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IND-W vs BAN-W, Women’s World Cup 2022: Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: India women vs Bangladesh women, Women’s World Cup 2022 (IND-W vs BAN-W)

Date: March 22, Tuesday, 6:30 AM IST

Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand

India Women will take on England Women in match no. 22 of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022. The contest will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton on March 22. India have been largely inconsistent so far, losing three of their five games, including back-to-back defeats at the hands of England and Australia. The batting has been largely dependent on two to three batters, while the bowlers also need to do better, especially after the way they performed against Australia, who chased down 278 without much effort. However, Mithali Raj return to form will be a big positive for India. The India skipper scored a half-century against India.

Bangladesh, playing their maiden ODI World Cup, are placed seventh in the points table with three losses in four games. But it can be pointed out that they have put up a good fight in all the games and have shown a lot of promise for a team playing the ICC event for the first time. Their batting, however, needs a lot of improvement. In their most recent game, Bangladesh failed to chase down a mere 141 runs against the West Indies after an impressive bowling performance.

Ahead of match 22, 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 IND-W vs BAN-W

The Seddon Park pitch is generally known to assist the seam bowlers while the spinners come into play once the match progresses. It’s a decent batting pitch and batting first is likely going to be the call of the toss-winning captain.

As for the weather update, the temperature is likely to range from 16 to 22 degree Celsius. It is going to be mostly cloudy, and intermittent rain can be expected during the game.

India women team news and predicted XI

Team news: India are currently placed fourth in the points table, and to make it to the semi-finals, the match against Bangladesh is a must-win. Currently, there are three teams eyeing the semi-finals – India, England and New Zealand, all having four points each. With 10 points, Australia are already confirmed to play the semi-finals, while South Africa (8 points) and West Indies (6) have also more or less made it to the next stage.

Predicted XI: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sneh Rana, Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad.

Bangladesh women team news and predicted XI

Team news: Despite being the first-timers in the tournament, Bangladesh have proved that they cannot be taken lightly. Their bowlers have been impressive so far and if the batsmen also get going, India can be faced with a stiff challenge.

Predicted XI: Shamima Sultana (wk), Sharmin Akhter, Fargana Hoque, Nigar Sultana (c), Rumana Ahmed, Ritu Moni, Fahima Khatun, Salma Khatun, Nahida Akter, Jahanara Alam, Fariha Trisna.

Head to head record

India women and Bangladesh Women have played only four ODIs to date, with India winning all of those. Three of those matches were played in India.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for IND-W vs BAN-W

Harmanpreet Kaur – Batter, India Women

Harmanpreet Kaur has been among India’s best performers in this edition of the World Cup. She scored a knock of 71 against New Zealand, 109 against West Indies and most recently, an unbeaten 57 against Australia. The attacking batter is also India’s highest run-scorer against Bangladesh in ODIs with 195 runs. The right hand batter has an average of over 35 in her ODI career of 116 games, and will be looking to make the most of her experience in the do or die clash.

Smriti Mandhana – Batter, India women

Another batter from the Indian side indispensable to your MPL team is Smriti Mandhana. The opener batting was the team’s leading run-scorer in 2021 was also awarded the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year last year. The southpaw carried her fine form into the World Cup, scoring a knock of 123 against the West Indies and a half century against Pakistan. Although Mandhana has only 45 runs in her last two innings, she is still a good pick for your fantasy team’s captaincy for this game.

Mithali Raj – Batter, India women

Just when questions were being raised about the India captain’s lean patch, she silenced critics with a half-century against Australia, who boast of a solid bowling attack. Raj scored 68 runs to take India to a target of 277, and will be looking to carry the momentum into the must-win game against Bangladesh. Her two decades of experience in international cricket will be very crucial to India’s chances in the remainder of the tournament.

Nigar Sultana – Wicketkeeper-batter, Bangladesh

While Bangladesh’s batting has been largely poor in the tournament, their skipper Nigar Sultana has been among the better performers. She has scores of 46 and 25 in her last two outings and will want to convert the starts into longer innings in the next game. She has an average of 23.19 in ODIs.

Salma Khatun – All-rounder, Bangladesh

Although Salma Khatun has not been able to deliver results with the bat, she has been among the wickets. The offbreak bowler has five wickets in four games and has been economical as well. Jahanara Alam is another good pick for your fantasy team. She has four wickets in as many games.

MPL fantasy XI – IND-W vs BAN-W

IND-W vs BAN-W – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The 2022 Women’s ODI World Cup will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the games on the Disney + Hotstar app. The India Women vs Bangladesh Women match will begin at 6.30 AM IST on March 22.

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Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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