Ireland, Thailand book Qualifier playoff spots: Day 3 Wrap - Women's T20WC Qualifier
Toss: Bangladesh opted to bat
Result: Bangladesh win by 55 runs
Bangladesh posted their second-highest total in women's T20Is to thrash USA by 55 runs and win their third successive game in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier. The six-wicket win over Scotland two days back had already taken Bangladesh to the top of Group A in the Qualifier.
Here, after opting to bat first, Bangladesh lost Shamima Sultana cheaply, but the pair of Murshida Khatun and Nigar Sultana put on an unbeaten 138-run partnership, each bringing up their individual half-centuries.
The duo helped Bangladesh to 158/1 in 20 overs, their second-highest total in women's T20Is after the record-breaking 255/2 they made against Maldives in 2019.
In response, USA were reduced to 12/3 in the fifth over, losing three batters for a combined total of one run. However, skipper Sindhu Sriharsha and Lisa Ramjit fought back in a resilient stand for USA.
The duo remained unbeaten until the end, helping USA cross 100 for the sixth time in women's T20Is. They got to 103/3, falling short by 55 runs as Bangladesh made a clean sweep in Group A.
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Toss: Ireland opted to bat
Result: Ireland win by 19 runs
In an important day in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier 2022, Ireland sealed a place in the Qualifier playoffs with a win over Scotland at the Tolerance Oval. Opting to bat first, Gaby Lewis started off all guns blazing for Ireland, racing to 28 off 14 balls before she lost her opening partner Amy Hunter.
Lewis, though, carried on for Ireland, smashing 66 off 37 balls to give Ireland a strong platform. She was dismissed in the 12th over, by when Ireland had already edged close to the three-figure mark.
Orla Prendergast remained unbeaten on a 46-ball 55 and skipper Laura Delany made a quickfire 29 to help Ireland post 164, their fifth-highest total in women's T20Is.
Jane Maguire went on to remove the Scotland openers cheaply to give Ireland a firm upper hand in the contest that would decide the spot in the Qualifier playoff.
Sarah Bryce rebuilt for Scotland, but by the time she departed for a well-made 49, Scotland had too high a required run rate to scale. They eventually made 145/8, falling short by 19 runs as Ireland went through to the Qualifier playoffs.
Toss: Thailand opted to bat
Result: Thailand won by 12 runs
A four-wicket haul from Vicky Ara'a restricted Thailand to just 93/8 batting first after winning the toss. At 34/5, Thailand were in huge trouble before Chanida Sutthiruang pulled things back for them with an unbeaten 32-ball 36.
Sutthiruang found little support from the other end where wickets continued to tumble and eventually Thailand had to settle for just 93 in a must-win game.
Nattaya Boochatham had Sibona Jimmy early in the run chase, but PNG fought back with Tanya Ruma playing some crisp strokes. Onnicha Kamchomphu brought Thailand back with a couple of wickets in the middle overs, but the decisive blow came in the penultimate over.
With 21 needed off two overs, Boochatham delivered a brilliant over, taking three wickets and conceding just four runs as Thailand gained control. They went on to seal the match by 12 runs and book a place in the playoffs.
Toss: Zimbabwe opted to bat
Result: UAE win by 4 wickets
Zimbabwe lost both openers to Vaishnave Mahesh, but kept building the innings with a series of small partnerships, none of which really took off. UAE kept a leash on the scoring rate with frequent wickets.
The final push also never quite arrived for Zimbabwe with Khushi Sharma sending back the well-set wicketkeeper batter Modester Mupachikwafor 22 shortly after dismissing Pellagia Mujaji in the same over. With just 120 to defend, Zimbabwe had a tough task on their hands.
Nomvelo Sibanda sent back opener Theertha Satish off the second ball in the run chase, but Esha Oza and Kavisha Kumari built a half-century stand for the second wicket to put UAE on top.
Loreen Tshuma sent back Oza (36 off 26 balls) in the 10th over and then added the wicket of Khushi Sharma a couple of overs later to bring Zimbabwe back into the contest. Kavisha Kumari kept UAE in the hunt with a steady innings even as wickets fell at the other end.
With 14 needed off the last over, though, Zimbabwe were favourites until four wides off the penultimate ball gave UAE hope. With four needed off one ball, Vaishnave flicked on through the legside, where a misfield gave UAE a boundary and an unbelievable win.
Attention moves to the semi-finals
Women's T20 World Cup spots are on the line on Friday, with the winners of the semi-finals booking their tickets to South Africa 2023.
Bangladesh take on Thailand in the afternoon fixture, with Ireland meeting Zimbabwe in the second semi-final.
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