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.
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