Indian women will be up against the Pakistan Women to fight for the 7th spot in the tournament after both teams failed to qualify for the Super 6. Sri Lanka defeated India by 138 runs whereas Pakistan was shown the exit door by South African squad as they tumbled a loss by 126 runs.
India vs. Sri lanka: Sri Lankan population didn’t even knew they had a Women’s Cricket team a week back. Their squad stunned everyone as they got over the line against England by a wicket and then topped up the celebration bettering India and making berth to the Super 6 stage of the competition. A 100 run-stand between Rasangika (84) and Mendis (55) gave the Lankan women a chance for a big total. Skipper Siriwardene (59) and Kaushalya (56) wrapped up the last overs and posted 282 for 5 in 50 overs. Tall right arm fast bowler Goswami took 3 wickets.
India looked out of sorts from the outset. No. 6 Reema Malhotra topped with 38 runs and apart from her no real contributions meant India could manage to total 144 inside 43 overs. All 7 bowlers took wickets with Siriwardene and Seneviratna took 2-each. With 2 points in the pocket Siriwardene and Co. enter the 2nd leg and would face the Kiwi Women on 8th Feb at Mumbai.
Pakistan vs. South Africa: Marizzane Kapp was the the lady of the day, as she drove South Africa to a thumping win at Cuttack. Batting first after winning the toss Kapp (102*) stabled the early shuffle and with No. 7 D van Niekerk stroking 55, the two got the Proteas to a respectable 207 in 50 overs. The opening spell bowlers Jalil-Iqbal took 2-a-piece.
Pakistan were miserable with the bat as they were cleaned up at 81 inside 30 overs. Kapp topped the bowling chart with 3 wickets and Ismail, Benade and Letsoalo gathered 2 scalps each. Kapp was undoubtely the women of the match. South African women will now face West Indies in the 15th match of the tournament at Cuttack on 8th Feb.