ICC U-19 Women's T20 World Cup 2023 - Cricket Match Predictions: All matches, 14th Jan
Here are the Cricket Match Predictions for the ICC U-19 Women's T20 World Cup 2023 which will be played in South Africa.
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Australia Women U19 vs Bangladesh Women U19
Australia women’s teams have earned the right across the past decade or more to always aim for the highest honours and the first U19 T20 World Cup will be no different.
With more than half the squad already tasting top-flight experience in the WBBL and domestic one-day competitions they can expect to cruise through the group including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the USA.
They will of course face tougher tests in the knockout stages but anything less than an appearance in the Final would be a surprise.
Victoria all-rounder Ella Hayward has become a familiar face on the domestic scene since making her elite debut in 2020, going on to play 30 WBBL matches for the Melbourne Renegades, with the right-arm off-spinner having taken 16 wickets in the competition.
Bangladesh have two strong opponents in Australia and Sri Lanka in their group. A 5-0 series victory over Malaysia would boost their confidence, but it came at home where the conditions are in stark contrast to that in South Africa.
The team, however, will have time to acclimatise to the conditions with pre-event camps and practice matches and could spring a surprise or two.
Skipper Disha Biswas, a medium-pace all-rounder, is one among four players in the squad who have been with the senior team. Alongside Biswas, Rabeya, Marufa Akter and Dilara Akter also toured New Zealand with the main squad in November.
Australia: Chloe Ainsworth, Jade Allen, Charis Bekker, Paris Bowdler, Maggie Clark, Sianna Ginger, Lucy Hamilton, Ella Hayward, Milly Illingworth, Eleanor Larosa, Rhys McKenna, Claire Moore, Kate Pelle, Amy Smith, Ella Wilson. Non-travelling reserves: Paris Hall, Samira Dimeglio, Sara Kennedy, Olivia Henry, Ananaya Sharma.
Bangladesh: Disha Biswas (c), Shorna Akter, Rabeya, Marufa Akter, Dilara Akter, Misty Rany Shaha, Reya Akter Shika, Sumaiya Akter, Afia Humaira Anam Prottasha, Mst Unnoti Akter, Mst Dipa Khatun, Leky Chakma, Asrafi Yeasmin Arthy, Jannatul Maoua, Mst Eva. Stand-by: Suborna Kormakar, Nishita Akter Nishi, Mst Rabaya Khatun, Juairiya Ferdous.
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Who will win the toss? - Australia
Who will win? – Australia
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Ella Hayward (Australia), Afia Prottasha (Bangladesh)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Rhys McKenna (Australia), Asrafi Yeasmin Arthy (Bangladesh)
Most Sixes – Ella Hayward (Australia), Afia Prottasha (Bangladesh)
Player of the Match – Ella Hayward
Team Scores Batting first – Australia 130+, Bangladesh 80+
Match Handicap Australia
United Arab Emirates Women U19 vs Scotland Women U19
UAE's 18-year-old skipper Theertha Satish has already appeared in 33 senior T20I games, scoring 823 runs at an average of 35.78 and a strike-rate of 109.58. The top-scorer for UAE in the Women's T20 World Cup 2023 Qualifier, Theertha was impressive in the ACC Women's T20 Championship last year which UAE went on to win.
With heavyweights India and hosts South Africa in their group, UAE have their task cut out and will hope to start their tournament on a winning note against Scotland.
It is notable that UAE have eight players with senior T20I experience in the side with the senior UAE team fielding quite a lot of young players in the Women's Asia Cup recently.
Scotland are placed in a tough group, with matches against hosts South Africa and powerhouse India following a winnable match first up against the UAE. That clash to open the tournament looms as a must-win encounter for Scotland, with the top three teams from the group progressing through to the Super Six stage of the event.
Realistically this should be the minimum expected of this talented Scotland squad and, with the likes of Ailsa Lister, Olivia Bell and Fraser at their disposal, there is no reason why they can’t achieve this goal.
Right-armer Katherine Fraser already has 31 senior caps to her name and the 17-year-old will be expected to use all of her experience to guide the Scottish team to success in her role as skipper in South Africa.
UAE: Theertha Satish (c), Vaishnave Mahesh, Samaira Dharnidharka, Lavanya Keny, Sanchin, Rinitha Rajith, Indhuja Nandakumar, Siya Gokhale, Mahika Gaur, Avanee Patil, Archara Supriya, Rishitha Rajith, Geethika Jyothis, Sanjana Ramesh, Ishitha Zehra.
Scotland: Katherine Fraser (c), Ailsa Lister (vc)(wk), Molly Barbour-Smith, Olivia Bell, Darcey Carter, Maryam Faisal, Maisie Maceira, Orla Montgomery, Niamh Muir, Molly Paton, Niamh Robertson-Jack, Nayma Sheikh, Anne Sturgess, Emily Tucker, Emma Walsingham
Who will win the toss? - United Arab Emirates
Who will win? – United Arab Emirates
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Theertha Satish (United Arab Emirates), Darcey Carter (Scotland)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Samaira Dharnidharka (United Arab Emirates), Katherine Fraser (Scotland)
Most Sixes – Theertha Satish (United Arab Emirates), Darcey Carter (Scotland)
Player of the Match – Theertha Satish
Team Scores Batting first – United Arab Emirates 110+, Scotland 100+
Match Handicap United Arab Emirates
South Africa Women U19 vs India Women U19
The Indian Under 19 squad is already in good form, having whitewashed the New Zealand U19 squad in a five-match home series last month. This was without Verma or Richa Ghosh being part of the squad.
With the two big additions to the T20 World Cup squad, India are among the strongest teams in the competition. They have a relatively easier group with South Africa, Scotland and UAE in it.
With plenty of senior cricket experience under her belt, Shafali Verma will be the key player for the squad. Verma has already played 74 international matches for India, scoring 2004 runs, including 12 fifties.
In fact, still 18, Verma holds the record for the most runs by any player before the age of 19 in women's T20Is. She is also the only women's player to play more than 50 T20Is before the age of 19.
Hosts South Africa have no players with senior international experience in the squad, but having played together quite a bit in recent times, they pack quite a punch.
Skipper Oluhle Siyo and all-rounder Kayla Reyneke seems destined for big things. The 15 players and the two non-travelling reserves also participated in CSA Women’s Super League.
Just turned 17, spinner Seshnie Naidu is a key player in South Africa's ranks. She picked up seven wickets in the recent bilateral series against the India under-19 team. Naidu was also impressive in the series against Zimbabwe women for South Africa emerging women's team.
South Africa: Elandri Janse Van Rensburg, Simone Lourens, Anica Swart, Karabo Meso, Madison Landsman (vc), Oluhle Siyo (c), Kayla Reyneke, Jenna Evans, Miane Smit, Ayanda Hlubi, Seshnie Naidu, Refilwe Moncho, Monalisa Legodi, Nthabiseng Nini, Jemma Botha Non-Travelling Reserves: Caitlin Wyngaard, Diara Ramlakan
India: Shafali Verma (c), Shweta Sehrawat (vc), Richa Ghosh (wk), G Trisha, Soumya Tiwari, Sonia Mehdiya, Hurley Gala, Hrishita Basu (wk), Sonam Yadav, Mannat Kashyap, Archana Devi, Parshavi Chopra, Titas Sadhu, Falak Naz, Shabnam Standby players: Shikha, Najla CMC, Yashashree
Who will win the toss? - India
Who will win? – India
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Shafali Verma (India), Simone Lourens (South Africa)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shafali Verma (India), Kayla Reyneke (South Africa)
Most Sixes – Richa Ghosh (India), Simone Lourens (South Africa)
Player of the Match – Shafali Verma
Team Scores Batting first – India 130+, South Africa 110+
Match Handicap India
Sri Lanka Women U19 vs United States Women U19
With former all-rounder Shashikala Siriwardene at the helm as coach, Sri Lanka will be hoping to make it out of their group and qualify for the Super Six phase of the tournament at the very least.
Just how far they progress will much depend on how skipper Vishmi Gunaratne fares with the bat, but there is no doubting her quality and the 17-year-old opener is one to keep an eye on throughout the tournament.
Sri Lanka have winnable matches against USA and Bangladesh to commence their campaign and can definitely make it out of their group by earning a top three finish with a pair of good performances.
While their final group match against Australia is sure to prove difficult, Sri Lanka will be hoping they have done enough through their first two matches to ensure progression.
With West Indies great and recent ICC Hall of Fame inductee Shivnarine Chanderpaul at the helm as coach, USA should not be underestimated heading into the inaugural ICC Women's T20 World Cup.
Much will be expected of USA skipper Geetika Kodali with the new ball and on recent performances there is every expectation that the 18-year-old can shine throughout the tournament.
The side claimed a head-turning series win over the West Indies in 2022, also knocking over fellow World Cup entrants UAE 3-2, and come into the tournament quietly confident.
The bad news for Chanderpaul and USA is they are placed in a tricky group, with matches against Sri Lanka, Australia and Bangladesh awaiting and a top three placing required during the initial stage to reach the Super Six phase of the event.
USA: Geetika Kodali (c), Anika Kolan, Aditi Chudasama, Bhumika Bhadriraju, Disha Dhingra, Isani Vaghela, Jivana Aras, Laasya Mullapudi, Pooja Ganesh, Pooja Shah, Ritu Singh, Sai Tanmayi Eyyunni, Snigdha Paul, Suhani Thadani, Taranum Chopra. Reserves: Chetnaa Prasad, Kasturi Vedantham, Lisa Ramjit, Mitali Patwardhan, Tya Gonsalves.
Sri Lanka: Vishmi Gunarathne (c), Dahami Sanethma, Umaya Rathnayake, Rashmi Nethranjali, Rashmika Sewwandi, Dewmi Vihanga Wijerathne, Manudi Nanayakkara, Sumudu Nisansala, Pamoda Shaini, Vidushika Perera, Dulanga Dissanayake, Rismi Sanjana, Nethmi Senarathna, Harini Perera, Vihara Sewwandi
Who will win the toss? - Sri Lanka
Who will win? – Sri Lanka
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Vishmi Gunarathne (Sri Lanka), Isani Vaghela (United States)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Dewmi Vihanga (Sri Lanka), Anika Kolan (United States)
Most Sixes – Vishmi Gunarathne (Sri Lanka), Isani Vaghela (United States)
Player of the Match – Vishmi Gunarathne
Team Scores Batting first – Sri Lanka 100+, United States 80+
Match Handicap Sri Lanka
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