After yesterday’s fairytale win over Pakistan, it was back down to earth with a bump for Ireland today in Doha as they lost first to South Africa, who bounced back from yesterday’s disappointing loss to Pakistan, and then to the nominal home side.
South Africa 119-2 (Lee 50) beat
Ireland 73-8 (van Niekerk 3-15) by 46 runs
Women’s 20-Over Tri-Series, Match 3, Doha
It was a dominant performance from the Proteas in the day’s first match as a maiden fifty from impressive young opener Lizelle Lee helped them post 119 for two from their 20 overs after being asked to bat.
Ireland were then never really in the hunt in their run chase and finished woefully short on 73 for eight. Dane van Niekerk took three wickets, while Marizanne Kapp took two for nine from her four overs and Yolandi Potgieter helped tighten the screw by conceding just nine runs from her four overs.
Openers Clare Shillington and Emma Flanagan did take the score to 15 early in the fourth over, but key batter Shillington handed Kapp her first wicket when she was caught by Shabnim Ismail for 10. Flanagan was run-out soon afterwards for 12, with a steady stream of wickets then ensuing.
Van Niekerk dismissed much of the middle-order, removing Elena Tice (4), Isobel Joyce (7) and Laura Delany (5) in successive overs. When Melissa Scott-Hayward was then run-out for six, it left Ireland on 47 for six. Wicket-keeper Mary Waldron did make 13 to narrow the margin of defeat a little, but she gave Kapp her second wicket shortly before the end of the game.
Lizelle Lee was named player of the match for her innings of 50 off 63 balls, which included two sixes. She added 61 with fellow opener Trisha Chetty (23 off 29 balls) and then a further 27 with her captain Mignon du Preez before being bowled by Delany (4-0-33-2). Kapp and du Preez then took 31 runs from the final 20 balls of the innings to take the Proteas to their winning total.
Pakistan 132-5 (Nain Abidi 56) beat
Ireland 111-5 (Tice 44no, Qanita Jalil 2-14) by 21 runs
Women’s 20-Over Tri-Series, Match 4, Doha
Nain Abidi hit 56 off 58 balls as Pakistan got revenge for yesterday’s defeat with victory in a high-scoring evening game. Abidi - who had a torrid time in the 50-over series but now has two player of the match awards from three T20 games - led Pakistan to 132 for five from their 20 overs, with skipper Sana Mir adding some late impetus to the innings by hitting 23 off just 12 balls.
Ireland then suffered a terrible start to their chase and slumped to 16 for three before rallying slightly thanks to a fourth-wicket stand of 46 between Isobel Joyce and Elena Tice. However, they still ended comfortably short of their target on 111 for five as Qanita Jalil and Nida Dar each struck twice.
Jalil was the bowler to do the early damage, dismissing debutant Jennifer Gray for a golden duck and then having Emma Flanagan bowled for one. All this after Clare Shillington had been run-out in the very first over.
Joyce and Tice did add some respectability to proceedings but the required run rate was always steadily climbing. Any hopes of forcing an unlikely win were ended when Joyce - star of the first-day win over Pakistan - fell to Nida Dar for 36 off 34 balls. Dar also accounted for Melissa Scott-Hayward (5) in her next over before Mary Waldron joined Tice to take Ireland past 100. 16 year-old all-rounder Tice ended on 44 off 49 balls, with Waldron on 15 off 14.
Pakistan’s opening pair of Abidi and Javeria Khan had got their side off to a solid start after they had been asked to bat. The score had reached 29 in the fifth over before Javeria was caught off Louise McCarthy for 12 off 14 balls.
Abidi was then joined by Sidra Ameen and the pair set up Pakistan’s strong total. They added 41 in little more than eight overs, with Ameen finally bowled by Lucy O’Reilly for 18 off 24 balls. Qanita Jalil then played a sprightly cameo of 14 off eights balls, while Sana Mir clubbed three boundaries during her innings of 23 off 12 balls that dominated her fourth-wicket stand of 32 with Abidi. Abidi was finally run-out for a career-best 56 - her second T20I half-century - off the final ball of the innings.
Tomorrow is a rest day in the Qatar International Women’s Cricket Championship, with the final two group games - Ireland against South Africa and Pakistan against South Africa - on Wednesday ahead of Friday’s final. Ireland must beat the Proteas and hope that Pakistan also do if they are to make the final.
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