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ICC T20 World Cup 2020: Topsy-Tervy West Indies Need Mountain to Climb Despite the Historical Advantages

West Indies, the Champion of the 2016 ICC Women’s World T-20 and the semifinalist of the previous edition has won only 4 out of 14 matches, they have played after 2018 World Cup. They were whitewashed by both India and Australia in their own backyard.

Key Players

Stafanie Taylor, Anisha Mohammed, Shakera Selman, Hayley Mathews, Afy Fletcher

X-Factor

Deandra Dottin

Strength

Regarded as one of the deadliest and unpredictable teams in the shortest format of the game, West Indies defeated Australia in the 2016 world Cup final. Though they lost the semifinal in 2018 against the same opponent, they remained unbeaten in the group stage. Their batting will be dependent on Matthews who has scored 199 runs and Cheadean Nation, who was their top scorer after the 14 matches, they have played after the 2018 world cup.

Stafanie Taylor
Stafanie Taylor

Apart from these players, the presence of Stefanie Taylor will assure their batting and bowling department. Inclusion of Anisha Mohammed and Dotiin will be another big booster for the side. Both of them rose to the occasion and Dottin even went on to claim the best figure in the World Cup against Bangladesh. In the series against Pakistan Dottin scored 158 runs in 3 matches with a strike rate of 139.

Though both of them haven’t played many matches, with all their experiences and abilities they can posses a threat to the opposition. Along with Anisha Mohammed, Afy Fletcher, who has taken 16 wickets after the 2018 World Cup will be the go-to bowler for skipper Taylor. The seam bowling department will be spearheaded by Shakera Selman and Shamilia Connell, both of them conceded less than 8 runs per over.

Another positive side is that, historically, West Indies has upper hand against all its opponent in a head to head basis. So West Indies can ignite the winning spirit within themselves on the given day, and don’t choke, they can qualify for the semi-final.

Weakness

Having said all the positive sides of the team, we need to remember that it’s the same side that has been whitewashed by India and Australia. Their batting has never got going and apart from Matthews, Nation or Stefanie Taylor, none of the batters has an average over 20. As the batters failed to score enough runs, bowlers failed to defend that run and vice versa.

Hayley Matthews
Hayley Matthews

Dependence on few players can be turn out to be vital in the given condition. Against India and Australia, they have scored run at less than 5 runs in an over. The failure to score at a brisk pace also is an area of concern for the team management.

Team

Stafanie Taylor (C), Anisa Mohammed, Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Sheneta Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Lee-Ann Kirby, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman

Fixtures

22/2 vs Thailand 12.30 PM (IST)
26/2 vs Pakistan 1.30 PM (IST)
01/3 vs England 1.30 PM(IST)
03/3 vs South Africa 1.30 PM(IST)

Head To Head

vs England Played 16 Won 8 Lost 7 NR/T-1
vs South Africa Played 17 Won 13 Lost 4 NR/T-0
vs Thailand Played 0 Won 0 Lost 0 NR/T-0
vs Pakistan Played 12 Won 7 Lost 2 NR/T-3

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