India, South Africa seal Women’s World Cup spots

Mithali Raj hit 10 fours and a six in her 87-ball 73

India Women vs Bangladesh Women

Led by Mansi Joshi’s triple strike and an unbeaten 136-run stand between Mithali Raj and Mona Meshram for the second wicket, India cruise to a comfortable nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the Super Sixes match of the ICC Womens’s World Cup Qualifier at the Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground in Colombo on Friday (February 18).

By virtue of the victory, India were assured of qualification to the showpiece event in England this June.

Mithali, India skipper, won the toss and elected to field. Joshi struck early to dismiss opener Sharmin Sultana (7) and Sanjida Islam (2) with only 14 runs on the board.

However, Sharmin Akhter and Fargana Hoque revived Bangladesh’s innings with a 62-run stand for the second wicket, before the former was stumped off Devika Vaidya.

Hoque departed after compiling a fine fifty, but the rest of the batting order failed to make useful contributions as Bangladesh could muster only 155 runs in 50 overs.

Joshua, the pick of the bowlers, finished with figures of 3 for 25 from 10 overs.

India lost opener Deepti Sharma, who had clawed her way to a painstaking 22-ball 1, early, but that was the only blow they had to take as Mithali and Meshram danced their way through the chase.

While Meshram, opening the innings, struck 12 boundaries in her 92-ball 78, Mithali hit 10 fours and a six in her 87-ball 73. India won the match with 99 balls to spare.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh Women 155/8 in 20 overs (Fargana Hoque 50, Sharmin Akhter 35; Mansi Joshi 3-25, Devika Vaidya 2-17) lost to India Women 158/1 in 33.3 overs (Mona Meshram 78*, Mithali Raj 73*; Khadija Tul Kubra 1-37) by 9 wickets

Sri Lanka Women vs South Africa Women

Laura Wolvaardt and Sune Luus’s unbeaten fifties helped South Africa to a comfortable nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Super Sixes match of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers at the P Sara Oval.

Needing 143 runs to win, South Africa’s chase had little hurdle. Lizelle Lee laid the platform with a blitz up the order. She cracked seven boundaries and raced away to 35 off only 28 balls before being dismissed by Eshani Lokusuriyage.

Her opening partner Wolvaardt, who got off to a sedate start, then combined with Luus to complete the formalities. They added 99 runs in 27.3 overs as South Africa rode to their first win of Super Sixes with 13.5 overs to spare.

Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka skipper Inoka Ranaweera won the toss and elected to bat. South Africa struck in the second over with Chamari Atapattu getting trapped leg before for a duck.

The second-wicket pair of Nipuni Hansika and Chamari Polgampola added 67 runs, and happened to be the only steady partnership in the Sri Lankan innings. Soon after Polgampola was dismissed leg before by skipper Dane van Niekerk, the hosts’ innings came crumbling down.

The middle-order – Dilani Manodara, Prasadani Weerakkody and Eshani Lokusuriyage – combined to add only five runs as the hosts were reduced from 70 for 1 to 96 for 7. Some late blitz from Hasini Perera and Ranaweera helped Sri Lanka reach 142 in 50 overs. However, it turned out to be too less for their liking.

Sri Lanka and South Africa now have one win each in the Super Sixes. While Sri Lanka have four points, South Africa have edged ahead to six.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka Women 142/9 in 50 overs (Nipuni Hansika 48, Hasini Perera 26; Sune Luus 3-40, Dane van Niekerk 2-14) lost to South Africa 145/1 in 36.1 overs (Sune Luus 50, Laura Wolvaardt 50) by 9 wickets

Pakistan Women vs Ireland Women

Pakistan registered a thumping 86-run win over Ireland to bag two crucial points from the Super Sixes match of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers at the Colombo Cricket Club Ground.

Sana Mir, Pakistan skipper, won the toss and elected to bat. After losing Ayesha Zafar early, Pakistan’s innings was set up with some attacking batting by Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan. The duo combined to add 136 runs off 150 balls, before the former was dismissed by Isobel Joyce for 72.

Javeria went on to compile and unbeaten 90 in her 104-ball innings as Pakistan managed to post 271 for 5 in 50 overs, with Nain Abidi adding a quick-fire 51-ball 44.

Ireland, in reply, could never keep up with the demands of the target. Neither could keep the required run rate under check, nor could they put up big partnerships.

Barring the second-wicket partnership between Cecelia Joyce and Kim Garth, where they added 74 runs off 22.4 overs, there was no noteworthy stand by Ireland.

Sandhu, Mir and Sadia Yousuf bagged a couple of wickets each as Pakistan bagged their first win of Super Sixes, while Ireland are still in hunt of their first. The defeat rules them out of the chance of qualifying for the world cup

Brief Scores: Pakistan Women 271/5 in 50 overs (Javeria Khan 90*, Nahida Khan 72; Gaby Lewis 2-62) beat Ireland Women 185 in 48.5 overs (Cecelia Joyce 41, Isobel Joyce 33; Nashra Sandhu 2-25, Sana Mir 2-32) by 86 runs


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