Hosts Sri Lanka and tournament favourites India registered convincing victories today in their Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup matches held today. India beat arch-rivals Pakistan at Navy Grounds in Welisara while the Lankan lasses defeated Bangladesh at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo.
After 4 days of delay, we finally got to see the first set of fixtures in Women’s..
Sri Lanka Women’s Emerging vs Bangladesh Women’s Emerging
Bangladeshi skipper Shaila Sharmin opted to bat first again following their win against Pakistan yesterday in Welisara, in which they batted first, as well. However, the decision didn’t help them this time around as 6 of their batters were sent back in 28.1 overs for just 50 runs.
Thanks to a 40-run stand between Sobhana Mostary and Fahima Khatun, they managed to save themselves from disgrace. They were further healed with a 27-run stand brought up by Khatun and Nahida Akter, which took them past 100.
In bowling for Sri Lanka, 18-year old Sri Lanka Women’s cap Kavisha Dilhari bagged 3 scalps with her spinners while Sathya Sandeepani and Umesha Thimashini, another national cap, claimed 2 wickets apiece.
The two seam bowlers, national caps Madushika Methtananda and Tharika Sewwandi picked 1 wicket each while Methtanandas’ wicket was the partnership breaking wicket of Mostary, who top-scored for Bangladesh with 29.
The run-chase by Sri Lanka was well anchored by the skipper Harshitha Madavi who led the team from front with her second half-century in two games. Involving in three crucial partnerships with opener Imalka Sanjeewani, Thimashini and Lihini Apsara, Madavi set the platform for an easy Sri Lankan victory.
Even though Sri Lanka lost 3 quick wickets following Madavi’s dismissal for 53, Dilhari and Sandeepani made sure that nothing anti-climax would happen with an unbroken stand of 19.
Bangladesh Women’s Emerging – 127 (48.3) Sobhana Mostary 29, Fahima Khatun 21, Nahida Akter 19, Murshida Khatun 15, Kavisha Dilhari 3/18, Umesha Thimashini 2/14, Sathya Sandeepani 2/35
Sri Lanka Women’s Emerging – 128/6 (34) Harshitha Madavi 53, Umesha Thimashini 18, Imalka Sanjeewani 14, Lihini Apsara 13, Sathya Sandeepani 12*, Nahida Akter 3/41, Fahima Khatun 2/30
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets
With this win Sri Lanka sneak ahead of Bangladesh in the Points Table to secure a spot in the finals against India which will be played on the 29th of this month at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo.
India Women’s Emerging vs Pakistan Women’s Emerging
India had a cake walk in beating their historic opponent Pakistan by a commanding margin of 7 wickets with 20 overs to spare. The off-spin leg-spin combination of Devika Vaidya and Sushree Dibyadarshini dismantled the Pakistani batswoman as they succumbed to a mere 106 runs losing all 10 wickets after opting to bat first in Welisara.
Apart from Tuba Hassan, Captain Rameen Shemim and wicket-keeper Najiha Alvi, none of the other batters could reach double figure scores. The bowling was not enough to defend their small total as Indian wicket-keeper batswoman Nuzhat Parween steered the Indian run-chase with a knock of 44 runs. Devika who picked up 4 wickets early in the day remained unbeaten with the bat too, as she saw through India going past the victory line.
Pakistan Women’s Emerging – 106 (46.5) Tuba Hassan 32, Rameen Shamim 31, Devika Vaidya 4/23, Sushree Dibyadarshini 3/16
India Women’s Emerging – 109/3 (30) Nuzhat Parween 44
India won by 7 wickets