Time: 21 Mar, 6.30 AM, IST
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Barring the last game, where South Africa won chasing, it’s been a happy-defending ground. In the ongoing tournament, the first four matches at Hamilton has been won by the team defending.
Probable XI for West Indies: Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews, Rashada Williams, Stafanie Taylor (c), Shemaine Campbelle (wk), Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Alleyne, Afy Fletcher, Karishma Ramharack, Shamilia Connell
Probable XI for Pakistan: Nahida Khan, Sidra Ameen, Bismah Maroof (c), Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Diana Baig, Nashra Sandhu, Ghulam Fatima
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Hayley Matthews has been doing it all with both bat and ball for West Indies. In 5 matches, the star all-rounder has scored 225 runs at 45.00 and claimed 10 wickets. Given her recent form, she would be an ideal pick as a fantasy captain.
Veteran Stafanie Taylor hasn’t been at her best in this tournament. That said, she contributed heavily with the ball by dismissing the last three Bangladeshi batters to script a narrow win for West Indies.
Shemaine Campbelle can be a handy pick in the wicket-keeper category. She has scored 170 runs, including 53* in the last match against Bangladesh. With the gloves too, she has inflicted 3 dismissals.
Nida Dar might have picked up only 3 wickets in this tournament, but she remains the leading wicket-taker (16) for Pakistan against West Indies.
Barring a 62 against India, Deandra Dottin hasn’t done much with the willow. However, she has scored 772 runs, including the highest score of 100* against Pakistan in the ODIs.
After a string of low scores, Sidra Ameen finally responded with a splendid 104 in her last match against Bangladesh. If Pakistan are to upset the West Indies, then the opening batter will have to make another meaningful contribution.
Fatima Sana will open the bowling for Pakistan. In only 8 ODIs against West Indies, she has bagged 15 wickets at 20.53. She is also a capable batter down the order.
Afy Fletcher’s impressive figures of 10-0-29-3 was instrumental in helping West Indies defend a paltry score against Bangladesh. She also added valuable bonus points with her economical spell.
With two consecutive scores in the 40s, Nahida Khan’s batting at the top will be crucial for Pakistan.
Pakistan will rely on their leading wicket-taker Nashra Sandhu for regular breakthroughs. In this World Cup, she has taken 7 scalps in 4 outings.
Karishma Ramharack is yet to pick a wicket in this tournament. But she provided handy bonus points by conceding only 15 runs in 10 overs, including three maidens against Bangladesh.
Both teams have clashed 33 times in the ODIs, out of which West Indies have won 24 and Pakistan 9. While the West Indies have won 3 out of 5 games in this World Cup, Pakistan have lost all 4 and will enter this contest as the underdogs.