Sri Lanka And Pakistan Qualify For Women's World Cup

Sri Lanka And Pakistan Qualify For Women's World Cup
Sri Lanka And Pakistan Qualify For Women's World Cup
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Sri Lanka and Pakistan won its vital cross-over matches in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2011 (WWCQ) in Dhaka, Bangladesh and by virtue of doing so have qualified for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013.

The two sides will join West Indies and South Africa at the event in 2013 which also features current world champions England, along with Australia, India and New Zealand.

Pakistan and South Africa have also qualified for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 by finishing in the top four of the event. West Indies and Sri Lanka are already qualified for the tournament which will be played in September next year.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh and Netherlands will now head to play-offs for ODI status. The hosts will face USA in a bid to gain ODI recognition while The Netherlands will play fellow European ODI side Ireland in a bid to retain ODI status – win or lose, Europe will finish this event with only one ODI women’s side.

In the ninth/10th play-off, Japan defeated Zimbabwe by six runs in a high scoring match at BKSP* 2, securing Ema Kuribayashi’s side ninth place in the ICC WWCQ 2011 and its only win of the tournament.

At Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS), watched by another fantastic crowd of local support, Sri Lanka took to the field as Bangladesh elected to bat first under the bright sunshine.

Of the most recent meetings between the two sides, five in total, Sri Lanka have come out on top all five times and today looked to be no different in the showdown between the two Asia sides. Sri Lanka’s opening bowler Udeshika Prabhodani had the hosts reeling at 13 for three, with the departure of key players Ayesha Akhter, Fargana Pinky and Suktara Rahaman.

It was then up to Salma Khatun to lead from the front with the captain striking 32 before she was caught by the ever athletic Sherina Ravikumar. Things didn’t get much better for the hosts as they managed to make just 100 in less than 50 overs as once again Sri Lanka’s bowlers continued to hit the target and the side’s fielding remained tight.

In reply, Dilani Manodara’s side stumbled in the beginning and struggled to secure runs thanks to some tight bowling by the hosts. Yashoda Mendis departed early but Inoka Galagedara and Sandamali Dolawatte ensured the runs were on the board and after their departure it was up to Shashikala Siriwardene to hit the side’s winning runs and secure ICC Women’s World Cup qualification for 2013.

At Khanshaheb Osman Ali Stadium (KSOAS), Sana Mir’s Pakistan made sure runs went on the board to make it a tough task for Helmien Rambaldo’s side when it came to chasing down the target.

The Dutch were set a mammoth total of 278 after Sana, along with Bismah Maroof, Nida Dar and Javeria Wadood piled on the runs for the Pakistanis to help them on their way to qualification for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013.

Javeria’s 67 along with Nida’s half-century were helped by in-form all-rounder Bismah who finished the game 66 not out as the side displayed some masterstrokes against the Dutch pace and spin attack.

In reply, The Netherlands were once again undone by spin, with Bismah and Nida combining to take three wickets each while Sadia Yousuf claimed two wickets also. Qanita Jalil’s pace took the early wickets of Rambaldo and Miranda Veringmeier and the Dutch batting line-up collapsed for 84, with only Denise Hannema and Kerry-Anne Tomlinson managing double figures.

In the final fixture of the day, Japan took on Zimbabwe in the ninth/10th play-off at BKSP 2. Neither side had secured a win in the tournament ahead of the fixture today but it was Japan’s chance with Kuribayashi’s side finishing the victors over their African opponents in a tight contest.

Having won the toss, Sharne Mayers elected to field first for the Zimbabweans and the side’s bowling attack took its time to get going, with Japan not losing its first wicket till it had posted 42 runs on the board after Mariko Yamamoto made a patient 38. However, Yamamoto departed after she was clean bowled by Sinikwe Mpofu.

Kuribayashi led by example, the 28-year-old left-hander, was also patient in her innings, taking 98 balls to reach 47, her highest score of the tournament. Zimbabwe’s bowlers did a good job with Japan’s lower order, dismissing the last five Japanese wickets for 27 runs but not before Japan had posted its highest total of the tournament, 153.

In reply, Zimbabwe’s batters were undone by the quickness of the Japanese in the field and good bowling from Kuribayashi. The captain claimed one wicket but also caught both Christabel Chatonzwa and Privilledge Charumbira and was key in the run-out of her counterpart Mayers. Yamamoto also showed her agility by snaffling key middle-order batter Nonhlanhla Nyathi caught and bowled.

As was the case against USA, Zimbabwe fell short of its target, although in this case by six runs and succumbed to fifth and final loss in the event. Audrey Mazvishaya and Sarah Dambanevana were well placed to score the remaining runs but the side ran out of overs after losing key wickets early on and victory was there for Japan to savour for the first time.

Tomorrow is a rest day, with play resuming on Thursday, fixtures are listed below.

Upcoming fixtures:

24 November

ODI - South Africa v Pakistan (Winner to 1st/2nd play-off, loser to 3rd/4th play-off) – SBNCS
ODI - West Indies v Sri Lanka (Winner to 1st/2nd play-off, loser to 3rd/4th play-off) – KSOAS
ODI – Ireland v Netherlands (winner qualifies for 5th/6th play-off and retains ODI status, loser to 7th/8th play-off) - BKSP 3
Bangladesh v USA (winner qualifies for 5th/6th play-off and gains ODI status, loser to 7th/8th play-off) - BKSP 2

26 November

-    1st/2nd play-off  - SBNCS
-    3rd/4th play-off - KSOAS
-    5th/6th play-off – BKSP 2
-    7th/8th play-off  - BKSP 3
Scores in brief – Day Five

At Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium
Bangladesh 100 all out, 47 overs (Salma 32; Prabodhani 2-14)
Sri Lanka 101-4, 26.3 overs (Attappattu 26, Siriwardene 22 not out; Salma 2-22)
Sri Lanka won by six wickets
Player of the Match: Salma Khatun (Bang)

At Khanshaheb Osman Ali Stadium (ODI)
Pakistan 277-4, 50 overs (Sana 49, Nida 57, Javeria 67, Bismah 66 not out)
Netherlands 84 all out, 37 overs (Tomlinson 22; Bismah 3-14, Nida 3-15)
Pakistan won by 193 runs
Player of the Match: Bismah Maroof (Pak)

At  BKSP 2 – 9th/10th play-off
Japan 153 all out, 49.5 overs (Yamamoto 38, Kuribayashi 47; Charumbira 2-10)
Zimbabwe 146-8, 50 overs (Mupachikwa 32; Nakayama 1-15)
Japan won by six runs
Player of the Match: Ema Kuribayashi (Japan)