Sri Lanka A and Bangladesh A have secured huge wins on the very first day of the ACC Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023, starting off with bang-on performances.
ACC Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023: Sri Lanka A vs UAE – Match 1
The inaugural day of the ACC Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023 began with Sri Lanka A facing the UAE team. The game at Hong Kong’s Mission Ground Stadium began with UAE winning the toss and deciding to bat first.
The first game was a spectacle of skilfull bowling performances. Sri Lanka’s Madushika Methtananda picked 4 wickets while bowling impressively well and was joined by UAE’s ever-impressive Esha Oza in the second inning.
Theetha Satish and Esha Oza opened the bat for the team. Theertha started off by securing some steady runs and playing quick cricket. She bagged 16 runs in 10 deliveries but unfortunately, her power batting wasn’t a success as she lost a wicket to Shehani’s delivery. Oza was expected to carry the game forward but she fell prey to Methtananda’s trick delivery and lost stumps.
Methtananda then seemed in form, picking wickets of some of the important players like Kavisha Egodage and Samaira Dharnidharka. Her wicket-taking spell was accompanied by Malsha Shehani and Nimasha Meepage as the two secured 2 wickets each. This brought an early end to UAE’s first inning as they were able to set a low score of 95 runs in 19.3 overs. They lost all their wickets to the fiery bowling exhibition.
With a low target to chase on the Day 1 of the ACC Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023, Sri Lanka seemed to play an easy game, but the game lasted until the last delivery with UAE’s bowling miracle. Vishmi Gunaratne was off to a good start and her batting was backed by players like Imesha Dulani, Umasha Thimeshani and Kaushini Nuthyangana.
The players slowly and steadily secured the target in 19.5 overs and defeated the opponents with 3 wickets to spare. Esha Oza bowled impressively well as she secured 2 wickets and bowled at an economy of 2.5. Indhuja Nandakumar backed Oza and took two wickets.
UAE 95/10 (Esha Oza 39 (30), Madushika Methtanand 4/16) lost against Sri Lanka A 96/7 (Vishmi Gunaratne 21(32), Esha Oza 2/10) by 3 wickets.
ACC Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023: Bangladesh vs Malaysia – Match 2
The second game of the ACC Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023, at the same venue, saw Bangladesh’s fantastic win over Malaysia, as they defended the set target of 148 runs. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat but were off to a poor start.
The opening batters, Shathi Rani and Rubya Haider weren’t able to impress with bat in hand. They lost early wickets and the team was off to a destructive beginning. Lata Mondal too lost an early wicket and Murshida Khatun came in to bat.
Khatun recognized the need for a stable inning and played a brilliant game of 57 runs in 44 deliveries. Her runs were singlehandedly able to raise the team’s total score and they were able to cross the 140 runs’ mark. Malaysia now needed 149 runs to secure a win.
Some impressive wicket-taking bowling from team Malaysia as bowlers like Aisya Eleesa, Mahirah Ismail, and Nur Dania Syuhada were able to pick two wickets each. But their economy rates were equally poor due to power batting performance.
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The second inning came off with bad news for Malaysia as they lost Wan Julia on the very first delivery. Bangladesh bowlers did not leave any space for Malaysia to breathe as they kept taking steady wickets. Ainna Hashim tried but only saw wickets on the other hand and was left helpless. In the end, they were able to collect just 51 runs in 20 overs and lost the game by a huge gap of 97 runs.
A collective effort from Bangladeshi bowlers as they each contributed in their own significant manner. Rabeya Khan picked two wickets. Bangladesh was off to a huge victory against Malaysia in the very first game of the ACC Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023 and has now embarked on the journey with high hopes and higher spirits.
Bangladesh 148/6 (Murshida Khatun 57 (45), Aisya Eleesa 2/20) won against Malaysia 51/8 (Rabeya Khan 2/7, Sanjida Akter 1/6) by 97 runs.