Women's World T20 Qualifier Final Abandoned

Pakistan and Sri Lanka players celebrate after sharing the trophy in Dublin
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Two successive days of persistent rain in Dublin has forced the abandonment of the ICC Women’s Twenty20 Qualifier final forcing Pakistan and Sri Lanka to share the trophy before Ireland beat Netherlands by two runs to also qualify.

Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka had already booked their places in next year’s tournament in Bangladesh before the final and finish the 10-day qualifying event unbeaten after near flawless campaigns.

The game was forced into a reserve day after just 20 overs were bowled on Wednesday thanks to heavy rainfall in the Irish capital.

The players and officials arrived at the YMCA Ground in Sandymount this morning with Sri Lanka needing 113 to win but any hopes of play were soon dashed as the heavens opened again, adding to the already saturated square and outfield after heavy overnight rain.

An inspection at 10.45am local time confirmed the inevitable as the umpires called the game off despite the best efforts of the ground staff.

In the third/fourth place play-off, Ireland held their nerve to defend 136 for five and reach their first ICC Women's World Twenty20 event.

Their win owed much to Isobel Joyce, who made 72 in 64 balls and Kim Garth, whose 31 was the only other double-figure score.

Netherlands were looking well set during their innings as Helmien Rambaldo made an unbeaten 58 in 54 balls but Ireland were sharp in the field, running out Heather Siegers (29) and Marloes Braat (12) in the closing stages.

Needing four to win from the final ball, Netherlands could only manage a single.

Yesterday, Sri Lanka made use of the favourable overhead conditions by restricting their Asian counterparts to 112 for five from their rain-interrupted twenty overs with Chandima Gunaratne taking two for seven.

Shashikala Siriwardene’s decision to bowl first was quickly justified as her bowlers caused the batswomen plenty of problems with movement through the air and off the pitch.

After a watchful start by the Pakistani openers, 31-year-old Gunaratne took her tally to nine wickets for the tournament by dismissing both Nahida and Javeria Khan during another impressive four over spell which leaked just seven runs and included a maiden.

However, fine knocks from Nain Abidi (45) and Bismah Maroof (35*) added some much needed impetus to the innings before a flurry of late wickets halted Pakistan’s momentum.

The pair but on a brisk but steady partnership of 82 but a brief ten-minute interruption in the 17th over halted their progress as three wickets were lost in the final over.

Abidi was one of them. She had showed grit and determination to battle through difficult conditions early in her innings and revealed some deft strokeplay before she fell to Chamani Seneviratna as Sri Lanka completed the innings on a high.

The ICC officials decided that an inspection of the ground would be made at 1pm local time to determine if any play will be possible between Ireland and Netherlands in the third-fourth placed play-off, which will determine the identity of the last country to take part in Bangladesh next March.

Meanwhile, the start of the third-fourth placed play-off in the Shield tournament between Canada and Japan was also abandoned without a ball being bowled at Merrion Cricket Club.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

23rd July: Ireland v Japan
IRE 170-1 beat JAP 53 by 117 runs
23rd July: Netherlands v Zimbabwe
NED 95-7 beat ZIM 92-9 by 3 runs
23rd July: Sri Lanka v Canada
SRI 47-1 beat CAN 44 by 9 wickets
23rd July: Pakistan v Thailand
PAK 145-6 beat THA 76-8 by 69 runs
25th July: Thailand v Netherlands
THA 85-4 beat NED 84-5 by 6 wickets
25th July: Canada v Ireland
IRE 146-7 beat CAN 69 by 77 runs
25th July: Zimbabwe v Pakistan
PAK 142-4 beat ZIM 70-9 by 72 runs
25th July: Japan v Sri Lanka
SRI 22-0 beat JAP 21 by 10 wickets
27th July: Thailand v Zimbabwe
ZIM 103-8 beat THA 74 by 29 runs
27th July: Pakistan v Netherlands
PAK 72-4 beat NED 52-5 by 20 runs
27th July: Japan v Canada
CAN 100-5 beat JAP 97-5 by 5 wickets
27th July: Ireland v Sri Lanka
SRI 63-2 beat IRE 62-9 by 8 wickets
29th July: Trophy & Shield Semi-FInals
PAK 66-1 beat IRE 65 by 9 wickets
SRI 157-6 beat NED 51-4 by 33 runs
ZIM 59-7 beat JAP 58 by 3 wickets
THA 92-6 beat CAN 79-8 by 13 runs
31st July: Finals and play-offs
Final: Pakistan v Sri Lanka
3rd/4th: Ireland v Netherlands
Shield: Thailand v Zimbabwe
7th/8th: Canada v Japan