Report – Day 2 | U-19 Women's T20 World Cup 2023 | Warm-ups
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
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Day 2 of the U-19 Women's T20WC warm-ups witnessed two hattricks, thrillers, and some big upsets. Here's a quick recap of everything that transpired.
M#1 – USA v UAE | USA registered a comprehensive victory by 31 runs
Not long ago, USA and UAE played a 5-match bilateral T20I series as a part of preparation before the World cup. USA were the eventual winners with a 3-2 margin. In the warm-up game too, USA had the upper hand.
After winning the toss, UAE opted to bowl first. After a batting disaster in the last warm-up against Scotland, the USA fought back strong with the bat. Opener Laasya Mullapudi (33 off 28) and vice-captain Anika Kolan (31 off 32) helped USA to post a challenging total of 122 for 7 on the board. In the last over of their innings, UAE pacer Samaira Dharnidharka scalped a 4-wicket maiden, including a hattrick in the last 3 balls.
During the chase, Dharnidharka (32 off 49), who was accompanying her captain Theertha Satish (32 off 19), gave a solid start again. But after their dismissals, no batter could even reach double figures. USA restricted UAE to 91/6. Aditi Chudasama and Sai Eyyunni picked up 2 wickets each and helped USA to win comfortably by 31 runs.
M#2 – BAN v IND | Bangladesh handed a shocking 3-run defeat to India
India captain Shafali Verma won the toss and decided to field first. Shorna Akter played a sublime knock of 75* off just 54 balls, including 2 fours and 7 sixes, and took Bangladesh’s 1st innings score to 121 for 8.
In response, India only lost 2 wickets. Batters Gongadi Trisha (44) and Shafali Verma (43*) were the top scorers, yet India fell short by 3 runs. Due to the unavailability of full scorecards, it's hard to understand how things panned out, but certainly, it's a wake-up call for India who are one of the favourites at this World Cup.
It also showed Bangladesh’s bowling depth and gave a glimpse of how competitive this WC is going to be.
M#3 – ENG v INA | England thrashed Indonesia by 10 wickets
England are head and shoulders ahead of Indonesia and they showcased why. Both the teams decided to play 20 overs in each innings regardless of how many wickets were lost. Indonesia opted to bat first and they managed 45/9 off their 20 overs. Pacer Ryana Macdonald-Gay was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets. Ellie Anderson, Emma Marlow, Sophia Smale, Davina Perrin, and Josie Groves scalped 1 wicket apiece.
England chased the target down in the 6th over without losing a wicket. But they continued to bat in order to get more practice. Captain Grace Scrivens (53 off 29), Niamh Holland (42 off 32) and Macdonald-Gay (24 off 11) all retired after getting some good practice with the bat. England ended their innings after 14.4 overs with a score of 139/2.
M#4 – RWA v IRE | Rwanda pulled off a 1-run win over Ireland in thriller
Ireland won the toss and invited Rwanda to bat first. Belyse Murekatete (26 off 29) and captain Gisele Ishimwe (13 off 21) played two crucial knocks to take Rwanda to a fighting total of 103/8 in 20 overs. Niamh Macnulty and Aimee Maguire got 2 wickets apiece.
In response, Ireland were off to a solid start, courtesy of skipper Amy Hunter’s 41 off 47 and Joanna Loughran’s 27 off 37. But Henriette Ishimwe had other plans. She took two wickets, including Hunter, and took the game down to the wire. Ireland needed 2 runs off the last ball. Henriette ran out Loughran and helped Rwanda pull off a thrilling 1-run victory.
M#5 – SA v AUS | Australia ended their warm-ups with an authoritative win
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. Australia’s bowlers put on a clinic with the ball and dismissed all the SA batters for just 61 runs. In response, Australia achieved the target comfortably in 10 overs and defeated the Proteas by 8 wickets. Previously, South Africa lost a preparatory T20 bilateral series 4-0 to India and lost their first warm-up match too. A series of results that will worry the hosts heading into the World Cup.
M#6 – ZIM v WI | West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets
In their 2nd warm-up game, both West Indies and Zimbabwe were coming from a defeat in their respective 1st games. After winning the toss, West Indies opted to bowl first. West Indies bowlers restricted the Zimbabwe innings to 71/8 in 20 overs. In response, West Indies got to the mark within 13 overs and won by 6 wickets.
M#7 – PAK v NZ | Clinical New Zealand continued their winning run
Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first. They could only put up 109 for 5 in their 20 overs and New Zealand chased it down with ease in the 13th over. Courtesy a clinical all-round showing, New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 7 wickets.
M#8 – SL v SCO | Sri Lanka defeated Scotland by 6 wickets
Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to field first. Right-arm off-spinner Dewmi Wijerathne stifled the Scotland batting with 4 for 17, including a hattrick. Scotland were bundled out for just 86 runs.
At the end of 10 overs of play, Sri Lanka were reduced to 39/3. But captain Vishmi Gunaratne, who walked in at three, led the SL batting effort with her unbeaten 34* off 54 and saw them home in the 19th over. Sri Lanka chased the target down with 6 wickets in hand.