India, Pakistan knocked out of World Cup
MUMBAI: India were knocked out of the ICC Women’s World Cup after suffering an upset 138-run drubbing at the hands of Sri Lanka in a crucial Group ‘A’ encounter here on Tuesday night.
Chasing a challenging total of 283, the hosts put up a pathetic show to be bowled out for 144 in 42.2 overs at the Brabourne Stadium.
Incidentally, this was India’s first defeat to Sri Lanka in 18 matches, having won their previous 16 encounters with one ending in no result.
India lost three wickets for 38 runs in the 13th over, which included opener Poonam Raut, skipper Mithali Raj and last match centurion Harmanpreet Kaur. Kaur failed to score a run, while Raut (5), Raj (20) were trapped leg before by Eshani Kaushalya and Udeshika Prabodani, respectively.
The hosts reached 50 in 17 overs and it was always going to be an uphill task from there on. India’s best partnership was for the sixth wicket between Jhulan Goswami and Reema Malhotra, who added 37 runs.
Malhotra was the top scorer for India with her 38 coming off 51 balls, and which included two fours.
India needed at least 251 runs to edge out the West Indies by virtue of having a better net run-rate and enter the Super Six stage.
Sri Lankan skipper Shashikala Siriwardene and Chamani Seneviratna bagged two wickets each.
Earlier, Sri Lanka’s batting fired in unison as they posted a competitive 282-5.
Deepika Rasangika led the way with a knock of 84 while Kaushalya provided the late impetus with a breezy, unbeaten 31-ball 56 to propel the visitors.
Yashoda Mendis (55) and Siriwardene (56) were the other contributors for Sri Lanka.
Kaushalya’s blinder of a knock that lifted the Lankans. Her innings was studded with six fours and three sixes.
India will play Pakistan for the seventh position in Cuttack on Thursday after Pakistan lost to South Africa by 126 runs in Cuttack earlier on Tuesday.
A fine all-round performance from Marizanne Kapp set up South Africa’s clinical victory at the Barabati Stadium to qualify for the Super Six stage.
South Africa rode on Marizanne’s unbeaten 150-ball 102 to post 207-5 after electing to bat and then shot out Pakistan for 81 in 29.4 overs to finish the league with two points.
Pakistan remained winless in the tournament after having lost their other two Group ‘B’ games to Australia and New Zealand.
Marizanne also contributed with the ball, picking up three key Pakistani wickets for 18 runs to help the Proteas register their first win in this World Cup.
Marizanne was involved in a record century-plus stand for the unconquered sixth wicket partnership of 128 with Dane van Niekerk (77-ball 55 not out) after the South Africans were left tottering at 79-5 in the 24th over.
Pakistan started off their run-chase on a shaky note and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Their ploy to promote Qanita Jalil up the batting order and bringing skipper Sana Mir lower down the order did not pay off.
Only four Pakistani batswomen managed the double-digit figures with the highest score of 15 by Sidra Ameen.
Sana Mir was once against disappointed with the side’s batting performance.
“If I had to take any positives from this event it would be our bowling because we really tested Australia and the other teams in the group but when it came to our batting it just was not up to scratch,” she said.
Defending champions England had become the first team to enter the Super Six stage from Group ‘A’ when they beat the West Indies by six wickets at Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai.
England shot out the West Indies for a paltry 101 in 36.4 overs after the latter opted to bat first and then made heavy weather of the chase by making 103 for four in 35 overs to finish the league with four points from three games.
Australia sealed their third straight win in Group ‘B’ when downed New Zealand by seven wickets after opener Meg Lanning smashed her way to a 104-ball 112 at the DRIEMS Ground in Cuttack.
Chasing 228 after opting to bat second, Australia raced to the win with as many as 70 balls to spare with the 21-year-old Lanning blasting 17 fours and a six as she added 182 for the second wicket with Jess Cameron (82 off 87 balls, 12 fours and one six).
Lanning’s effort ensured New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates’ century went in vain.
Bates’ 134-ball 102 (134 balls, 12 fours) was the knock around which the Kiwis built their innings after losing four wickets with just 39 runs on the board.
At Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai: England beat West Indies by six wickets.
WEST INDIES 101 in 36.4 overs (Kyshona A. Knight 33, S.F. Daley 30 not out; A. Shrubsole 4-21, A. Brindle 3-0, K.H. Brunt 2-10); ENGLAND 103-4 in 35 overs (D.N. Wyatt 40; D.J.S. Dottin 3-20).
At Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai: Sri Lanka beat India by 138 runs.
SRI LANKA 282-5 in 50 overs (H.M.D. Rasangika 84, H.A.S.D. Siriwardene 59, L.E. Kaushalya 56 not out, B.Y.A. Mendis 55; J. Goswami 3-63); INDIA 144 in 44.2 overs (R. Malhotra 38; C.R. Seneviratna 2-10, H.A.S.D. Siriwardene 2-20).
At DRIEMS Ground, Cuttack: Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets.
NEW ZEALAND 227-6 in 50 overs (S.W. Bates 102, K.T. Perkins 41, N.J. Browne 39 not out; M.L. Schutt 3-40); AUSTRALIA 228-3 in 38.2 overs (M.M. Lanning 112, J.E. Cameron 82).
At Barabati Stadium, Cuttack: South Africa beat Pakistan by 126 runs.
SOUTH AFRICA 207-5 in 50 overs (M. Kapp 102 not out, D. van Niekerk 55 not out, Y. Potgieter 20; Qanita Jalil 2-30, Asmavia Iqbal 2-31); PAKISTAN 81 in 29.4 overs (M. Kapp 3-18, M.M. Letsoalo 2-17, Shabnim Ismail 2-18, S.M. Benade 2-27).—Agencies