Sunday, January 21, 2018

WI women looking to remain unbeaten

 The four semi-finalists for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh have been confirmed with a day remaining in the group stage matches, which are being played at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. The quartet to have progressed from the group stage include defending champion Australia, former winner England, South Africa and the West Indies.

However, the semi-final line-up will only be decided after today’s match between the West Indies and India. If the West Indies wins the match to finish unbeaten in its group, then it will top Group B and will play South Africa on Friday, while Australia will face England the day before. 

But if India beats the West Indies, then the Caribbean women will end second in Group B, which means the semi-finals line-up will be Australia versus the West Indies on Thursday and England versus South Africa the following day. Both the semi-finals will be staged ahead of the men’s semis at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.

The semi-finalists from Group A were only confirmed yesterday after South Africa beat New Zealand by five wickets. This result meant Australia, South Africa and New Zealand finished with three wins each but Australia topped the group with a superior net run-rate (+2.205), South Africa finished second (+1.606) and New Zealand ended up third (+1.275).

West Indies, a semi-finalist in 2010 and 2012, was the first side to seal a semi-final berth from Group B after it won three matches straight. It started with an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka and followed up with a 36-run win against Bangladesh and a nine-run win against 2009 winner England.

A delighted West Indies captain Merissa Aguillera said it’s time for the team to shed its bridesmaid status. “As a side, we can’t rush into things as we are still a developing side,” she said. “We have been around for a while, but the success we’ve enjoyed has been tremendous,” adding, “It’s a pleasure to lead this team because we came together from nowhere and have turned into a team that’s made people sit up and take notice. We will be looking forward to doing even better things.”

 Points table

Group A

Teams Mat Won Lost Pts Net RR

Australia 4 3 1 6 +2.205

South Africa 4 3 1 6 +1.606

New Zealand 4 3 1 6 +1.275

Pakistan 4 1 3 2 -2.288

Ireland 4 0 4 0 -2.750


Group B

Teams Mat Won Lost Pts Net RR

England 4 3 1 6 +1.363 

West Indies 3 3 0 6 +1.308 

India 3 1 2 2 +0.743 

Sri Lanka 3 1 2 2 -0.521 

Bangladesh 3 0 3 0 -3.233