Anderson, Maqsood star in Scottish side's eight-wicket win against PNG, while Chipo Mugeri leads from the front in Zimbabwe's ten-wicket triumph against China
Scotland Women and Zimbabwe Women won their respective opening matches of the Women’s World Twenty20 qualifier in Bangkok on Saturday (November 28).
While Scotland beat Papua New Guinea Women by eight wickets at the Thailand Cricket Ground, Zimbabwe registered a ten-wicket victory over China Women at the Asian Institute of Technology Ground.
Having chosen to field first, Scotland bowled PNG out for 53 in 19.3 overs, and then chased down the target in 15.4 overs.
The match started with Kristie Gordon having Norma Ovasuru caught and Varoi Morea trapped in front of the wicket in her first two overs. Wickets kept falling after that at regular intervals, as PNG could not stitch partnerships together. Abtaha Maqsood too picked up two wickets to finish with impressive figures of 4-0-9-2.
Scotland had lost two wickets within the third over of its chase, but an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 43 runs between Kari Anderson (24 not out) and Samantha Haggo (11 not out) got the job done.
In the other match, Zimbabwe used seven bowlers to restrict China to 88 for 5 in 20 overs after winning the toss.
Only Zhao Ning and Huang Zhuo, the captain, crossed the 20-run mark. China’s highest partnership was of 30 runs, between Zhuo and Song Yangyang for the fifth wicket.
Modester Mupachikwa and Chipo Mugeri, the captain, opened the innings for Zimbabwe and chased down the target of 89 runs in 18.2 overs without being separated.
Mupachikwa made 33 not out, while Mugeri, who had taken a wicket in China’s innings, remained unbeaten on 51.
Earlier in the day, Ireland Women had beaten Netherlands, while Bangladesh had won against Thailand.
At the end of the four matches on the first day, Bangladesh is at the top of Group A followed by Scotland. Though both the teams have two points each from their respective wins, Bangladesh’s net run-rate of 3.650 is better than Scotland’s 0.861. PNG is third and Thailand is fourth.
In Group B, Ireland tops the chart with a run-rate of 3.190 followed by Zimbabwe, who has a run-rate of 0.455. China and Netherlands are third and fourth respectively.
The next set of matches will take place on Sunday, and will pit China against Ireland in Group B and Scotland against Bangladesh in Group A in the morning. In the afternoon, Zimbabwe will face Netherlands in Group B, while Thailand will take on PNG in Group A.