India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh Women won their respective ties in their first game in Super Six round    AFP
India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh Women won their respective ties in their first game of Super Six round on Wednesday AFP

The Super Six round of ICC Women s World Cup Qualifiers in Sri Lanka kicked off on Wednesday. Tournament favourites India trounced South Africa, whereas Sri Lanka and Bangladesh got the better of Pakistan and Ireland respectively. Pakistan posted a modest total versus Sri Lanka. And with no discomfort, hosts chased the target with 5 wickets in hand. On the other hand, Bangladesh ran through Irish with a thorough performance in all departments to earn their first win of the Super Six round by 7 wickets. Ireland will have to bounce back to keep their hopes alive in the tournament. Meanwhile, Pakistan will like to forget this outing before their next clash.

Sri Lanka invited Pakistan to bat. They managed a modest score of 212 for 7 in 50 overs. Ayesha Zafar departed early, but Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan added a 100-run stand for the second wicket to give a solid platform. Nahida departed for a well-made 64 off 8 and Javeria for 63. This, in all probability, triggered a collapse. Sri Lankan bowlers then pulled things back in the final overs. Bismah Maroof made 20 and Sana Mir played a small cameo in the fag end of the innings, but the damage was done by Chamari Polgampola and Inoka Ranaweera. Sri Lankan openers contributed with steady innings before the match was wrapped up by Eshina Lokusuriyage’s fifty and vital contribution from Prasadani Weerakkody. The hosts eventually won the game by 5 wickets, with 14 balls to spare.

In the other game, Bangladesh opted to bowl versus Ireland. Their bowlers were right on the money from ball one. Bangladesh continued their exceptional run with the ball in the tournament to tighten the screws. Ireland kept on losing wickets at regular intervals to collapse for 144 in 47.1 overs.

Laura Delany, Clare Shillington and Isobel Joyce played brief cameos but were overshadowed by Bangladeshi bowlers Jahanara Alam, Panna Ghosh, Runama Ahmed. They shone with the ball by sharing 7 wickets and keeping things under control.

Sharmin Akter laid the foundation for a big win with a 86-ball 52 before Fargana Haque and Rumana ended formalities with 7 wickets in hand. They thrashed their opponents with 65 balls to spare.

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) lose to Sri Lanka Women 216 for 5 in 47.4 overs (Nipuni Hanshika 37, Chamari Atapattu 35, Eshina Lokusuriyage 65*; Nashra Sandhu 2 for 37, Ghulam Fatima 2 for 28) by 5 wickets.

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) lose to Bangladesh Women 145 for 3 in 39.1 overs (Sharmin Akter 52, Fargana Hoque 34*, Rumana Ahmed 24*) by 7 wickets.