Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 : The Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 is off to an exciting start with India Women emerging victorious in their first match against Pakistan Women. Harmanpreet Kaur’s squad chased down a historic total to win the game, and they will be hoping to continue their winning momentum in their second match against West Indies Women in Cape Town on February 15.
The Indian Women’s team has a significant advantage over their opponents. They have already recorded two victories against West Indies Women in a tri-series that took place on South African soil earlier this year. On top of that, the West Indies Women have not won a single T20I against India Women since the T20 World Cup 2016.
Let’s take a look at three players who could play a crucial role in determining the outcome of today’s match.
Deepti Sharma – India’s Bowling Ace ( Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 )
Deepti Sharma has been India’s go-to bowler in T20I matches, and she has troubled batters with her impeccable skills. In her last 10 T20I outings, Sharma has taken 16 wickets with an economy rate of 7.77 and a strike rate of 13.5. While she wasn’t at her best in India’s previous match against Pakistan, Sharma has a good record against the West Indies Women.
In the last game between India and West Indies Women, Deepti Sharma was the Player of the Match for her match-winning spell of 3/11. Fans will be hoping for a repeat of that performance today.
Radha Yadav – India’s Slow Left-Arm Spinner ( Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 )
Radha Yadav has been the pick of the bowlers for India Women in their last outing at Newlands. In the game against Pakistan Women, the slow left-arm spinner bowled a brilliant spell of 2/21 in four overs. Yadav has taken five wickets in her last eight T20I matches while maintaining an economy rate of 6.66. It won’t be a surprise if Yadav emerges as the top wicket-taker in today’s match.
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Hayley Matthews – West Indies Women’s Bowling Sensation ( Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 )
West Indies Women’s captain Hayley Matthews has been doing a great job in the bowling department. The right-arm off-spin bowler has taken eight wickets in her last 10 T20I matches with an economy rate of fewer than seven runs per over. She will have to lead her team from the front as they look to snap their losing streak in T20I matches against India Women.
Matthews looked in good touch during the Women’s T20 World Cup warm-up match against Sri Lanka Women, where she bowled a spell of 3/17. She will be keen to replicate that performance today in Cape Town.
The pitch at Newlands has been equally helpful for batters and bowlers. In the last game played on this ground, spin bowlers had a great outing. The slow bowlers took six out of the 10 wickets that fell in the game. It will be interesting to see how both teams utilize their spin options.
India Women start as the favorites to win today’s Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 match against West Indies Women. The Women in Blue have been in terrific form and will be looking to continue their winning streak. However, the West Indies Women can’t be written off, and they will be hoping to cause an upset today. It’s set to be an exciting contest between two talented sides.