Time: 27 Mar, 3.30 AM IST
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington
The last two matches at this venue were hampered by rough weather. Unfortunately, rain is forecast for this game too. Given the overcast and breezy conditions, seam bowlers from both sides will get the required assistance.
Probable XI for England: Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Jones (wk), Sophia Dunkley, Emma Lamb, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Anya Shrubsole
Probable XI for Bangladesh: Murshida Khatun, Sharmin Akhter, Fargana Hoque, Nigar Sultana (c & wk), Rumana Ahmed, Ritu Moni, Lata Mondal, Salma Khatun, Fahima Khatun, Nahida Akter, Jahanara Alam
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
After picking 3 wickets against Pakistan, Sophie Ecclestone has now become the leading wicket-taker (11) in the tournament. Additionally, she has given bonus fantasy points for maintaining an impressive economy of 3.58.
England would want their experienced batter Natalie Sciver to produce another match-winning performance with the bat against Bangladesh. She is the leading run-scorer (233 at 58.25) for her side in this tournament. In the warm-up game against Bangladesh, Sciver got 108.
It was Katherine Brunt’s splendid spell of 3 for 17 that pushed Pakistan to the backfoot. The England seamer dismissed openers Nahida Khan and Sidra Ameen, before coming back to get rid of Nida Dar.
It was Salma Khatun’s three-wicket haul that caused jitters in the Aussie camp. She has taken 7 wickets and also added handy runs with the willow down the order in this tournament.
By registering her first half-century (76) in this World Cup, Danielle Wyatt helped England chase the modest target set by Pakistan. She smashed 11 boundaries and also walked away with the Player of the Match award.
Lata Mondal might have gone wicketless in the last three games, but she has scores of 33, 24, and 9*.
With scores of 24*, 42, and 53* Heather Knight has been consistently chipping in with the bat in the last three games. She can also introduce herself into the attack to break handy partnerships.
Nahida Akter struggled to strike in the first three matches but has responded well by bagging 5 wickets in her last three outings.
After scoring 74, 46, and 62 in the first three games, Tammy Beaumont has gone off the boil in the last few matches. However, she has the game to get off the blocks quickly against Bangladesh.
Fargana Hoque is the leading run-scorer for Bangladesh (162) in this World Cup. If Bangladesh are to sign off on a high, they would need another strong performance from her.
Amy Jones can add value in the wicketkeeper category. Till now, she has inflicted 8 dismissals with the gloves. She also has a top score of 53 in this World Cup.
After being knocked out of the tournament, Bangladesh will be playing for pride. On the other hand, England have increased their semi-final hopes by beating Pakistan in their last game. If the defending champions can come out trumps against Bangladesh, then they will secure a spot in the last four.