UAE women’s captain Humaira Tasneem has challenged her team-mates to take more responsibility with the bat if they want to beat Netherlands again and end their World Twenty20 Qualifier campaign on a high.
The UAE take on the hosts on Saturday in the 7/8th place play-off with both sides playing for pride after seeing their qualification hopes ended in the group stage.
Tasneem’s side come into the game on the back of a seven-wicket defeat to Thailand on Thursday in which they were bowled out for 50.
It was the third straight match that the UAE fared poorly with the bat after scores of 39 and 83 against Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea respectively.
But their six-wicket victory against the Netherlands a week ago where they chased 137 shows there’s strong talent in the batting department and Tasneem wants to see that kind of performance in their final game.
“I think in the last three games, our batting hasn’t been great,” said the spinner. “Not one of the batters has taken responsibility and I hope we do it on Saturday. Someone has to take responsibility and play our shots and stay there and at least scoring a run a ball. I hope that happens because we need to improve as a team as a batting unit.”
“The win against the Netherlands will give us a lot confidence because we chased a total in order to beat them. That was very important for us and we started the tournament by winning against them and that is how we want to end it.
“We will play against Netherlands in good spirit and want to try and win our last game here.”
The victory against the Dutch put them in a strong position of reaching the semi-finals. A win against either Papua New Guinea or Asian Twenty20 champions Bangladesh in the group would have sealed their spot in the last-four.
But they fell to a last-ball defeat to Papua New Guinea before coming up short against Bangladesh as their dream of reaching their first-ever World Twenty20 ended.
Ireland and Bangladesh, who will meet in Saturday’s final, will complete the line-up for November’s showpiece event in the West Indies. Tasneem admits things could have been different if they scored big totals.
“We are upset we didn’t reach the semis,” she said. “The game against PNG was really close. If we had won that we would have reached the semi-finals and keep the dream alive. T20 cricket is a format where anything can happen. We didn’t click as a batting unit and if that had happened things would have been different today.”
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.
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.