Women's World T20 2016 March 28, 2016

Kasperek, Edwards star - but where are the cameras?

A Scottish-born Kiwi leads the wicket-takers' list while England's captain just keeps piling up the runs

Leigh Kasperek has enjoyed a productive tournament with the ball © IDI/Getty Images

ESPNcricinfo looks back at some of the moments from week two of the Women's World T20

Player of the week - Leigh Kasperek

From Scotland to New Zealand with flight, guile and a delivery that bears affectionate resemblance to a doosra. Having played for Scotland as a youngster, Kasperek moved to the Edinburgh of the south to continue a cricketing odyssey that, at 24, sees her on the cusp of a World T20 final. Her action is all lollygagging medium pacer, until she gets to the crease and forces her back leg to come through and across in a traditional offspinner's gait, with the fingers doing the rest. She has enjoyed some serious success over Australia, who have contributed 10 of Kasperek's 25 T20I victims. Three of those came in their recent battle in Nagpur last Tuesday, when she removed the top order to leave the Southern Stars reeling on a universally acceptable score of 4 for 4. Another three came against South Africa to see her sitting pretty at the top of the tournament's wickets column. With West Indies ahead on a flat Wankhede track, we are about to find out just how good she is.

Edwards breaks another barrier

No man, woman or beast had scored more than 2500 international Twenty20 runs until England captain Charlotte Edwards ticked off the milestone on Sunday against Pakistan. Back in the 2014 World T20, she became the first person past 2000 T20I runs, beating Brendon McCullum to the punch despite the Kiwi cyclone needing just 41 runs when Edwards had 79 to go. She knocked off the arrears with a 69-ball 80 against Bangladesh. When asked about the feat, she responded in typical fashion: "The win is always the most important thing for me. The stats I'll look at the end of my career and, I don't know, reflect on that."

Villani of the piece

The loss of Grace Harris looked like it might have upset Australia's balance going into the World T20. And while it does leave the side shorn of a bit of extra dynamism with the bat, and a spin option with the ball, it has paved the way for Elyse Villani to embark on a timely return to form. Dropped from the side after a string of poor performances in the WBBL, she returned to the squad for the World T20 for experience - ridiculous given that she's only 26, but it showed that she was very much a "just in case" selection. Yet, after a dismal start with 4 and 0 in the opening week, she came across a Delhi track with a bit of pace and bounce and unfurled a classy 53 not out against Sri Lanka before top-scoring with 43 as Australia chased down Ireland's modest 92 in 13.2 overs. While she averages just 11.75 against England, the Feroz Shah Kotla might provide her with the perfect surroundings to bump that up.

The reviews will not be televised

All group matches at the women's World T20 were equal, but some were more equal than others. Exactly half, as it happens. The host broadcaster Star Sports' decision to only show 10 of the 20 group stage games inadvertently skewed the match conditions for the rest. For without their cameras in operation, there was no third umpire available in the other 10 matches. In England's un-televised match against West Indies, Edwards survived a very early stumping chance that would have definitely been sent upstairs. A photograph taken at the time shows the wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira about to remove the bails, with Edwards' bat still in the air. It is impossible to prove whether the result would have changed had Edwards not gone on to score 30 - though it is a strong argument considering England needed a bye off the last ball for a one-wicket win - but it makes you think how many other marginal calls have been missed. Not just line calls like stumpings and run-outs, but checking to see whether a fielder has touched the boundary sponge when they've hurled the ball in from going for four. Considering the low-scoring nature of the women's competition so far, those runs could have been potentially match-turning.

Up top, down low

After England's win against India, the players went to meet the Dalai Lama. Heather Knight, player of the match with 3 for 15, was understandably chipper. Upon posing for a few photos - "It really is an honour," beamed the DL - Knight managed to nab the holiest of high-fives. Contented, she probably wondered what good fortune would come her way. Sadly, it was quite the opposite. Wicketless the next day against West Indies as well as posting another single digit score with the bat, Knight then fell ill and could not make the XI for the final group match. A lesson for everyone: don't high-five religious leaders - you don't know where they've been.

Vithushan Ehantharajah is a sportswriter for ESPNcricinfo, the Guardian, All Out Cricket and Yahoo Sport

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  • chaitan31 on March 29, 2016, 20:08 GMT

    That is outrageous. You should televise all those matches irrespective of the trps and stuff. Many women's matches went down to wire..how many results could've bent matches like the one in the article! And yes the last one was hilarious! HiFi!

  • Balladeer on March 29, 2016, 12:42 GMT

    That the WI vs. England match wasn't televised was a shocker. Instead, they decided to televise the simultaneous Pakistan vs. Bangladesh, which was only ever going to have one result. Not a good decision, for cricket or for anyone.

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