Bangladesh Test themselves against England and West Indies, neither of whom have ever faced them outside the confines of the tournament.  South Africa and Pakistan are the only members of the top eight to face Bangladesh with any regularity in bilateral cricket in recent times.

Most bilateral T20I matches vs Bangladesh:
9 vs South Africa (W1, L8)
7 vs Pakistan (L7)
6 vs India (L6)
4 vs Ireland (W2, L2)

If they play to the peak of their potential in 2018, Bangladesh should be able to beat Sri Lanka, and even have an outside chance of catching West Indies cold in the opening match, which will be the only game in Group A to be played on the spin-friendly surface of Providence, Guyana.

SQUAD: Salma Khatun (captain), Ayasha Rahman, Fahima Khatun, Fargana Hoque Pinky, Jahanara Alam, Khadija Tul Kubra, Lata Mondal, Nahida Akter, Nigar Sultana Joty, Panna Ghosh, Ritu Moni, Rumana Ahmed, Sanjida Islam, Shamima Sultana, Sharmin Akhter Supta
Squad T20I stats

WT20I win loss since 2016

2018 Women’s World T20 preview part 1
2018 Women’s World T20 preview part 3 – Group B



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