The qualifiers will now be decided according to the team rankings as detailed in the tournament playing conditions. Therefore, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the West Indies will now progress to the event in New Zealand.

ICC WOMEN’S CRICKET WORLD CUP QUALIFIER 2021 CALLED OFF

The International Cricket Council today announced that the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 in Harare has been called off due to the introduction of travel restrictions from a number of African countries, including the host country Zimbabwe, following the breakout of a new COVID-19 variant in southern Africa.

 

The decision was taken during the preliminary league phase of the nine-team tournament, that was to decide the final three qualifiers for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, to be played in New Zealand, as well as two additional teams for the next cycle of the ICC Women’s Championship.

The qualifiers will now be decided according to the team rankings as detailed in the tournament playing conditions. Therefore, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the West Indies will now progress to the event in New Zealand.

Play in two of the three matches scheduled for Saturday – Zimbabwe v Pakistan and USA v Thailand – started as scheduled but the third fixture of the day, between the West Indies and Sri Lanka, could not be staged as a member of the Sri Lanka team support staff tested positive for COVID-19.

ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley said: “We are incredibly disappointed to have to cancel the remainder of this event but with travel restrictions from a number of African countries being imposed at such short notice there was a serious risk that teams would be unable to return home.

“We have explored a number of options to allow us to complete the event but it isn’t feasible and we will fly the teams out of Zimbabwe as soon as possible. Bangladesh, Pakistan and the West Indies will now qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 by virtue of their rankings, whilst Sri Lanka and Ireland will also join them in the next cycle of the ICC Women’s Championship.”

The teams who have qualified for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 to be held in New Zealand from 4 March to 3 April are Australia, England, India, South Africa, New Zealand (hosts), Pakistan, West Indies and Bangladesh.

The number of teams in the third cycle of the ICC Women’s Championship (from 2022-2025) has been increased from eight to ten, and these teams will be Australia, England, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Ireland.

Chipare found the ropes twice in the next over to release the pressure and finished the game off in style with a boundary as Zimbabwe got across the line by the barest of margins.

ZIMBABWE EMERGE VICTORS IN THRILLER; THAILAND, IRELAND REGISTER WINS

Thailand pulled off a surprise victory over Bangladesh, Zimbabwe scored a thrilling win over the United States and Ireland defeated the Netherlands in group matches of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 in Harare on Thursday.

BANGLADESH V THAILAND – THAILAND WIN BY 8 WICKETS (DLS METHOD)

Thailand’s decision to bowl first in their Group A match worked out very well for them, dismissing Sharmin Akhter and captain Nigar Sultana inside the Powerplay.

In a spot of bother early at 14 for two, Murshida Khatun and Fargana Hoque strung together a solid 84-run stand. Both of them fell within a span of 3.1 overs with Hoque getting to her fifty but Khatun fell four runs short.

Ritu Moni’s stay at the crease did not last long. With three quick wickets falling, Rumana Ahmed and Lata Mondal steadied the ship with a partnership worth 52 runs for the sixth wicket. Nattaya Boochatham picked up three wickets in the final over of the innings to complete her five-for as Bangladesh finished on 176 for eight.

Openers Sornnarin Tippoch and Natthakan Chantham began solidly for Thailand and knocked off more than half the runs with their first-wicket stand. Both the batters were extremely cautious in their approach, taking 28 overs to score 97 runs of the partnership.

Bangladesh dismissed both the openers in a span of six overs after which Nannapat Koncharoenkai and captain Naruemol Chaiwai took control of the innings.

With rain playing spoilsport, players had to retreat into the dressing room. The match was eventually called off, with Thailand winning by DLS method.

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IRELAND V NETHERLANDS – IRELAND WIN BY 29 RUNS

Openers Leah Paul and Gaby Lewis have recently made a habit out of providing Ireland with great starts and they didn’t disappoint after being asked to bat first in their Group A match. The duo put on a 61-run stand, before Caroline de Lange put the brakes on scoring by scalping both the openers.

Ireland lost wickets in a heap and found themselves at 85 for five, with Eva Lynch dismissing Shauna Kavanagh and Orla Prendergast off consecutive deliveries.

Skipper Laura Delany and Eimear Richardson had to pull off the rescue act and drag Ireland out of trouble, adding 85 runs for the sixth wicket. Heather Siegers ran through the rest of the batting order with a four-wicket haul, including the wicket of Delany and Richardson as Ireland folded for 199.

Prendergast made up for her duck in the batting innings by dismissing Juliët Post for nought in the third over. Babette de Leede and Sterre Kalis weathered the early storm with a 59-run partnership.

Once de Leede was dismissed for 34, Robine Rijke joined Kalis at the crease. Their 73-run partnership took the Netherlands close to victory, though Kalis fell short of a well-deserved half-century by just three runs.

Needing to go run-a-ball in the last 10 overs with seven wickets in hand, it seemed a simple chase for the Dutch. Two run-outs, including that of skipper Siegers, changed the dynamic of the game before Prendergast struck to dismiss the well-set Rijke for 56.

Needing 35 from the last four overs, the pressure of the asking rate got to the Netherlands as they succumbed to a 29-run defeat. The Dutch, who were cruising at 158/3, were skittled out for 170.

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USA V ZIMBABWE – ZIMBABWE WIN BY 1 WICKET

Put in to bat in their Group B fixture, Gargi Bhogle and Mahika Kandanala gave USA a solid start in the Powerplay, putting on 38 runs for the first wicket before departing in quick succession. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals, losing Lisa Ramjit and Shebani Bhaskar in a span of six overs.

The wicket of skipper Sindhu Sriharsha for 22 triggered a collapse as the rest of the batting unit fell apart. Tara Norris offered some resistance with a 23-ball 18 which included three boundaries but found no support from the lower order.

USA, who were 89/4 at one point, were skittled out for 131 with Loreen Tshuma the pick of the bowlers with figures of 10-2-19-3.

Modester Mupachikwa and Sharne Mayers got Zimbabwe off to blazing starting, stitching together 57 runs of the target in under 10 overs.

Despite losing both openers soon after, it looked like the hosts were cruising to victory before they collapsed in stunning fashion. Moksha Chaudhary ran riot with the ball, claiming four wickets in a span of four overs. From 73/2, Zimbabwe were seven down for 87.

At this stage, every small partnership was worth gold. Precious Marange and Loryn Phiri added 10 runs for the eighth wicket before Marange and Nomvelo Sibanda put on 18 runs for the ninth.

Once Marange got out, it was down to the No. 10 and 11 batters Nomvelo Sibanda and Francisca Chipare to get Zimbabwe across the line. At that point, they still needed 17 runs. Chipare found the ropes twice in the next over to release the pressure and finished the game off in style with a boundary as Zimbabwe got across the line by the barest of margins.

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Opener Sharmin Akhtar smashed an unbeaten 130 as Bangladesh scored their second successive victory, a massive 269-run victory over the United States, in Group B of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 supported by Dream 11. Pakistan, who had lost to Bangladesh on the opening day, registered their first success, a 52-run win over Thailand. In Group A, the West Indies completed an easy six-wicket win over Ireland and Sri Lanka prevailed over the Netherlands by 34 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern system. BANGLADESH v USA – BANGLADESH WON BY 269 RUNS Coming into game after a stunning final over win over Pakistan, Murshida Khatun and Sharmin got Bangladesh off to a quick start, stringing a run-a-ball 96 run partnership. Murshida fell three runs short of a fifty but captain Nigar Sultana's 26-ball 33 ensured Bangladesh did not lose momentum after the wicket. Fargana Hoque and Sharmin then put on 137 runs for the third wicket, during the course of which the latter brought up her century in 117 balls. USA picked up three wickets in quick succession, with Moksha Chaudhary accounting for two of those but Sharmin and Lata Mondal finished strong for Bangladesh to take them to 322 for five. USA's chase of 323 got off to a poor start, with opener Mahika Kandanala run out in the second over and were soon three down inside the Powerplay. Rumana Ahmed picked up the wickets skipper Sindhu Sriharsha and Shebani Bhaskar while Khatun dismissed Isani Vaghela as USA found themselves stuttering at 26 for six. Tara Norris's knock of 16, which was one of the two double-digit scores in the USA's innings, only delayed the inevitable. Once she fell, the USA were bundled out for 53, giving Bangladesh their second win of the tournament by a massive margin of 269 runs. SCORECARD PAKISTAN v THAILAND – PAKISTAN WON BY 52 RUNS Opting to bat first, Pakistan lost their opener Muneeba Ali in the seventh over. Omaima Sohail and Iram Javed's stay at the crease did not last long either, with both the batters walking back in consecutive overs. Captain Javeria Khan and Nida Dar consolidated the innings with a 38-run stand that came in 72 balls. Once Nida fell, Javeria and Aliya put on a 29-run partnership that took Pakistan past the 100-run mark but at a very slow pace. Thipatcha Putthawong scalped the wicket of Khan soon after. Putthawong then cleaned up the tail, picking up the wickets of Fatima Sana, Diana Baig and Anam Amin to complete her five-for. She finished with figures of 9-3-18-5. Defending just 146 runs for the win, Pakistan needed early wickets and their bowlers did just that. Natthakan Chantham and Wongpaka Liengprasert were back in the hut for a duck inside the first four overs. Onnicha Kamchomphu counter-attacked with a 15-ball 16 but Nida Dar scalped her wicket before she could do more damage. Just when a partnership was building between Sornnarin Tippoch and captain Naruemol Chaiwai, a change of ends for Dar proved to be successful as she broke the stand. Chaiwai's run-out few overs later meant Thailand had lost half their side for 52. There was no coming back from that position for Thailand, despite Nattaya Boochatham offering some resistance with a 50-ball 18. With the pressure of the required run rate building, Thailand's lower order fell apart as Pakistan skittled them out for 93 to get their first points on board. SCORECARD WEST INDIES v IRELAND – WEST INDIES WON BY 6 WICKETS Put in to bat first by the West Indies, openers Leah Paul and Gaby Lewis started well for Ireland. With the Windies bowlers bowling tight lines, Paul and Lewis had to pick and choose their moments to attack. The two put on a 79-run stand for the first wicket before Anisa Mohammed struck to remove Lewis. The wicket of Lewis triggered a massive collapse. Amy Hunter was run-out off the very next delivery without facing a ball. Mohammed next scalped Paul (25) as Ireland lost three wickets in a span of eight deliveries. Hayley Matthews then got in the act and removed Laura Delany and Orla Prendergast in the same over. Eimear Richardson (32) helped Ireland go past the 150-run mark but she did not find enough support at the other end, with only Mary Waldron getting to double digits. Chasing 159, the Windies openers knocked off 61 of those runs inside 13 overs. Though Rashada Williams was not at her best in her 34-ball 8, Deandra Dottin was on song, bringing up her fifty in just 47 balls. Eimear Richardson eventually picked Dottin's wicket for 73 but the damage was already done by then. Stafanie Taylor's unbeaten 41 guided West Indies to a win with more than 10 overs to spare. SCORECARD NETHERLANDS v SRI LANKA – SRI LANKA WON BY 34 RUNS (DLS METHOD) Sri Lankan openers got the team off to a flier after being asked to bat first by the Netherlands. The 93-run partnership came in just 13.4 overs with Hasini Perera contributing only 26 from 43 balls. At the other end, Chamari Athapaththu went absolutely berserk, with the fall of wickets of Perera and Prasadani Weerakkody making no difference to her approach. She brought up her hundred in just 64 balls. Caroline de Lange eventually brought an end to the whirlwind innings, claiming her third wicket of the day before picking another one her very next over. Nilakshi de Silva and Anushka Sanjeewani steadied the ship after the two quick wickets. Oshadi Ranasinghe's stuck around the tail, taking Sri Lanka to 278/9 in 50 overs. Netherlands lost Juliët Post early on with Udeshika Prabodhani hitting timber in the third over. Babette de Leede and Sterre Kalis stuck in after the early wicket, mixing caution with aggression en route their respective fifties. The duo posted 141 runs for the second wicket before Athapaththu, the star with the bat, broke through for Sri Lanka will the ball, dismissing de Leede for 77. The wicket triggered a mini-collapse as the Netherlands lost their next four wickets for just 21 runs, including the set batter Kalis. Rain interruptions in the game meant that the Netherlands fell short by 34 runs. Sri Lanka replacements: The Event Technical Committee approved two COVID-19 replacements in the Sri Lanka team, both of whom played today. Anushka Sanjeewani and Tharika Sewwandi came in for Harshitha Samarawickrama and Vishmi Rajapaksha. Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the Sri Lanka team went up to four after one more player tested positive in tests conducted before the match against the Netherlands. Three players had been confirmed as COVID positive on Sunday.

WEST INDIES, SRI LANKA, BANGLADESH AND PAKISTAN SECURE WINS ON DAY TWO

Opener Sharmin Akhtar smashed an unbeaten 130 as Bangladesh scored their second successive victory, a massive 269-run victory over the United States, in Group B of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 supported by Dream 11.

Pakistan, who had lost to Bangladesh on the opening day, registered their first success, a 52-run win over Thailand. In Group A, the West Indies completed an easy six-wicket win over Ireland and Sri Lanka prevailed over the Netherlands by 34 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern system.

BANGLADESH v USA – BANGLADESH WON BY 269 RUNS

Coming into game after a stunning final over win over Pakistan, Murshida Khatun and Sharmin got Bangladesh off to a quick start, stringing a run-a-ball 96 run partnership. Murshida fell three runs short of a fifty but captain Nigar Sultana’s 26-ball 33 ensured Bangladesh did not lose momentum after the wicket.

Fargana Hoque and Sharmin then put on 137 runs for the third wicket, during the course of which the latter brought up her century in 117 balls.

USA picked up three wickets in quick succession, with Moksha Chaudhary accounting for two of those but Sharmin and Lata Mondal finished strong for Bangladesh to take them to 322 for five.

USA’s chase of 323 got off to a poor start, with opener Mahika Kandanala run out in the second over and were soon three down inside the Powerplay. Rumana Ahmed picked up the wickets skipper Sindhu Sriharsha and Shebani Bhaskar while Khatun dismissed Isani Vaghela as USA found themselves stuttering at 26 for six.

Tara Norris’s knock of 16, which was one of the two double-digit scores in the USA’s innings, only delayed the inevitable. Once she fell, the USA were bundled out for 53, giving Bangladesh their second win of the tournament by a massive margin of 269 runs.

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PAKISTAN v THAILAND – PAKISTAN WON BY 52 RUNS

Opting to bat first, Pakistan lost their opener Muneeba Ali in the seventh over. Omaima Sohail and Iram Javed’s stay at the crease did not last long either, with both the batters walking back in consecutive overs.

Captain Javeria Khan and Nida Dar consolidated the innings with a 38-run stand that came in 72 balls. Once Nida fell, Javeria and Aliya put on a 29-run partnership that took Pakistan past the 100-run mark but at a very slow pace.

Thipatcha Putthawong scalped the wicket of Khan soon after. Putthawong then cleaned up the tail, picking up the wickets of Fatima Sana, Diana Baig and Anam Amin to complete her five-for. She finished with figures of 9-3-18-5.

Defending just 146 runs for the win, Pakistan needed early wickets and their bowlers did just that. Natthakan Chantham and Wongpaka Liengprasert were back in the hut for a duck inside the first four overs. Onnicha Kamchomphu counter-attacked with a 15-ball 16 but Nida Dar scalped her wicket before she could do more damage.

Just when a partnership was building between Sornnarin Tippoch and captain Naruemol Chaiwai, a change of ends for Dar proved to be successful as she broke the stand. Chaiwai’s run-out few overs later meant Thailand had lost half their side for 52.

There was no coming back from that position for Thailand, despite Nattaya Boochatham offering some resistance with a 50-ball 18. With the pressure of the required run rate building, Thailand’s lower order fell apart as Pakistan skittled them out for 93 to get their first points on board.

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WEST INDIES v IRELAND – WEST INDIES WON BY 6 WICKETS

Put in to bat first by the West Indies, openers Leah Paul and Gaby Lewis started well for Ireland. With the Windies bowlers bowling tight lines, Paul and Lewis had to pick and choose their moments to attack.

The two put on a 79-run stand for the first wicket before Anisa Mohammed struck to remove Lewis. The wicket of Lewis triggered a massive collapse.

Amy Hunter was run-out off the very next delivery without facing a ball. Mohammed next scalped Paul (25) as Ireland lost three wickets in a span of eight deliveries. Hayley Matthews then got in the act and removed Laura Delany and Orla Prendergast in the same over.

Eimear Richardson (32) helped Ireland go past the 150-run mark but she did not find enough support at the other end, with only Mary Waldron getting to double digits.

Chasing 159, the Windies openers knocked off 61 of those runs inside 13 overs. Though Rashada Williams was not at her best in her 34-ball 8, Deandra Dottin was on song, bringing up her fifty in just 47 balls.

Eimear Richardson eventually picked Dottin’s wicket for 73 but the damage was already done by then. Stafanie Taylor’s unbeaten 41 guided West Indies to a win with more than 10 overs to spare.

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NETHERLANDS v SRI LANKA – SRI LANKA WON BY 34 RUNS (DLS METHOD)

Sri Lankan openers got the team off to a flier after being asked to bat first by the Netherlands. The 93-run partnership came in just 13.4 overs with Hasini Perera contributing only 26 from 43 balls.

At the other end, Chamari Athapaththu went absolutely berserk, with the fall of wickets of Perera and Prasadani Weerakkody making no difference to her approach. She brought up her hundred in just 64 balls. Caroline de Lange eventually brought an end to the whirlwind innings, claiming her third wicket of the day before picking another one her very next over.

Nilakshi de Silva and Anushka Sanjeewani steadied the ship after the two quick wickets. Oshadi Ranasinghe’s stuck around the tail, taking Sri Lanka to 278/9 in 50 overs.

Netherlands lost Juliët Post early on with Udeshika Prabodhani hitting timber in the third over. Babette de Leede and Sterre Kalis stuck in after the early wicket, mixing caution with aggression en route their respective fifties.

The duo posted 141 runs for the second wicket before Athapaththu, the star with the bat, broke through for Sri Lanka will the ball, dismissing de Leede for 77. The wicket triggered a mini-collapse as the Netherlands lost their next four wickets for just 21 runs, including the set batter Kalis.

Rain interruptions in the game meant that the Netherlands fell short by 34 runs.

Sri Lanka replacements: The Event Technical Committee approved two COVID-19 replacements in the Sri Lanka team, both of whom played today. Anushka Sanjeewani and Tharika Sewwandi came in for Harshitha Samarawickrama and Vishmi Rajapaksha.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the Sri Lanka team went up to four after one more player tested positive in tests conducted before the match against the Netherlands. Three players had been confirmed as COVID positive on Sunday.

President Mnangagwa applauded Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) for leaving no stone unturned in preparing for the global event and also thanked the ICC for choosing Zimbabwe as the host country.

President welcomes ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier teams

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has hailed the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 as a perfect opportunity to showcase Zimbabwe’s passion for the game while boosting the country’s profile as a tourist destination of choice.

 

The tournament – running from 21 November to 5 December across four venues in Harare – is meant to decide three qualifiers for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 to be held in New Zealand, joining five teams who have already qualified.

 

“We are privileged and honoured to be hosting a tournament of this magnitude and global significance, bringing together nine teams over 15 days, competing at four venues across our capital city of Harare,” President Mnangagwa said, as he welcomed the participating teams and officials during a ceremony held at Harare Sports Club on Monday.

 

“Without any doubt, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 is a unique opportunity to celebrate our country, Zimbabwe, in all its magnificence, richness, vibrancy and diversity . . .

 

“Apart from the magic that the game itself is promising, we believe the irresistible warmth of Zimbabweans as well as the enchanting beauty of our country and its tourist attractions will provide for an unforgettable experience for touring teams.”

 

The nine teams participating in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 are Bangladesh, Ireland, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United States of America, West Indies and Zimbabwe.

 

All of them, except Sri Lanka, attended the welcome event.

 

“I challenge all the teams to put in all their effort and deliver a good tournament, given the quality and experience of the various teams,” the President said.

 

“Allow me to welcome you all to this great country, Zimbabwe. I wish you all success in the competition and an enjoyable time in our country.”

 

President Mnangagwa applauded Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) for leaving no stone unturned in preparing for the global event and also thanked the ICC for choosing Zimbabwe as the host country.

 

“I commend Zimbabwe Cricket and other stakeholders for the good work towards ensuring that we deliver a world-class and successful event,” he said.

 

“I believe I am not wrong in concluding that having the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 in Zimbabwe is a vote of confidence in what we are doing and what we are hoping to achieve.

 

“I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the International Cricket Council for giving us this opportunity to showcase our passion for the game and everything that makes Zimbabwe a wonderful country.”

 

ZC Chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani said, apart from boosting tourism and economic activities in the country, he was pleased that cricket was aiding Zimbabwe’s diplomatic efforts.

 

“I believe, as a nation, we must take full advantage of such events which not only stimulate economic and tourism activities, but also create diplomatic opportunities and lasting legacies for the benefit of our communities,” he said in his address at the welcome event.

 

“As Zimbabwe Cricket, we are pleased to be creating such opportunities for our country.

 

“But beyond that, we envisage closer collaboration with the Government and industry to leverage our global profile as a sport in ways that will further enhance Zimbabwe’s influence and reputation and advance our national interests.

 

“Your Excellency, we are aware of your engagement and re-engagement efforts that are designed to enhance Zimbabwe’s international presence and to foster political, economic and social ties with other countries.

 

“We as a national sport are fully kitted out – complete with pads, gloves and helmet – playing the innings of our life to help you in our own small way through what we have termed engagement and re-engagement from the crease.”

BANGLADESH CLINCH THRILLER AGAINST PAKISTAN; THAILAND BEAT HOSTS ZIMBABWE

Bangladesh and Thailand scored gritty wins on the opening day of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 in Harare on Sunday.

Bangladesh scored a thrilling three-wicket win over sub-continental rivals Pakistan with only two deliveries to go while Thailand pulled off an eight-run win over Zimbabwe.

BANGLADESH VS PAKISTAN

After putting Pakistan in to bat, Bangladesh had them on the ropes early on. Pakistan only managed to get 20 runs in the Powerplay and also lost the wicket of opener Ayesha Zafar to a run out.

The runs were hard to come by for Pakistan with the bowlers keeping it tight even after fielding restrictions were lifted. Bangladesh eventually reaped the rewards for their brilliant bowling, with the wicket of Muneeba Ali triggering a mini-collapse.

In a span of four overs, Pakistan lost four wickets for just seven runs. Ritu Moni scalped the wickets of Ali and Omaima Sohail in a span of three balls while Nahida Akter sent skipper Javeria Khan and Iram Javed in consecutive overs. Pakistan, who were 42/1 at one stage, had lost half their side with just 49 runs on the board.

Pakistan needed something special to get out of the situation. Nida Dar and Aliya Riaz answered the call, stitching together a stunning 137-run stand to bail Pakistan out of trouble.

Both the batters brought up their half-centuries. While Nida got out in the 49th over, Aliya remained unbeaten on 61 to help Pakistan post a respectable total of 201/7.

In response, Anam Amin struck early for Pakistan, dismissing Murshida Khatun in the Powerplay.

Sharmin Akhter and Fargana Hoque put on 70 runs for the second wicket but were made to work very hard for their runs. The bowlers were splendid in the first 10 overs, giving away just one boundary.

The two batters targetted Fatima Sana, who gave 17 runs in her opening two overs. Nida and Nashra Sandhu bowled very well in the middle overs to put Pakistan in a strong position going into the slog overs. Bowling continuously between overs 17 and 34, they gave away only 34 runs, with Sandhu accounting for the wickets of Akhter and skipper Nigar Sultana.

Bangladesh were in further trouble once they lost the set batter Fargana Hoque in the 36th over.

Needing 89 runs in the last 10 overs, Rumana Ahmed and Ritu Moni finally started to find the boundaries. Ahmed found the ropes twice in the 44th over against Diana Baig while Ritu Moni smashed Sana for three consecutive fours.

However, three wickets in four balls threatened to derail all the momentum as the required run rate climbed over 10. However, Ahmed calmed the nerves in the dugout, hitting Sohail for four boundaries in the 48th over.

Ahmed got to her fifty in the final over with Salma Khatun keeping her company with an unbeaten 11-ball 16 as Bangladesh clinched the thriller with two balls to spare.

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THAILAND V ZIMBABWE

Thailand opted to bat first against Zimbabwe.

Natthakan Chantham and Sornnarin Tippoch consolidated the innings after the early wicket of Nattaya Boochatham, who was out bowled by Esther Mbofana. They looked set for their half-centuries but fell short of the milestone, with Loreen Tshuma scalping both the batters in consecutive overs.

Skipper Naruemol Chaiwai and Nannapat Koncharoenkai navigated Thailand through the rest of the middle overs, adding 69 runs for the fourth wicket.

Chanida Sutthiruang’s 28-ball 35* helped Thailand post a solid target of 248 for Zimbabwe to chase down.

In response, Zimbabwe got off to a slow yet steady start, with the openers putting on 49 for the first wicket in 17 overs.

After the fall of the wicket, Sharne Mayers and Josephine Nkomo upped the scoring rate, stitching 59 runs in 70 balls.

Once Mayers fell short of a fifty by three runs, Nkomo and Mary-Anne Musonda started to take the attack to the Thailand bowlers.

Both the batters brought up their respective fifties and brought the equation down to 65 in 10 overs with eight wickets still in hand.

Suleeporn Laomi struck for Thailand in the 41st over, breaking the 77-run partnership that came in just 75 balls.

The wicket derailed all the momentum that Zimbabwe had built as they struggled to find boundaries in the death. In fact, they found the ropes just once in the last nine overs.

Despite Musonda batting till the end of the innings, Zimbabwe fell short by 9 runs as Thailand put their first points on board.

The remainder of the Sri Lanka squad are negative but are currently isolating as a precaution and will be re-tested ahead of their opening match against the Netherlands on Tuesday.

THREE SRI LANKA PLAYERS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 IN ICC WOMEN’S CRICKET WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

Three Sri Lanka players at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 have tested positive for COVID-19 and are isolating.

The players tested positive following a screening of all team members after one player showed mild symptoms, as per the bio-secure protocols in place to ensure the safety of all participants in the nine-team event, which got underway in Harare today. Two of the players are experiencing mild symptoms, whilst the third is asymptomatic. All three are isolating and receiving the appropriate medical care.

The remainder of the Sri Lanka squad are negative but are currently isolating as a precaution and will be re-tested ahead of their opening match against the Netherlands on Tuesday.

ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley said the event would be proceeding as planned: “We have playing squads of 15 at the event, which allows for injuries and illness, including COVID-19 to be managed, and in addition teams have had the option of bringing traveling reserves with them. As you would expect, the remainder of the squad are being closely monitored and they will all be re-tested ahead of taking to the field on Tuesday.

“The event bio-security plan provides us with protocols to manage positive tests effectively with the intention of enabling the event to proceed whilst keeping all other players and participants safe.”

Sri Lanka play the Netherlands in their opening match on Tuesday with their remaining Group A matches on Saturday (vs the West Indies) and Monday (vs Ireland). Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Zimbabwe and the USA form Group B, with three sides from each group making it to the Super Six stage, in which the final placings will be decided.

The tournament decides three qualifiers for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 to be held in New Zealand from 4 March to 3 April, joining five teams who have already qualified through the ICC Women’s Championship – Australia, England, India, South Africa and hosts New Zealand.

The three qualifiers as well as the next two teams will also ensure places in the next ICC Women’s Championship (IWC) along with the top five from last time, as the number of teams in the third cycle of the IWC goes up from eight to 10 teams.

Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are in the same group with Pakistan, Thailand and the United States of America.

Zimbabwe Women fall apart again as visitors complete clean sweep

Zimbabwe Women – 72 all out in 27.2 overs (Sharne Mayers 39, Ashley Ndiraya 9, Modester Mupachikwa 9; Nahida Akter 5/21, Rumana Ahmed 2/7, Fariha Trisna 2/17)

Bangladesh Women – 74-3 in 18.2 overs (Murshida Khatun 39*, Nigar Sultana 12, Nuzhat Tasnia 10; Esther Mbofana 1/12, Loryn Phiri 1/14, Nomvelo Sibanda 1/25)

 

Bangladesh Women won by seven wickets

 

Bangladesh Women completed a clean sweep in the three-match one-day international series against Zimbabwe Women with a seven-wicket victory in the final game at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Monday.

 

Sharne Mayer’s 61-ball 39, including four fours, was the best the home side could offer before they were skittled for 72 within 28 overs after they opted to bat first upon winning the toss

 

The left-arm spinner Nahida Akter was largely responsible for the carnage as she claimed a five-wicket haul for only 21 runs off the 10 overs that she bowled.

 

Zimbabwe Women had enjoyed a somewhat steady start though, with Mayers and Modester Mupachikwa mustering a 24-run opening stand in 6.3 overs before the latter was run out for nine while attempting a risky second.

 

Exactly three overs later, with only 11 more runs added to the total, Ashley Ndiraya had to depart for nine, the first of Akter’s three lbw victims.

 

Off the last delivery of the same over, she sent the captain Mary-Anne Musonda back to the pavilion for a three-ball duck, leaving the score at 35 for three.

 

Akter struck again in her very next over, bowling Christabel Chatonzwa for five.

 

Again off the last delivery of that over, she trapped Josephine Nkomo lbw for another three-ball duck.

 

Akter then completed her five-wicket haul by bowling Tasmeen Granger for nought, and now Zimbabwe Women were reeling at 50 for six after 13.3 overs.

 

Loryn Phiri did not score but gave ample support to Mayers by soaking in the pressure, facing 24 balls before she was eventually bowled by Rumana Ahmed as she tried to play a big shot.

 

Esther Mbofana tried to replicate what Phiri had done, letting Mayers play the attacking shots but she was dismissed for two by Ahmed – 72 for eight, 26.3 overs gone.

 

Four balls later, without another run added, Mayers finally departed for 39 after she was bowled by Fariha Trisna, who with her next delivery had the last batter in, Francesca Chipare, out lbw as Zimbabwe Women’s innings folded for 72.

 

In response, Bangladesh Women went on the attack from the onset as Murshida Khatun hit two consecutive boundaries off the first two balls of their innings.

 

It took 8.2 overs before Zimbabwe Women found the breakthrough when Loryn Phiri caught and bowled Nuzhat Tasnia for 10.

 

At that point, the tourists now needed 40 runs to win.

 

Chipare managed to delay the inevitable by bowling four tight overs, including two maidens, from which she conceded only four runs.

 

However, Granger made unforced errors after replacing Chipare, giving away 15 runs in two overs which included five wides.

 

This prompted a bowling change from all spin to all pace by Musonda and it immediately yielded results as Mbofana trapped Nigar Sultana (12) lbw in the 15th over.

 

The next wicket to fall, in the 18th over, was also an lbw dismissal as Nomvelo Sibanda took care of Sobhana Mostary for one.

 

In the next over, Khatun hit a boundary to take Bangladesh home by seven wickets as she finished unbeaten with 39.

 

Both teams now travel back to Harare ahead of the start of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 that gets underway on 21 November.

 

Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are in the same group with Pakistan, Thailand and the United States of America.

Bangladesh Women hardly broke a sweat as they chased down the target in 24.3 overs, with unbeaten half-centuries from Fargana Hoque (53) and Musrhida Khatun (51) taking them to a comfortable nine-wicket victory.

Zimbabwe Women go down again as Bangladesh Women seal series

Zimbabwe Women – 121 all out in 46.4 overs (Nyasha Gwanzura 35*, Modester Mupachikwa 33, Christabel Chatonzwa 14; Nahida Akter 3/30, Salma Khatun 2/21, Jahanara Alam 2/22)

Bangladesh Women – 125-1 in 24.3 overs (Fargana Hoque 53*, Murshida Khatun 51*, Sharmin Akhter 8; Esther Mbofana 1/30)

 

Bangladesh Women won by nine wickets

 

Zimbabwe Women went down to Bangladesh Women by nine wickets in the second one-day international (ODI) match played at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Saturday.

 

With the result, the tourists have sealed the three-match series with a game to go, having won the first match by eight wickets on Wednesday.

 

Nyasha Gwanzura tried her best to shore up Zimbabwe Women’s innings with an unbeaten 35, but that was not enough to give them a competitive total.

 

The hosts won the toss and chose to bat but were soon in trouble after both of their openers went out for ducks.

Sharne Mayers, making her ODI debut and playing her first international match since 2019, was out first ball, caught by Sobhana Mostary off Jahanara Alam’s bowling.

 

Her opening partner, Ashley Ndiraya, followed her to the pavilion in the next over, having faced three deliveries without managing to get off the mark.

 

Modester Mupachikwa and Mary-Anne Musonda seemed on the way to forming a good third-wicket partnership before Musonda was caught at the wicket off Salma Khatun for 10, leaving with the total reading 22 in the fifth over.

 

Mupachikwa soon found her stride with Christabel Chatonzwa giving her support on the other end.

 

The duo was rotating the strike well and hitting boundaries until Chatonzwa was run out for 14 in the 15th over; 56 for four.

 

Two runs later, Mupachikwa (33) was caught by Rumana Ahmed as Ritu Moni claimed her first wicket of the series.

 

Zimbabwe Women could only add three more runs before Loreen Tshuma was caught by Murshida Khatun off the bowling of Alam for two runs.

 

The home side were reeling at 61 for six as Akhter added to their woes, claiming the big wicket of Precious Marange for three, which came off 31 balls.

 

On the other end Nyasha Gwanzura stepped on the accelerator, with Esther Mbofana chipping in with a valuable 14.

 

Gwanzura was however unfortunate to run out of partners, finishing with 35 not out as the innings folded for 121 in 46.4 overs.

 

Bangladesh Women hardly broke a sweat as they chased down the target in 24.3 overs, with unbeaten half-centuries from Fargana Hoque (53) and Musrhida Khatun (51) taking them to a comfortable nine-wicket victory.

 

The two sides will meet in the third and final ODI at the same venue on Monday.

Musonda then took a beautiful catch at first slip, off the bowling of Esther Mbofana, to dismiss Sharmin Akhter for eight and make it 21 for two in the fifth over.

Zimbabwe Women crumble to eight-wicket defeat in first ODI

Zimbabwe Women – 48 all out in 23.2 overs (Precious Marange 17, Chiedza Dhururu 7, Modester Mupachikwa 6; Nahida Akter 3/2, Salma Khatun 3/6, Jahanara Alam 3/18)

Bangladesh Women – 49-2 in 10.4 overs (Rumana Ahmed 16*, Fargana Hoque 11*, Sharmin Akhter 8; Precious Marange 1/11, Esther Mbofana 1/18)

 

Bangladesh Women won by eight wickets

 

Zimbabwe Women were bundled out for a paltry 48 before going down to Bangladesh Women by eight wickets in the first of the three-match one-day international (ODI) series between the two sides at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Wednesday.

 

Put in to bat first, the home side were in trouble as soon as the third over when opening batter Ashley Ndiraya was dismissed for two, caught at slip by Rumana Ahmed off the bowling off Jahanara Alam.

 

With only a total of six runs on the board, the captain Mary-Anne Musonda came in at number three with a lot of expectations on her shoulders but she could only last 10 balls before she was bowled by Alam for five, reducing Zimbabwe Women to 12 for two in the fifth over.

 

Modester Mupachikwa was the next to depart, trapped lbw by Salma Khatun having scored six runs off 21 balls, to make it 14 for three in the eighth over.

 

In the 11th over, with only six more runs added to the total, Christabel Chatonzwa (3), making her ODI debut, was also given out lbw, this time to Alam.

 

The collapse continued as Chiedza Dhururu – a last-minute replacement for Josephine Nkomo who was injured during warm-up – contributed seven runs before she was caught at the wicket in the 15th over, leaving Zimbabwe Women reeling at 27 for five.

 

The introduction of Precious Marange brought some hope for the home side as she hit two consecutive boundaries upon her entry, but on the other end Loreen Tshuma (4) was bowled out by Nahida Akhter in the 20th over – 40 for six.

 

Zimbabwe Women now desperately needed a big partnership from Marange and Nyasha Gwanzura, but Akhter would have none of that, claiming her second wicket as she bowled Gwanzura for a single run off six balls – 48 for seven in the 22nd over.

 

In the next over, it was 48 for eight after Marange was caught in the deep by Rumana Ahmed, as she tried to clear the boundary off Khatun’s bowling.

 

Marange’s 17, which came off 30 deliveries and included three fours, meant she was Zimbabwe Women’s only batter to hit double figures.

 

No further run was added as the tail was quickly wiped out, with the innings folding for 48 in 23.2 overs.

 

Akter, Khatun and Alam all impressed with the ball, finishing with three wickets apiece.

 

Bangladesh Women needed just 49 runs for victory, but it seemed the hosts were not prepared to make it easier for them.

 

In the second over, the tourists were reduced to 10 for one after Marange had Murshida Khatun caught at the wicket for seven.

 

Musonda then took a beautiful catch at first slip, off the bowling of Esther Mbofana, to dismiss Sharmin Akhter for eight and make it 21 for two in the fifth over.

 

However, afterwards there was no further trouble as Rumana Ahmed and Fargana Hoque, both not out with 16 and 11 respectively, took Bangladesh Women to a huge eight-wicket victory that was achieved in 10.4 overs.

 

The next ODI between the two sides is scheduled for Saturday at the same venue.

Zimbabwe Women and Bangladesh Women will be using the ODI series as part of their final preparations for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 to be staged in Harare from 21 November to 5 December.

Zimbabwe Women boosted by Mayers return, Chatonzwa fitness

Zimbabwe Women have received a timely boost following the return of two key players ahead of their one-day international (ODI) series against Bangladesh Women which gets underway this Wednesday at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

Veteran batter Sharne Mayers, who has not featured for the national side since she inspired them to the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Africa Qualifier 2019 championship, has been named in the squad of 16 picked for the three matches against Bangladesh Women.

Zimbabwe Women will also be delighted to have all-rounder Christabel Chatonzwa back in the team after she won her fitness race.

Other than Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano who is out with a long-term injury, the rest of the squad has been given a clean bill of health for the ODIs.

The matches are scheduled for 10, 13 and 15 November.

The series will also be the first time that Zimbabwe Women will play in front of their fans in over two years.

Tickets are pegged at US$5 for a seat in the grandstand and US$2 for the rest of the ground.

Only 1 000 fans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be permitted to attend the matches in person.

They will be required to produce their vaccination cards and identification when purchasing tickets and entering the venue.

Zimbabwe Women and Bangladesh Women will be using the ODI series as part of their final preparations for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 to be staged in Harare from 21 November to 5 December.

The 10-team global tournament will decide the remaining three participants for the 50-over ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 in New Zealand.

Apart from Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, the other teams participating in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 are the West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and the United States of America.

Zimbabwe Women squad for ODI Series versus Bangladesh Women:

Mary-Anne Musonda (captain) Modester Mupachikwa, Chiedza Dhururu, Ashley Ndiraya, Josephine Nkomo, Precious Marange, Loryn Phiri, Esther Mbofana, Loreen Tshuma, Nomvelo Sibanda, Tasmeen Granger, Christabel Chatonzwa, Audrey Mazvishaya, Francesca Chipare, Sharne Mayers, Nyasha Gwanzura 

Zimbabwe Women versus Bangladesh Women ODI Series 2021:

  • DAY
  • Wednesday
  • Saturday
  • Monday
  • DATE
  • 10 November
  • 13 November
  • 15 November
  • MATCH
  • 1st ODI
  • 2nd ODI
  • 1st ODI
  • VENUE
  • Queens Sports Club
  • Queens Sports Club
  • Queens Sports Club
  • START
  • 0930
  • 0930
  • 0930