Bangladesh Women try their strengths for the third time as they face West Indies © Getty Images
Bangladesh Women try their strengths for the third time as they face West Indies © Getty Images

Bangladesh Women try their strengths for the third time as they face West Indies Women in Match 8 of ICC Women’s World T20 2016 at the MA Chidambaram stadium, Chennai on Sunday. This is going to be yet another tough challenge for the ladies from Bangladesh as West Indies have recently beaten a powerful Pakistan which not only showed the talent the team have but also boosted the confidence to take on  the next team with a lot of positives. Bangladesh Women, on the other hand, are coming from two back to back defeats which makes the game a must win for them to remain valid in the series. Full Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh Women vs West Indies Women, Match 8, Group B at Chennai

Bangladesh Women are not having a very good time in the international circuit as they managed to win only one game in their last four matches. Bangladesh played two warm-up matches before the tournament and won over Ireland Women while lost it to Sri Lanka. They started their campaign against hosts India, who are currently in a terrific form. Bangladesh were dominated in both their batting and bowling by the Eves and received a 72-run defeat. The next team they faced was yet another powerful side, England and this time they were defeated by 36 runs.

To say, there is nothing that can be called a positive point in the Bangladesh Women’s team. Both their batsmen and bowlers are not experienced enough to handle pressure of big matches while they lack the finesse. Undoubtedly, the team comprises of talented players but they need to polish their skills. The first thing they need is a bowler who is efficient with the new ball. The skipper, who generally opens the bowling has failed in the last two occasions to bag early wickets which led to a strong opening partnership from the opponents. The target went onto become a huge one which increased pressure upon the batsmen who failed to deliver subsequently. Another problem that is evident from their performance is their want of a potent batsman who can stand there to play an innings that can win them the match.

West Indies Women have performed brilliantly in their tournament opener against Pakistan. The lethal Pakistan bowling led by Anam Anim restricted the Windies at 103 for 8 in 20 overs. The only mentionable contribution came from Stefanie Taylor who scored 40 runs while rest of her teammates struggled to score. But they came back with the ball strongly, restricting Pakistan at an even lower score of 99 and won by 4 runs, making the match a close one. The match showed the efficiency of the bowlers and proved the team is ready with both their batsmen and bowlers and if one department fails, the other is ready to take on responsibilities.

It will surely be hard for Bangladesh, who are struggling to put up an all-round performance and moreover act as a team in front of West Indies, for whom, it is the team game that works.

Squads:

Bangladesh Women: Stafanie Taylor(c), Shakera Selman(vc), Merissa Aguilleira(wk), Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy-Ann King, Kyshona Knight, Kycia Knight (wk), Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt

West Indies Women: Jahanara Alam(c), Ayasha Rahman, Fahima Khatun, Fargana Hoque, Khadija Tul Kubra, Lata Mondal, Nahida Akter, Nigar Sultana (wk), Panna Ghosh, Ritu Moni, Rumana Ahmed, Salma Khatun, Sanjida Islam, Shaila Sharmin, Sharmin Akhter

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)