Malaysia played the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a rain-affected match in the sixth game of the ACC Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023. The UAE squad, led by Chaya Mughal, prevailed in an intriguing match.
Due to the rain, the game was truncated to a 5-overs-per-side fixture, which put pressure on both teams to take advantage of their few opportunities. Malaysia, who were given the opportunity to bat first, managed to score 34 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their stipulated 5 overs despite the difficult conditions.
The UAE finished the third day of the ACC Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup by sneaking home off the penultimate delivery in a five-over-a-side match against Malaysia while chasing 35 for victory.
Ainna Hamizah and Wan Julia were dismissed by Malaysia in the first over after being given the chance to bat. Both of the openers were out in a similar manner, trailing their feet away from the crease before Judit Peter stumped them. Mahesh’s full throw was exploited by Mas Elysa, who swept it away for the innings’ first boundary.
Kavisha Egodage bowled her through the gate before she could cause any more harm, bringing Malaysia to 16 for three in the third over. After a brief lull, Yusrina Yakoop hammered Esha Oza for four into the leg side, helping Malaysia finish their innings with 34 for six.
When the UAE was attempting to chase down 35, Theertha Satish was out after hitting Mahirah Izzati straight to Aisya Eleesa at midfield. Izzati bowled a full toss to Egodage, who whisked it away for four runs, relieving some of the pressure.
A mistimed pull from Esha Oza was intercepted by Mahirah in her subsequent over, and Egodage then mistimed a lofted drive that fell into Eleesa’s hands at long off.
Due to Malaysia’s tight bowling, the UAE required 13 runs off the final seven deliveries. Unfortunately, UAE captain Chaya Mughal obtained an outside edge for a four-down heave to deep third against Malaysia, capped by Mas Elysa.
Mahirah Izzati Ismail of Malaysia put in a strong bowling performance, taking three wickets for 11 runs in her two overs, but it was insufficient to hold off the low total and earn a victory for her team.
Ainna Hamizah, the bowler who was given the final over, began by throwing a wide ball and a dot ball before Rinitha Rajith drove her down to long on and beyond Yusrina Yakoop for four. Rajith played an analogous shot down to long on and crossed back for a second run when two runs were needed off of two deliveries, giving the jubilant UAE dugout the victory.