|Women's World Cup Qualifier: Bangladesh 2011|
Pakistan will take on West Indies in the Final
ICC Media Release
In the semi-final play-off at SBNCS, Pakistan created an upset, beating pre-tournament favourites South Africa. Having come into the tournament ranked fifth in the world, the South Africans are certain to drop down the global rankings after eighth placed Pakistan defeated the side by three wickets.
South Africa put on one of its weakest performances in the field so far in the tournament, posting just 180 in its 50 overs, captain Mignon du Preez providing the most runs for the side. Asmavia Iqbal proved the pick of the Pakistani bowling attack as the fast bowler from Multan claimed three wickets for just 15 runs.
Asmavia’s run with the ball saw the 23-year-old dismiss opener Shandre Fritz, Kirstie Thomson and Sunette Loubser, while Pakistan showed its pace in the field as it ran out three of the South African middle-order.
In reply, Pakistan played a patient innings to reach its target of 181, despite losing both Sana Mir and Nida Dar for ducks, the side ensured partnerships were made and Javeria Wadood’s healthy contribution of 47 had the side well on its way to defeating Du Preez’s team.
Fittingly it was up to Asmavia, alongside Marina Iqbal to score the winning runs for Pakistan and secure it a place in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier. Win or lose, Pakistan are guaranteed a rise up the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings at the conclusion of the tournament. Currently ranked eighth in the world, Sana’s team can rise to either fifth or sixth in the global rankings.
In the other semi-final, at Khanshaheb Osman Ali Stadium (KSOAS), West Indies took on Sri Lanka for a place in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier.
West Indies took its time to get into the swing of things with the bat after winning the toss and electing to bat and it was a day for Stafanie Taylor, captain Merissa Aguilleira and top-scorer Deandra Dottin.
Taylor took to the crease with her usual calm demeanour and to set the Americas side on its way to an impressive total of 235 for five in its 50 overs. Taylor provided early runs, but it was Dottin who put in the performance of the innings, the petite Barbadian hitting 73. Dottin has seen a return to form in this event after a dip in her batting prowess since she scored her maiden T20I century back in 2010 at the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in St Kitts.
Aguilleira came down the order today but the batter from Trinidad didn’t let that stop her scoring runs, finishing the innings at 52 not out.
In reply, Sri Lanka’s batters were always going to find it a tough task to chase down a high score and despite a valiant effort by opener Chamani Atthappathu of 47, the rest of the side failed to spark. Anisa Mohammed’s off-spin proved key once again for the West Indies bowling attack, Mohammed claimed 3-29 and the important run-out of opener Yashoda Mendis.
West Indies’ unbeaten run in the tournament continued as Mohammed claimed the seventh wicket, top order batter Inoka Galagedara who came in down the order today and some tight bowling and fielding from the athletic side ensured that by the time the 50th over arrived Sri Lanka were still 58 runs short of the target, despite having wickets in hand.
The victory will see West Indies play Pakistan on Saturday in the 1st/2nd play-off, as previously stated, the victor of the match will claim fifth place in the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings which is currently topped by England.