Fantasy Picks: Diana Baig should have a ball against Thailand
March 3: T20 World Cup – Pakistan v Thailand, Sydney
Our XI: Nattakan Chantam, Sidra Nawaz, Javeria Khan, Muneeba Ali, Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig, Anam Amin, Nattaya Boochatham, Onnicha Kamchomphu, Chanida Sutthiruang
Captain: Diana Baig
Baig has given Pakistan fantastic starts in all three games so far. She has picked up five wickets and all of them have come in the powerplay. So you can expect her to pick up a few wickets against Thailand as well. Her economy in the tournament is 5.33 and her strike rate is 14.4.
Vice-captain: Javeria Khan
Javeria has been in good form – in the World Cup, she has scored 82 runs in three games and before that, she scored an unbeaten 57 in a T20I against England. She is a good vice-captain choice against a weak Thailand bowling line-up.
Aliya Riaz: Aliya has been the best batter on show from Pakistan in the tournament. She has scores of 41 and 39* against England and South Africa respectively. Her strike rate in the tournament is 123.07, which is much higher than her career strike rate of 92.40.
Nida Dar: Another Pakistan player who has contributed with the ball in every game so far – she has five wickets in the tournament. Thailand have scored 54 runs and lost five wickets in 14 overs against offspin in the tournament. Her ability with the bat in the middle order is another plus.
Onnicha Kamchomphu: Kamchomphu scored a 21-ball 26 against South Africa. She has the second-highest strike rate (84.7) for Thailand in T20Is. She could get you some points again.
Muneeba Ali: Muneeba has got into double-figures and gotten out in the last couple of games, though she did hit a few crisp boundaries when she scored 25 against West Indies.
Nattaya Boochatham: The highest wicket-taker for Thailand, Boochatham she has picked up just a single wicket in the tournament but her economy rate has been an impressive 6.62. Since she also bats at the top, she is a valuable pick.
Points to note
Since both teams are out of the tournament, there might be a few changes in the XIs. Please wait for the toss.
If Pakistan bat first, consider swapping the captain and vice-captain.