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Bangladesh Women vs. Pakistan Women, 3rd T20 2023, Who Will Win in Today's Match Between Bangladesh Women and Pakistan Women at Chattogram?

Bangladesh Women vs Pakistan Women 3rd T20 2023, Who Will Win in Today's Match Between Bangladesh Women vs Pakistan Women at Chattogram?

Introduction

The Bangladesh Women's team will aim to complete a historic whitewash when they take on Pakistan Women in the 3rd and final T20I at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. With a commanding 2-0 series lead, Bangladesh will feel very confident. In contrast, Pakistan will be eager to regain some dignity by winning the dead rubber.

Bangladesh’s Form and Performance

Bangladesh has punched above its weight in this T20I series against a higher-ranked Pakistan team. They displayed grit and determination to achieve narrow victories in the first two matches. Sathi Rana and Nigar Sultana have been the standout performers with the bat, while captain Salma Khatun led the bowling in the opening game. The hosts will hope for another inspirational performance to blank Pakistan 3-0.

Pakistan’s Form and Performance

Despite being the better-ranked side, Pakistan has yet to fire in the series. Their batters have struggled to build substantial totals, while the bowling has also needed more discipline at crucial junctures. Skipper Bismah Maroof and all-rounder Nida Dar have been the only ones to make an impact. Pakistan will need big improvements across departments to stop Bangladesh from recording a whitewash.

Pitch and Conditions

The pitch in Chattogram is expected to be a good one for batting. The ball should come nicely onto the bat, allowing strokeplay. Teams batting first will eye over 150, given the short boundaries. The weather forecast is clear, with temperatures around 25 degrees Celcius. Dew may affect bowlers in the second inning. Chasing remains the preferred option for captains winning the toss.

Bangladesh's Key Players

Opener Shamima Sultana has given Bangladesh strong starts in both games. Captain Nigar Sultana leads from the front with her batting in the middle overs. All-rounders Rumana Ahmed and Salma Khatun provide balance and control with the ball. Fast bowler Jahanara Alam has posed problems for Pakistan's batters with her pace and variations.

Pakistan’s Key Players

Skipper Bismah Maroof holds the key to Pakistan’s batting fortunes at number three. All-rounder Nida Dar provides stability in the middle order and control with her off-spin. The opening duo of Muneeba Ali and Sidra Ameen must provide a solid base upfront. Pacers Diana Baig and Fatima Sana will aim for early inroads into Bangladesh's batting.

Bangladesh’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Bangladesh’s biggest strength has been their team unity and never-say-die attitude. Their lower-order batting lacks depth and power. Fielding is another area of concern, with multiple misfields and dropped catches. The spin attack also lacks variations on flatter decks.

Pakistan’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Pakistan has much experience in Maroof and Dar to complement young talent like Muneeba Ali. But over-reliance on the duo has hurt Pakistan. The middle order needs more stability and finishing firepower. Their bowling attack also needs more diversity beyond the pacers and off-spinner Nida Dar.

Recent Encounters Between the Sides

Eight Twenty20 Internationals have been played between Bangladesh and Pakistan, with Pakistan holding a 5-3 advantage in the head-to-head record before this series. In 2019, Pakistan swept Bangladesh with a 3-0 victory at home, but Bangladesh exacted its revenge by winning the series by a score of 2-0. Bangladesh also won their last bilateral encounter in 2020 by five wickets.

Match Prediction

Bangladesh has momentum and home conditions in its favor. Back their in-form batters, Sultana and Khatun, to take them to another win. Pakistan's over-reliance on Maroof and Dar remains a concern. Expect Bangladesh to complete a historic 3-0 whitewash of their higher-ranked opponents.

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