It is a historic day for China, as their Women’s Cricket Team recorded their first ever win at an ICC global event. China defeated Netherlands by five wickets today, during a league game of the Women’s World T20 Qualifier being held in Thailand.
Bowling first, the Chinese Women restricted Netherlands to a measly total of 101/6 in their 20 overs. Netherlands batter M Veringmeier top scored with 26, while L Yingying, L Jie, and F Song chipped in with one wicket each. Yingying and Song were also involved in two of the three run-outs that the Chinese women managed to perform.
In their reply, the Chinese start wasn’t great either as they lost their first three batters with just six runs on the board, with all the three wickets falling at the score of 6. Huang Zhuo and Song then recuperated them with a 47-run fourth wicket stand, that ultimately proved out to be the difference between the two sides.
Zhuo top-scored with an unbeaten 40 off 54 balls and guided her team home. She was well-supported by Song, who after her performances with the ball and in the field, bettered it with the bat in the hand.
A cameo from C Yudian who scored 20 runs off just 6 balls also helped the team seal the deal with more than an over to spare, thereby preventing it from being a last over thriller. However, with just 1 win from three games, China lies at the third spot in Group B and have been eliminated from the tournament.
Zimbabwe and Ireland have qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament from Group B, notwithstanding Ireland’s thumping victory over Zimbabwe by seven wickets. Ireland bowled Zimbabwe out for 78 and cruised through the chase quite comfortably.
From Group A, Bangladesh Women and Scotland Women have qualified for the semi-finals, thereby edging out Papua New Guinea and the hosts, Thailand. Earlier in the day, Bangladesh had defeated Papua New Guinea by 41 runs and Scotland beat Thailand by six wickets.