UAE recorded their second successive victory stopping Hong Kong by 11 runs in the opening match of the second day of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier at the ICC Academy ground.
Malaysia and Nepal, who had lost to the UAE and Hong Kong respectively on the first day, bounced back with impressive victories. Malaysia beat Kuwait by 81 runs while Nepal outplayed Bhutan by 8 wickets.
UAE vs Hong Kong
Hong Kong won the toss and promptly elected to field. Despite some tight bowling from Hong Kong, UAE openers Esha Oza and Kavisha Egodage put on a 49 runs partnership in 9.4 overs. Oza was the first to go when Iqra Sahar dismissed her for 22. She scored her runs off 28 balls with three boundaries.
Theertha Satish, who bagged the Player of the Match in the first match against Malaysia on the first day, lasted only six balls to score five runs before falling to Ruchitha Venkatesh. When Egodage too departed for 28 becoming another Venkatesh victim, UAE slipped to 74 for 3 in 12.4 overs. Egodage’s 35-ball knock contained four boundaries.
Chamani Seneviratna and captain Chaya Mughal added another ten more runs before Seneviratna got bowled by Kary Chan at unlucky 13 in the 15th over. In the same over, Chan also removed Priyanjali Jain, clean bowled for 1.
Former UAE captain Natasha Cheriyath joined Mughal and kept the score board moving till she fell after scoring 14 runs in the 19th over to Chan Ka Man. Mughal too fell in the last over after hitting a run-a-ball 20.
Chasing UAE’s total of 128 for 7, scored at a run rate of 6.40, Hong Kong began on shaky note. Mughal gave the perfect start for UAE by clean bowling opener Shanzeen Shahzad with the third ball of the first over. Natasha Miles and Yasmin Daswani tried hard to accelerate Hongkong’s run flow, but Mughal and Egodage bowled accurately.
Hong Kong posted 52 runs by the half way mark with Miles doing the bulk of the scoring. After Daswani got run out for 10, she was followed by Miles getting caught and bowled by Chamani Seneviratna for a run-a-ball 37 runs which contained five boundaries.
The task of lifting the team now fell on Mariko Hill, who was the Player of the Match on the first day against Nepal. Kary Chan took Hong Kong closer to the target but fell for 25 to Vaishnave Mahesh. Oza clean bowled Emma Lai for 1.
In the 19th over Mugal took a firm grip on the match clean bowling Hill for 24 and also running out Maryam Bibi for a duck. In the last over, Mughal and Oza ran out Hiu Ying Cheung and Ruchitha Venkatesh respectively. Oza had Iqra Sahar caught by Mugal for a duck off the last ball of the final over, after which they rushed for the victory celebration.
Mughal, who led from the front scoring a quick 20 rus , bagging two wickets, and producing two run outs, was rightly adjudged the Player of the match. “This victory is due to the practice matches we had before this event. We had talked about such match situations. Our plan is to give our best,” said Mughal.
Elaborating on the victory, Mughal then said: “After a look at the wicket, we knew that a total of around 130 to 140 would be ideal to win the match. Though Hong Kong chased strongly, we recovered in time to get back into the game. We are very particular not to lose any match and hence everyone contributed. These two victories have boosted the morale of the team.”
Hong Kong skipper Kary Chan attributed the defeat to the inability to score faster. “We need to score faster and bat stronger. We will aim to do that in the coming matches.”
UAE beat Hong Kong by 11 runs
UAE 128 for 7 in 20 overs; Hong Kong 117 in 20 overs
Player of the match: Chaya Mughal
Nepal vs Bhutan
Bhutan elected to bat after winning the toss. Their openers put on 30 runs in 6.6 overs when opener Sonam Paldon fell for 11 to Sita Rana Magar. Magar had one-drop Dechen Wangmo caught and bowled for 2. Five runs later, opener Ngawang Choden became Magar’s third victim, getting clean bowled for 13. At the score of 50, Bhutan skipper Yeshey Choden too fell to Karuna Bhandari scoring just nine runs. To make matters worse for Bhutan, Tshering Zangmo got run out for 6. When Pema Seldon too got run out for 1, Bhutan could go on to post only 61 for 6 in the 20 overs.
Nepal chased the total through opener Sita Rana Magar and Indu Barma scoring 33 runs in 4.2 overs before Magar fell to Tashi Cheki for 17. Skipper Rubina Chhetry joined opener Barma and took the team closer to the target. Chhetry got run out for 10 but Kabita Joshi (8n.o) and Barma (18n.o) took them to the target and win the match with 69 balls to spare.
Bhutan had beaten Kuwait on the first day by 40 runs and Nepal had lost to Hong Kong by six wickets on the first day. Sita Rana Magar who spearheaded Nepal’s fight back through an all-round show was judged the Player of the Match. “I have been playing for many years for Nepal and have produced this performance from my experience. I have now gained experience and know my role in contributing to the victory,” said Magar.
Nepal Skipper Rubina Chhetry lauded Magar’s contribution. “Magar is an inspiration for all the players in the team. Despite years of playing, she works hard and plays hard. She inspires every youngster in the team too to give their best like her.”
Bhutan skipper Yeshey Choden hopes to produce a comeback in the remaining matches. “Although our openers started well, our middle order failed. We will work at it and make sure these mistakes are not repeated,” said Choden.
Nepal beat Bhutan by 8 wkts. Bhutan 61 for 6 in 20 overs; Nepal 64 for 2 in 8.3
Player of the Match: Sita Rana Magar
Malaysia vs Kuwait
Malaysia won the toss and confidently elected to bat first. Their opener and skipper Winifred Duraisingam and Wan Julia gave a good start posting 44 runs in 5.5 overs. Julia got run out off a fine fielding from Maryam Omar for 24. Elsa Hunter, who joined her skipper, took the score to 81 by the halfway mark. In the 13th over, Mariamma Hyder trapped Duraisingam leg before for 44. Her knock off 40 balls contained three boundaries.
Elsa Hunter and Mas Elysa went for the shots and accelerated the run flow. Hunter hit 33 off 35 balls with three boundaries before driving Khadija Khalil into the hands of Jeefa Jilani. Elysa remained unbeaten on 43 off 28 balls studded with six boundaries. Malaysia thus posted an impressive 161 for 3 at a run rate of 8.06.
Kuwait, however, failed to get off to a quick start. Wan Nor Zulaika gave away just one run from her first over. Only seven and four runs respectively were scored in the next two overs. In the fourth over, opener Jeefa Jilani got run out for 8, and in the sixth over Khadija Khalil got clean bowled to Nur Arianna Natsya for 1. Priyada Murali kept scoring and top-scored with 34 before being run out. Mariam Hyder too chipped in with 21 runs. With Elysa and Mahirah Ismail taking two wickets each, they gave their team a big win.
Elysa, who was adjudged the Player of the Match for her all-round performance, expressing her delight said: “I thank my teammates and coaches for backing me. If not for their support I would not be standing here.” When asked about her knock, she said: “My team captain told me to go out and play like Virat Kohli and I followed her suggestion batting confidently.”
Kuwait skipper Amna Tariq, though disheartened by the show, said: “We made a lot of mistakes today but it was a good experience. These type of matches is what we need. We will go back, study our mistakes and come back strongly. I appreciate Malaysia for bowling, batting, and fielding brilliantly.”
Malaysian skipper Duraisingam lauded her teammates and said: “After our defeat in the first match, we had a team meeting. We knew what we are capable of performing much better than what we did yesterday, and we decided to show it today. I am thankful to my teammates for showing what they are capable of. We had decided that our top order should contribute and I am delighted that everyone contributed with good partnerships.”
Malaysia beat Kuwait by 81 runs. Malaysia 161 for 3 in 20 overs ; Kuwait 80 in 20 overs Player of the match: Mas Elysa