This is the first day of Super Six round in ongoing ICC Women's World Cup Qualifiers © Getty Images
This is the first day of Super Six round in ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers © Getty Images

The Super Six round kicked off in ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers in Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Tournament favourites, India and South Africa, lock horns against each other whereas hosts, Sri Lanka play Pakistan and Bangladesh clash with Ireland. In the second match of the Super Six round, Pakistan posted 212 for 7 in 50 overs. On the other hand, Ireland collapsed for 144 in 47.1 overs in match 3 on Wednesday. Bangladesh will be expected to win the contest versus Irish women whereas hosts Sri Lanka will have o bat well to chase down the total set by Pakistan.

Opting to bowl, Sri Lanka started well as they got rid of in-form opener, Ayesha Zafar, early.

Nonetheless, Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan added a 100-run stand for the second wicket to give a solid platform to their side. Nahida departed for a well-made 64 off 83 balls but Javeria carried on from her end. The run-rate kept on dipping in the middle overs which caused some setbacks later. Javeria departed for 63 and Bismah Maroof made 20 before a mini collapse forced them on the backfoot. Sri Lanka pulled things back in the final overs as Pakistan’s middle-order crumbled at regular intervals to post 212 for 7. Chamari Polgampola and Inoka Ranaweera were the pick of the bowlers with 2 scalps each. Udeshika Prabodhani also chipped in with a wicket to contribute in Pakistan’s downfall.

In the other game, Bangladesh opted to bowl versus Ireland and their bowlers were right on the money from the beginning. Bangladesh have been exceptional with the ball throughout the tournament and they continued their good run in the all-important Super-Six game as well. Ireland recovered before another middle-order collapse saw them struggle in middle overs.

However, they had the experienced pair of skipper, Laura Delany, and Isobel Joyce and were expected to rebuild the innings. To their dismay, this did not happen as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Laura fought a lone battle before she herself succumbed at the score of 37. Apart from her, Clare Shillington looked good for her 37 but could not convert it into something significant.

In the end, Ireland women managed to post 144 in 47.1 overs and will have to pull up their socks with the white ball. From Bangladesh’s camp, Jahanara Alam, Panna Ghosh Runama Ahmed shone with the ball by sharing 7 wickets and keeping things tight as well.

Brief Scores:

Pakistan Women 212 for 7 in 50 overs  (Nahida Khan 64, Javeria Khan 63; Chamari Polgampola 2 for 34; Inoka Ranaweera 2 for 33) vs Sri Lanka Women.

Ireland Women 144 in 47.1 overs (Clare Shillington 37, Laura Delany 37, Isobel Joyce 24; Jahanara Alam 3 for 21, Panna Ghosh 2 for 16)  vs Bangladesh Women.