Match: England women vs Sri Lanka women T20I (ENG-W vs SL-W)
Date: July 30, 10:30 PM IST
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
England Women will take on Sri Lanka Women in Match 4 of CWG Women’s Cricket 2022. England Women recently won both the T20I and ODI series against South Africa and will be high on confidence ahead of their CWG 2022 opening match. In their most recent T20 international played a week ago, England’s bowlers did a brilliant job to restrict South Africa to a first innings total of 111. Katherine Brunt picked up four wickets while Sophie Ecclestone also picked two. In the second innings, Sophie Dunkley’s half century took them over the line with four overs remaining.
Sri Lanka Women, on the other hand, have not been at their best in recent months. They lost 0-3 to India at home recently, and have also lost their last four games against England Women on a trot. However, they beat Bangladesh Women in the final of the qualifiers round to reach the 2022 CWG.
Both the teams will look to start their Commonwealth Games 2022 campaign on a winning note. But going by how both the teams look on paper, England are the favourites to win this encounter.
Ahead of match 4 of CWG cricket 2022, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.
Weather update and pitch report for ENG-W vs SL-W T20I
Edgbaston, Birmingham is an excellent batting pitch. Fast bowlers get plenty of assistance from the surface but spinners do not get enough turn. A total of 10 T20 internationals have been played at this venue in the past, of which only one match has been won chasing. The captain winning the toss is likely to opt to bat first. The average first innings score on this ground is 164, while the average second innings score is 146. The highest total recorded is 221 for 5 while the lowest total recorded is 121 for 10.
The weather during the game will be overcast and we could see showers interrupt the game. The temperature will fluctuate between 26 to 30 degrees Celsius.
England women team news and predicted XI
Team news: England are one of the best teams in the game’s shortest format and also one of the favourites to win the gold medal. They recently won both the T20I and ODI series against South Africa and will be high on confidence ahead of their CWG 2022 opening match. They have plenty of match winners like Heather Knight, Sophie Ecclestone and Nat Sciver in their ranks.
Squad: Heather Knight (c), Maia Bouchier, Katherine Brunt, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Freya Kemp, Nat Sciver, Bryony Smith, Issy Wong, Danni Wyatt.
Predicted XI: Sophia Dunkley, Danielle Wyatt, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight (c), Bryony Smith, Amy Jones (wk), Maia Bouchier, Sophie Ecclestone, Kathrine Brunt, Issy Wong, Sarah Glenn.
Sri Lanka women team news and predicted XI
Team news: Sri Lanka are over reliant on their skipper, Chamari Athapaththu. The other batters have consistently underperformed in the recent past, and England’s experienced bowlers are likely to be a big challenge for them.
Squad: Chamari Athapaththu (c), Hasini Perera, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Vishmi Gunaratne, Malsha Shehani, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Ama Kanchana, Achini Kulasuriya, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Sugandika Kumari, Rashmi de Silva, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Anushka Sanjeewani.
Predicted XI: Vishmi Gunaratne, Chamari Atapattu (c), Hasini Perera, Kavisha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silva, Ama Kanchana, Anushka Sanjeewani (wk), Oshadi Ranasinghe, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhani.
Head to head record
England women and Sri Lanka women have met each other in 8 T20 matches, all of which have been won by England. Sri Lanka are yet to open their win account against England in the game’s shortest format.
Total games – 8
Sri Lanka women – 0
England women – 8
Five players to watch out for
Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for SL-W vs ENG-W
Chamari Athapaththu – batter, Sri Lanka
Chamari Athapaththu, Sri Lanka’s opening batter and captain, will be one of their key players going into the tournament. She recently scored 125 runs in three T20Is against India in June and was also Sri Lanka’s leading wicket-taker and run-scorer in the CWG 2022 qualifiers. In all, she has played 95 T20 internationals for Sri Lanka, from which she has 2054 runs at an average and strike rate of 22.57 and 104.68.
Rashmi Silva – bowler, Sri Lanka
Rashmi Silva is yet to make her T20I debut but in all certainty will be in the playing XI in the upcoming game. The spin bowler debuted in the ODI series against India and on debut, she picked the wickets of Shafali Verma and Harleen Deol in the same over.
Sophie Ecclestone – bowler, England
Sophie Ecclestone is currently the world number one bowler in ICC T20I rankings, and she has held that position for quite some time now. In her last five outings, Ecclestone has eight wickets. Not just that, she also scored 33 runs off just 12 balls in the last international outing.
Heather Knight – batter, England
Heather Knight is among the best batters in women’s cricket and a must have player in your fantasy team. She made significant contributions in the series against South Africa, including a fluent a half century. In all, Knight has played 88 T20Is, from which she has 1413 runs at an average of 23.55 and a strike rate of 118.34.
Nat Sciver – all-rounder, England
Nat Sciver is another player who can help you score points in your fantasy team. She has performed consistently well in her last few outings and brings with her the experience of 94 T20Is from which she has a batting average and strike rate of 25.05 and 113.10. With the ball, she has 73 wickets in the format.
MPL fantasy XI – SL-W vs ENG-W
ENG-W vs SL-W – where and what time to watch the match live in India
The Commonwealth Games 2022 will be televised live on the Sony Sports Network in India. You can watch the game on the Sony Liv app. The match will begin at 10.30 PM IST on July 30.
Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/
Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.