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ACC Women’s Premier Cup 2024 Quarter Finals: Review – Highlights And Recap

In another set of matches that made for interesting viewings in the ACC Women’s Premier Cup 2024, the quarterfinals of the tournament concluded with a myriad and fascinating set of results. Thailand, UAE, Malaysia and Nepal made it to the next round (i.e.) the Semi-Finals.

Here’s how the quarterfinals of the ACC Women’s Premier Cup 2024 progressed:

Quarter Final 1: Hong Kong versus Thailand- Thailand Won by 3 Wickets

In a low-scoring affair, Hong Kong edged out Thailand in a remarkable fashion at Kuala Lumpur. Thailand won the toss and elected to field first.

Hong Kong lost skipper Kary Chan early on to a run-out. Although her fellow opener, Mariko Hill soldiered on with a knock of 22, the rest of the batting crumbled around her especially Natasha Miles, Shanzeen Shahzad and Marina Lamplough for similar scores of 2.

Team Thailand. Image: X
Team Thailand. Image: X

With late cameos by Yasmin Daswani and Maryam Bibi who scored 26 and 19 respectively, Hong Kong ended on a sub-par 92/8. Thailand had Nattaya Boochatham scalp three wickets, Thipatcha Putthawong with two wickets and the rest of the bowling chipping in.

Thailand, in the run-chase, lost the openers early but the knock of Nattaya Boochatham who top scored with a 29 coupled with Chanida Sutthiruang’s 12 and the unbeaten 22 by Thipatcha Putthawong meant that, despite the wickets lost; Thailand sealed the win in a late finish with three wickets to spare.

Quarter Final 2: UAE vs Indonesia: UAE Won by 56 Runs

UAE’s sustained dominance saw them knock out Indonesia by a comprehensive 56-run margin at the ACC Women’s Premier Cup 2024 in Bangi.

Batting first, UAE posted 122/6 driven by knocks of 26 by Kavisha Egodage, and 24 by Khushi Sharma initially. However, the impetus to the innings was offered by Samaira Dharnidharka who changed the complexion of the match with a knock of 31.

The run-chase proved to be quite the hurdle for Indonesia as they lost their top 4 cheaply as Vaishanave Mahesh and Heena Hotchandani got these early breakthroughs. Even though, Ni Kadek Fitria Rada Rani, Rahmawati Pangestuti and Ni Made Putri Suwandewi provided some resistance with their knocks laced with dot balls- Indonesia still fell short by 56 runs.

Quarter Final 3: Malaysia vs Japan- Malaysia Won by 16 Runs

In what turned out to be an absolute thriller, Malaysia pulled off a remarkable 16-run win versus Japan in Kuala Lumpur. Batting first, Malaysia scored 101/3 on the board. Riding on the 48 scored by skipper Winifred Duraisingham, it was also the contributions of 20 and 19 by Elsa Hunter and Mas Elysa respectively that helped post a respectable target.

In the subsequent run-chase, Japan was rocked early losing their openers for indifferent scores which put pressure on the incoming batters. Yet, Mai Yanagida, the skipper held things from one end even as crucial wickets tumbled. With her stay coming to an end in the 17th over, none of the other batters could chip in and they succumbed to the asking rate ending with 85/7 in the 20 overs.

Mas Elysa once again stood out with her bowling scalping three wickets and being the point of difference between the two sides.

The victorious Nepal team in jubiliation. [Image: Cricket Nepal]
The victorious Nepal team in jubilation. [Image: Cricket Nepal]

Quarter Final 4: Kuwait vs Nepal- Nepal Won by 8 Wickets (DLS Method)

With rain playing spoilsport in this crucial encounter, Nepal sealed a spot in the semi-finals handing Kuwait a loss.

Kuwait had a below-par display with the bat posting 73/9 in their 20 overs. Priyada Murali stood out with her knock of 29 but with none of the other batters converting their starts and getting run out, things were always going to be complicated in the pursuit of a big total. With no other valuable contribution coming in, they ended up with a not-so-competitive total on the board. Nepal was clinical with the ball, with due credit to Sita Rana Magar who not only picked a hat-trick but was instrumental in breaking the back of the Kuwaiti batting and was supported in equal measure by Kabita Kunwar and Rubina Chhetry.

In the run-chase that followed, Kabita Kunwar was dismissed for a lowly 1 but with Sita Rana Magar’s 17 and skipper Indu Barma’s 22- Nepal chased down the total in 6.5 overs thanks to the DLS method.

What next in the ACC Women’s Premier Cup 2024?

Owing to the results of the Quarter Finals, the teams playing in the semi-finals on the 16th of February were decided.

The first semi-final will feature Thailand taking on UAE and the second semi-final will see Nepal square off against Malaysia, in exciting and riveting encounters. The winners will then fight it off for the ultimate showing that will see them play in the Asia Cup 2024.

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