1st T20I - Germany Women vs France Women 0900 GMT | 1100 CEST | 1430 IST
GR-W Last Five Matches: W W W W W (Avg score For 148, Avg score Against 60)
FR-W Last Five Matches: W W L W W (Avg score For 94, Avg score Against 93)
GERMANY WOMEN (GR-W)
Captain: Anuradha Doddaballapur
Wicketkeeper: Karthika Vijayaraghavan
Projected Opening Bowlers: Emma Bargna, Peris Wadenpohl
Germany Women Key Players
Did you know that the captain of the Germany Women’s side Anuradha Doddaballapur is a cardiovascular scientist? Doddaballapur set a world record in fourth T20I against Austria with her spell of 5 for 1. She became only the first woman to take four wickets in four balls in T20Is!
With 239 runs from five matches against Austria Women, Christina Gough finished as the top-scorer in the series. She recorded an astounding average of 239 and also scored an unbeaten century. Germany’s Janet Ronalds also scored an unbeaten century against Austria and she finished the series with 200 runs at an average of 200!
The bowling department of Germany Women is led by Emma Bargna and Anuradha Doddaballapur. Bargna finished the series with 10 scalps to her name and she had a bowling average of 3.70 and an economy rate of 2.46. Meanwhile, the German captain Anuradha picked up eight wickets in 13 overs and had also picked up a five-wicket-haul.
Sharing wicketkeeping duties for Germany will be Sharanya Sadarangani and Karthika Vijayaraghavan. Sharu, as she’s commonly known, boasts a unique record as the first female player to appear in the European Cricket Series when she kept wicket last summer for Kummerfelder Sportverein (KSV) in the ECS Kummerfeld in Germany.
France Women (FR-W)
Captain: Emmanuelle Brelivet
Wicketkeeper: Maelle Cargouet
Projected Top Order: Emmanuelle Brelivet, Jennifer King, Tara Britton, Alix Brodin
Projected Opening Bowlers: Emma Chance, Cindy Breteche
France Women Key Players
Jennifer King finished as the highest-scorer for France Women in 2019. She recorded 101 runs across six matches at an average of 50.50 and had a highest score of 46 not out. King also picked up seven wickets in six matches.
Joining Jennifer King with seven wickets is Isabelle Costaz-Puyou who also dismissed seven cricketers and had an economy rate of 4.18. However, the list of highest wicket-takers for France Women is topped by Emmanuelle Brelivet who picked up 10 wickets across six games. Her bowling average was 10.60 with an economy rate of 4.60.
Jennifer King and Irma Vrignaud will also be essential for France Women in the field. King had effected five dismissals as did wicket-keeper Irma Vrignaud.
Germany Women come off the back of a nine-match winning streak in T20Is, including a stunning 5-0 series win over Austria last year. France Women, meanwhile, haven't played for two years and will be looking to regroup and put up a fight.
Match prediction: Germany Women to win and make it ten wins in a row in T20Is.