India and SA women earn 2014 places
India and South Africa have qualified for the next Women’s World Twenty20, in 2014, with wins today in their respective play-off games for those that did not make the semi-finals.
Ekta Bisht’s hat-trick and run-out next ball inspired India to a nine-wicket defeat of hosts Sri Lanka and the Proteas scraped a five-wicket victory over Pakistan with a delivery left.
Once Sri Lanka opted to bat first at Colombo’s Nondescripts Cricket Club, Bisht ran out Prasadani Weerakkody for the game's initial breakthrough. Rasanara Parwin struck twice, including having Chamari Atapattu stumped for 28, to leave the home side 73 for three and they began the final over on 97 for four.
Having conceded two runs from her first ball, slow left-armer Bisht had Dilani Manodara and Eshani Kaushalya held either side of snaring Yasoda Mendis caught and bowled. Sandamali Dolawatte was then short of her ground and a leg-bye ended the innings on 100 for eight with Bisht returning 3-16 from four overs.
Despite losing Sulakshana Naik for 17, India made light work of the chase as Poonam Raut and Mithali Raj, who shared an unbroken 64-run stand, respectively hit 45 and 28 as victory came with 5.2 overs remaining.
Shabnim Ismail’s 3-19 from four overs helped to limit Pakistan, who had won the toss, to 87 for eight at Colombo’s Moors Sports Club. Bismah Maroof, who was last out for 32, made the innings’ only double-figure score.
Having lost Marizanne Kapp early, Alison Hodgkinson and Trisha Chetty took South Africa to 50 before falling in consecutive overs. Sadia Yousuf emulated Maroof in earning a second personal breakthrough to leave the Proteas 73 for five with 15 balls to go, and they eked out the remaining runs in one and twos.