India Women registered itself in Super Sixes of Women’s World Cup Qualifier winning the latest match against South Africa. In the match in Colombo, India knocked down its opponents by 49 runs. The inning had two fifties, one each from Mithali Raj and Mona Meshram. India hauled its inning to 205 to which South Africa could reply with only 156 all out. India Women proved their bowling might with Shikha Pandey and Ekta Bisht sharing seven wickets between them.
India’s inning was slow to begin as opener Deepti Sharma could not deliver any expected strike. All she did was scratching out 9 runs off 38 balls, remaining 12 overs in the crease. The inning recovered only under Raj and Meshram, who delivered 96 runs together. The best momentum was in the middle overs when the players hammered the bowlers. South Africa bowled tough to ensure a low strike from India’s player. In the final 20 overs, India could score only 93 runs.
In the chase, India came out stronger. The bowlers slacked the inning in the beginning to reduce South Africa to 8 for 2 in by the fifth over. The highest score was from Trisha Chetty, who knocked 52 off 81 balls. In India’s side, Shikha Pandey had most wickets finishing with four for 34 runs.
Sri Lanka was successful in their campaign against Pakistan. The latter set a target of 213, which Sri Lanka Women hauled with five wickets leaving 14 balls to spare. The best strike was from Eshani Lokusuriyage scoring 65. The opening stand between Nipuni Hansika and Chamari Atapattu of 75 runs gave the brisk start to the chase. Even if there was a slog of three wickets in a row, a next stretch partnership between Prasadani Weerakkody and Lokusuriyage ensured the victory. The players shared the pitch for 88-runs.
In another match, Bangladesh Women registered their first victory in Super Six against Ireland by seven wickets. In Colombo Cricket Ground, Ireland scored 144, which Bangladesh hauled in a cakewalk. While bowling, Bangladesh’s Jahanara Alam removed three wickets giving out only 21 runs. Ireland lost all its wickets in 47.1 overs. Bangladesh chased the low score with a strong start. The team notched the win in just 40 overs.
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