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.
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.
The UAE must beat Bangladesh on Tuesday to keep their 2020 World Twenty20 qualification hopes alive after they fell to an agonising two-wicket loss against Papua New Guinea (PNG).
At Amstelveen on Sunday afternoon, the UAE nearly pulled off an unlikely victory when they took four wickets in the last four overs to leave PNG needing six from seven deliveries. But PNG scraped past the finishing line to reach their 84-run target with one ball remaining.
Victory against PNG would have guaranteed a semi-final berth for the UAE but Murali Sockalingam’s side will have to beat newly-crowned Asian Twenty20 champions Bangladesh in their final group game to guarantee their road of reaching the showpiece event in West Indies.
The UAE had little time to rest following their stunning six-wicket win over hosts Netherlands on Saturday.
But unlike their remarkable run-chase where they successfully reached their target of 138 against the Dutch thanks to Nisha Ali’s half-century, the UAE struggled with the bat.
After surviving the first seven overs, the UAE lost their first wicket and by the 12th over, half of their batting line-up had been dismissed with the scorecard reading 45-7.
Subha Srinivasan (22) and Roopa Nagraj (10) then put on a vital 29-run stand. By the time Srinivasan became the sixth batswoman to be run-out off the final delivery, the UAE gave themselves a fighting chance with 83 on the board.
With PNG hitting 84 runs in their eight-wicket defeat to Asian Twenty20 champions Bangladesh on Saturday, the UAE bowlers had their work cut out.
Nagraj got the UAE’s first wicket in the second over before former Sri Lanka all-rounder Chamani Seneviratna added another. With 11 runs needed from 24 deliveries, PNG was in a dominant position but survived a scare when Srinivasan (3-13) took two scalps in one over while Kavisha Egodage (1-15) pegged them back.
Ali, who scored two runs with the bat, was effective with two run-outs in the three overs but PNG kept their cool and got the required run to keep themselves in contention.