Report - Day 1 | U-19 Women's T20 World Cup 2023 | Warm-ups
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
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M#1 – SCO v USA | All-round Scotland beat USA by 45 runs
The USA won the toss and elected to field first. Openers, Ailsa Lister (42 off 42) and Darcy Carter (41 off 27) got Scotland off to a flying start of 79 runs in 10 overs. USA fought back courtesy of Bhumika Bhadriraju and Isani Vaghela who took 2 wickets each and restricted Scotland to 135/5.
In the chase, except from the top-scorer Vaghela’s bat (40 off 42), there was no resistance from the USA batters who got bundled out for 90. Katherine Fraser, Orla Montgomery, and Maisie Maceira scalped 3 wickets each and Scotland won it by 45 runs.
M#2 – IND v AUS | Captain Shafali led India to win a low-scoring thriller against the Aussies
India won the toss and decided to bat first. But Aussie bowlers didn't let the Indian top order fire. All three registered low scores. Keeper-batters Richa Ghosh (12 off 13) and Hrishita Basu (28 off 39) provided some stability down the order and a crucial 11* off 17 at the end from Archana Devi's bat helped India to put up 97/8 on the board. Ella Hayward was the pick of the Aussie bowlers with her 2 for 12. But in the 1st innings, Australian fielding stood out as they ran out 5 of the 8 batters.
Indian spinners made the target of 98 an uphill task for the Australian batters. Captain Shafali spun the web around them and picked up 3 for 8 in her 4 overs. Leg-spinner Parshavi Chopra also scalped two crucial wickets of opener Kate Pelle (14 off 23) and Claire Moore (25 off 24) to restrict Australia to 79/7. India won their 1st warm-up game by 18 runs. It is also noteworthy that despite not playing first-choice bowlers Titas Sadhu, Shabnam Shakil, Hurley Gala, and Mannat Kashyap, India went on to defend this small total against a full-tilt Australian side.
M#3 – IRE v PAK | Pakistan registered a 7-wicket win over Ireland
Pakistan captain, Aroob Shah won the toss and elected to bowl first. Despite some resistance from Squires (35 off 37) and Dempsey’s (24 off 37) bat in the middle overs who threaded a 56-run partnership, Ireland only managed to reach 89/6 in 20 overs. Skipper Shah led from the front with her 2 for 11.
Eyman Fatima's destructive knock of 58* off 43 including 2 sixes outshined everyone in the chase. Pakistan defeated Ireland by 7 wickets.
M#4 – INO v ZIM | Indonesia registered a memorable victory over Zimbabwe
After winning the toss, Zimbabwe invited Indonesia to bat first. It was a low-scoring affair between two relatively inexperienced sides. In the first 20 overs, Indonesia could only put up 70 for 9 on the board. Olinder Chare was the pick of the Zimbabwe bowlers with her figures of 3/8 in 4 overs.
In the chase of 71 runs, Zimbabwe fell short by 15 runs from the total as they got all out for just 55 runs. N. Dewi and Ni Suarniasih picked up 3 wickets each. This win for Indonesia came after they had defeated Zimbabwe in the unofficial warm-up as well.
M#5 – NZ v RWA | New Zealand thrashed Rwanda by 63 runs
New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first. The NZ batters cashed on Rwanda’s inexperience and put up a huge total of 154/5. Anna Browning (67 off 45), Antonia Hamilton (25 off 27), and Izzy Gaze (19 off 12) starred with the bat. Only the internationally experienced Gisele Ishimwe and Belise Murekatete could get those 3 wickets for Rwanda.
In the chase, the Rwandan batters could put up only 91/9 in their 20 overs. Louisa Kotkamp and Paige Loggenberg got 2 wickets apiece.
M#6 - ENG v WI | Strong England side registered a comprehensive 9-wicket victory over the West Indies
West Indies captain Ashmini Munisar won the toss and decided to bat first. Apart from Naijanni Cumberbatch's 25 off 33, no West Indian batter could surpass the single-digit. Hannah Baker was the pick of the bowlers with her 2 for 9 as Sophia Smale, Lizzie Scott, Charis Pavely, Josie Groves, and captain Grace Scrivens all scalped 1 wicket each.
It was an authoritative chase by the English openers Liberty Heap (31 off 24) and Seren Smale (30* off 36) who chased the score down with the loss of just 1 wicket.
M#7 – SA v BAN | Bangladesh beat the hosts' South Africa by 7 runs (DLS)
After winning the toss, South Africa decided to bat first. With the foundation laid by Simone Lourens (29 off 21) and Oluhle Siyo (32 off 42), South Africa managed to post 98 for 9 on the board in their 1st innings. Bangladesh international pacer Marufa Akter was the pick of the bowlers with her 3 for 13 in 4 overs. Captain Disha Biswas and Mst. Khatun got two wickets each.
In the rain-curtailed 2nd innings, Bangladesh was 7 runs ahead on DLS method after 14 overs of play courtesy of handy knocks from Shorna Akter (20* off 21) and opener Afia Prottasha (19 off 33). Pacer Marufa showcased her all-round ability with her crucial cameo of 14 off 11. Bangladesh emerged triumphant over South Africa by 7 runs (DLS). Seshnie Naidu took a couple of scalps for SA.
M#8 – SL v UAE | Sri Lanka defeated UAE by 50 runs
Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first. On the back of opener Nethmi Senarathna’s half-century (53 off 55), Sri Lanka reached 90/9 at the end of 20 overs. Geethika Jyothis was the pick of the bowler with her 2/10.
While defending, Sri Lanka bowlers completely stifled the UAE batting. With Vidushika Perera and Dewmi Wijerathne’s 3 wickets apiece, Sri Lanka bundled them out for just 38 runs and registered a comprehensive victory of 52 runs.
Day 2 - Wednesday, 11 January Fixtures
At 13:30/10:00 Local Time:
M#1 – USA v UAE
M#2 - BAN v IND
M#3 - ENG v INO
M#4 – RWA v IRE
At 17:15 IST/13:45 Local time:
M#5 – SA v AUS
M#6 – ZIM v WI
M#7 – PAK v NZ
M#8 – SL v SCO