Pakistan and Sri Lanka qualified for next year’s ICC Women’s World T20 as they recorded comfortable wins over hosts Ireland and the Netherlands in Dublin. Zimbabwe also won and will contest the plate final on Wednesday against either Thailand or Canada, whose match was forced into a reserve day by rain. The crucial third place play-off to decide the final qualifier will also take place on Wednesday.
Pakistan were the first of the sides on show in the ICC Women’s World T20 qualifier to book their place in the 2014 edition of the main tournament in Bangladesh. They comfortably beat hosts Ireland to progress to Wednesday’s final. Only Kim Garth of the Irish batters reached double figures in what was a thoroughly disappointing batting performance. She made an unbeaten 38 from number three but Ireland were all our for just 65. Sadia Yousuf was the pick of the Pakistan attack with four for nine from her four overs.
Garth was then the only Ireland player to strike with the ball, removing Nahida Khan for 13 in the seventh over, as Pakistan got home in the 15th over to win by nine wickets. Javeria Khan finished not out on 34 off 39 balls, with Nain Abidi on 16 off 28.
Sri Lanka had to contend with the rain that arrived in Dublin in the afternoon, but they still made it through to join Pakistan by beating the Netherlands by 33 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method. Deepiak Rasangika made 47 off 50 balls and added 52 with Yasoda Mendis (26 off 22 balls) for the second-wicket. Eshani Kaushalya then added some late impetus by ending not out on 33 off only 16 balls as Sri Lanka ended on 157 for six from 19 overs.
The Dutch were then set an imposing 85 in nine overs to win. They began promisingly thanks to openers Miranda Veringmeier (14 off 15) and Helmien Rambaldo (22 off 24) and reached 39 for one in the sixth over. However, the spiralling required run rate got the better of the new batters and they finished well short on 51 for four. Sandamali Dolawatte, Shashikala Siriwardene and Chandima Gunaratne each picked up a wicket for Sri Lanka.
Zimbabwe made it back-to-back wins in the competition by defeating Japan in a low-scoring game to progress to the plate final. Sharyce Saili took three for 15 from her four overs, while there were wickets also for Tasmeen Granger (1-14), Precious Marange (1-10), Josephine Nkomo (2-9) and Christabel Chatonzwa (1-4) as no Japanese batter made double figures. Extras were the comfortable top-scorers with 21. Zimbabwe then also struggled with the bat and limped to their target to win by three wickets. Opener Loren Tshuma made 12, while Marange hit 13 from number eight. They had found themselves 30 for six at one point as Mai Yanagida took four for five from her four overs.
Thailand and Canada will have to return tomorrow to find the identity of Zimbabwe’s plate final opponent after their match was interrupted by rain at the halfway point. Canada will require 93 to win from 18 overs when the match resumes at 0900 GMT in the morning. Thailand made 92 for six from their 18 as Chanida Sutthiruang top-scored with an undefeated 17-ball 23 and four other batters reached double figures. Monali Patel was the pick of the Canadian attack with two for 23 from four overs.
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