ICC WWC Qualifier - part three

India, Sri Lanka, Ireland, South Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh made it through to the Super Six stage in the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 Qualifying Tournament. The top four teams in that stage will qualify for the ICC Women's World Cup 2017.

Here is the latest from the action, with India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka the final four teams to qualify following the Super Six phase:

 

Super Six phase - round three: Sunday, February 19

Sri Lanka and Pakistan have completed the list of qualifiers for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 after the last round of Super Six matches were completed at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 on Sunday.

Sri Lanka scored a 42-run victory over Bangladesh under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method to qualify as the third side behind India and South Africa with six points in the Super Six stage while Pakistan had a forgettable outing against India in its last match to finish with four points.

Pakistan was bowled out for only 67 runs and lost by seven wickets as India got past the target in only 22.3 overs but Pakistan qualified as the fourth team since Bangladesh was nowhere near a big win that it needed against Sri Lanka to come into the equation. Sri Lanka scored 197 for nine and then reduced Bangladesh to 68 for five when rain stopped proceedings.

These four teams have not only qualified for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 but also for the ICC Women’s Championship. World champion Australia, England, New Zealand and the West Indies are the teams to have already made it by virtue of finishing in the top four of the previous ICC Women’s Championship that ran from 2014 to 2016.

Sri Lanka scored steadily after being put in to bat with opener Chamari Athapaththu scoring 84 with eight fours and one six. Bangladesh was 68 for five in 21 overs with Udeshika Prabhodini grabbing two for 14 when rain forced an early end.

The India-Pakistan match, which was live-streamed from P. Sara Stadium at icc-cricket.com, was the only one to finish before their venue was hit by rain.

Put in to bat, Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals and went into a shell. It was 55 for eight by the 32nd over and the innings petered out for 43.4 overs, of which 18 were maiden overs. Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht finished with a career-best five for eight, which included seven maiden overs.

India opener Deepti Sharma scored 29 not out and Harmanpreet Kaur made 24 as India got to the target easily.

India’s unbeaten run in the tournament saw it finish with a maximum of 10 points after the Super Six stage while South Africa won all its matches except the one against India to finish with eight points. The two sides will now play the final on 21 February.

In its last match against Ireland, South Africa bowled out the opposition for 166 in 49.5 overs with captain Dane van Niekerk, Lizelle Lee and Sune Luus all taking two wickets. Mary Waldron (33 not out) and Isobel Joyce (30) were the main scorers for Ireland.

South Africa was 82 for one in 21 overs when the rains came, with opener Laura Wolvaardt (32 not out) and former captain Mignon du Preez (29 not out) putting on an unbroken 59-run stand that saw the team to a 36 runs victory under the DLS method.

 

Super Six phase - round two: Friday, February 17

India and South Africa completed comprehensive victories in the Super Six phase on Friday to become the first two teams from the tournament to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 to be held in England and Wales from 24 June to 23 July.

India scored a nine-wicket win over Bangladesh to maintain an unbeaten record in the tournament and take its Super Six points tally to eight, including for two wins against other qualifiers from its preliminary league group, points of which are carried over.

South Africa also beat host Sri Lanka by nine wickets to go up to six points, which will take it through since the chances of a five-way tie are eliminated after today’s results. In another match, Pakistan scored an 86-run win over Ireland and kept in contention for the remaining two qualifying spots with four points, the same as Sri Lanka.

World champion Australia, England, New Zealand and the West Indies have already qualified for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 by virtue of finishing in the top four in the ICC Women’s Championship.

At the Nondescripts Cricket Club, India made short work of its challenge as it restricted Bangladesh to 155 for eight with pace bowler Mansi Joshi and leg-spinner Devika Vaidya keeping control through the innings, sharing five scalps. Fargana Hoque top-scored for Bangladesh with 50.

India got to 158 for one in 33.3 overs with opener Mona Meshram striking a career-best 78 not out with 12 fours and captain Mithali Raj compiling 73 not out with 10 fours for a 43rd ODI half-century.

At the P. Sara Stadium, South Africa was also a composed winner despite an off-colour effort with its fielding. The 21-year-old Sune Luus produced an all-round performance of three for 40 and 50 not out to take the team past its target of 143 in 36.1 overs.

Luus shared five scalps with captain and the team’s other leg-spinner, Dane van Niekerk, and then partnered in a 99-run unbroken stand with 17-year-opener Laura Wolvaardt (50 not out).

In another match, Pakistan put up a determined effort to post an intimidating 271 for five after electing to bat against Ireland.

In-form batters Javeria Khan (90 not out) and opener Nahida Khan (72) played positively for their second consecutive half-centuries after scoring 64 and 63, respectively, in a loss against Sri Lanka. Javeria struck 14 fours and Nahida hit 10 fours in her career-best knock as the pair figured in a 138-run second-wicket partnership.

Nain Abidi also chipped in with a brisk 44 to help push Ireland out of contention for a top-four berth since it has no points in the Super Six with only one match to go.

Ireland was bowled out for 185 with a 74-run second-wicket stand between Cecelia Joyce (41) and Kim Garth (33) being the high point of the innings. For Pakistan, leg-spinner Nashra Sandhu, left-arm spinner Sadia Yousuf and captain and off-spinner Sana Mir all grabbed two wickets each.

 

Super Six phase - round one: Wednesday, February 15

India closed in on a berth in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 after a resilient 49-run victory over South Africa while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh also registered notable wins on Wednesday in the first round of Super Six matches at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017.

India captain Mithali Raj starred in what was seen as a high-profile match since India and South Africa had topped their respective groups and carried a maximum of four points from the preliminary league to the second stage in which they play teams from the other preliminary group.

India has one foot in the door with three wins but with Sri Lanka defeating Pakistan by five wickets and Bangladesh beating Ireland by seven wickets in other matches on Wednesday, there is a mathematical chance of five teams finishing at par at the end of the league.

Asked to bat first, India got off to a slow start, scoring only 14 off the first 10 overs but the complexion of the game changed once Raj came to the crease. She and opener Mona Meshram lifted the team with a fine 96-run second-wicket stand to help put up a competitive 205 for eight. Raj scored 64 off 85 balls with 10 fours and Meshram got 55 off 85 balls with five fours and two sixes.

South Africa’s reply suffered some early setbacks and it was reduced to 41 for three in the 19th over as openers Lizelle Lee (one) and Laura Wolvaardt (zero) as well as former captain Mignon du Preez (15) could not do much. Pace bowler Shikha Pandey and left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht, who shared the new ball, finished with four and three wickets, respectively, as South Africa folded for 156 in 46.4 overs.

Host Sri Lanka had a memorable outing as it restricted Pakistan to 212 for seven and got to its target with 16 deliveries to spare. For Pakistan, opener Nahida Khan (64) and Javeria Khan (63) were associated in a steady 119-run stand for the second wicket. Both batters fell to pace bowler Chamari Polgampola, who along with captain and left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera, grabbed two wickets. 

For Sri Lanka, Eshani Lokusiriyage (65 not out) and Prasadani Weerakkody (45) helped the team reach the target after openers Nipuni Hansika (37) and Chamari Athapaththu (35) set the platform with a 75-run partnership.

In another match, Bangladesh bowled out Ireland for 144 in 47.1 overs with new-ball bowlers Jahanara Alam and Panna Ghosh sharing five scalps and spinners Khadija Tul Kubra and Rumana Ahmed chipping in with two wickets each. 

Ireland was reduced to 15-2 as Alam removed Cecilia Joyce (three) and Kim Garth (zero) early on and Ireland could not get the run-rate going in the face of some tight bowling. A target of 145 was attained with ease as opener Sharmin Akhtar (52), Fargana Hoque (34 not out) and captain Rumana Ahmed (24 not out) batted solidly.

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