UAE women's team fall to Thailand defeat at World Twenty20 Qualifier

Denzil Pinto 12/07/2018
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Battling effort: Esha Oza scored 15 runs

The UAE women’s team struggled with the bat as they fell to a seven-wicket loss to Thailand in the World Twenty20 Qualifier on Thursday.

After both nations failed to qualify for the semi-finals, the Asian sides met in the play-offs in Utrecht, Netherlands.

The UAE saw their dreams of reaching their first-ever World Twenty20 dashed when they were bowled out for 39 in their eight-wicket loss to Bangladesh on Tuesday.

And they struggled again as Esha Oza (15) was the only batter to reach double figures as the UAE were all out for 50.

Despite the UAE’s best efforts with the ball, including Subha Srinivasan’s 2-15, Thailand reached their target in the 15th over.

The UAE will now play hosts the Netherlands in the 7th/8th place play-off on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Ireland and Bangladesh have booked their places in the World Twenty20 in November after winning their respective semi-finals.

With only two available berths, Ireland defeated Papua New Guinea by 27 runs while Bangladesh registered a 49-run win over Scotland.

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UAE women's World Twenty20 dream is over after losing to Bangladesh

Denzil Pinto 10/07/2018
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The dream is over: Subha Srinivasan took one of two wickets for the UAE. Image: ICC

The UAE will have to wait another four years if they want to make their women’s World Twenty20 dream a reality after an eight-wicket loss to Bangladesh ended their hopes of reaching the 2018 edition.

After being denied by Papua New Guinea on Sunday, the UAE had one last opportunity to book their place in the semi-finals when they took on the Asian side in Utrecht, Netherlands, on Tuesday.

But Bangladesh showed why they are the Asian Twenty20 champions by bowling out the UAE for 39 in an innings that saw them pick up eight wickets for 11 runs including a hat-trick by spinner Fahima Khatun. They needed just 6.5 overs to reach their target.

The result means it’s the end of the 2018 World Twenty20 road for the UAE, who had to make the last-four in order to claim one of the two available berths. They will now contest in the play-offs against Thailand on Thursday and aim to end the tournament on a high.

Having been put into bat, the UAE started cautiously and lost their first wicket in the seventh over with 16 on the board. Runs were hard to come by as Esha Oza and Nisha Ali put on a 12-run stand. However, Ali, who scored a half-century in UAE’s win over Netherlands in their opener, departed for five which triggered a collapse.

The UAE were 33-5 when leg-spinner Khatun dismissed Udeni Dona (3), Kumari Kavisha (0) and Esha Oza (12) to claim her hat-trick. Bangladesh claimed another three scalps in the next over before bowling out the UAE for 39.

Subha Srinivasan and Ali took one wicket each for the UAE but it was too little too late.

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Ali Mirza scores 89 runs to help Ajman Falcons to victory in the Rising Star League

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Letting the bat do the talking: Ali Mirza

Ali Mirza missed out on century but his 89-run knock proved to be vital as Ajman Falcons beat Ajman Stallions by 33 runs in the Rising Star League.

Stallions decided to field first and after having brief success with the dismissal of Nitin Kumar early on, Falcons gradually found their game at the crease.

That was largely down to Tahir Hamdan and Mirza, who frustrated Stallions with a 86-run partnership. That stand came to an end when Hamdan was out for 36 runs but Mirza continued to be a threat. He went on to score a superb 89 – the highest individual score of the third round.

Once he was sent back to the pavilion, Cherian George and Mohammed Faraaz kept the run-rate up by hitting 19 and 18 runs respectively. By the time they finished their 36 overs, they amassed an imposing total of 188-7.

It could have been more but Mirza’s UAE U-19 team-mate Aryan Lakra was in top form with the ball, taking 4-40 in his allotted eight overs.

When Lakra returned with the bat, he could only score six runs while Vihan Sudhir was out for five. Abdul Murad hit a battling 34 while Ebrahim Alam and
Thomas Mariadason scored 28 and 21 respectively.

Stallions tried their best to pile on the runs and were eventually out for 156.

For Falcons, as Akasha Mohammed and Mohammed Faraaz took two wickets each, while Mirza’s efforts with the bat saw him claim the man of the match award.

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