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November 14, 2011
Bangladesh Women routed Japan Women in Savar, bowling them out for 38 and chasing the score in 4.4 overs without losing a wicket. Japan elected to bat and reached 21 for 0 in 11.1 overs. Then Bangladesh's spinners came on and Japan couldn't cope. Captain Salma Khatun and Suktara Rahaman took 5 for 5 and 5 for 9 respectively to end Japan's innings in 28.3 overs, Only one of Japan's batsmen reached double figures and extras was the second-highest scorer with nine. Bangladesh reached the target with the minimum of fuss, with the openers hitting five fours between them and ten runs through wides helping their cause.
Pakistan Women's spinners set up their second win in as many games when they dismissed Ireland Women for 140 in Fatullah before their batsmen knocked off the target for the loss of only two wickets. Sadia Yousuf, Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar snapped up nine Ireland batsmen for 69 runs after Qanita Jalil had struck in the opening over. Jill Whelan (35) and Cecelia Joyce (19) steadied Ireland and got them to 47 for 1 but the innings came unstuck once the spinners got into the act. Whelan was bowled by Dar while Yousuf accounted for Cecelia and captain Isobel Joyce (23) to end with 4 for 19. Jalil and captain Sana Mir gave Pakistan a breezy start, putting on 50 in ten overs before Jalil was caught off Whelan for 28. Javeria Khan came in to support her captain and remained unbeaten on 41 as Pakistan won with nearly 18 overs to spare.
South Africa Women hammered USA Women by 198 runs at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan Ground in Savar to make it two wins in two games for them as well. An opening partnership of 200 at almost a run a ball put South Africa in charge before the middle order chipped in with cameos to lift their side to 343 for 5. Shandre Fritz and Trisha Chetty missed out on centuries but their brisk 90s set the tone for the innings. Cri-zelda Brits and Mignon du Preez built on the openers' work with aggressive 40s as South Africa surged well past 300. USA could not get going in the chase, losing a wicket in the second over before the spinners, led by 18-year old legspinner Dane van Niekerk, stifled the innings. van Niekerk took 3 for 29 while Sunette Loubser and du Preez struck twice each to keep USA to 145 for 9.
In another one-sided match, Sri Lanka Women skittled Netherlands Women for 61 and then chased the target in 14.2 overs at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Sri Lanka were given early breakthroughs by their seamers after Netherlands chose to bat. Sripali Weerakkody and Udeshika Prabodhani took three wickets between them to leave Netherlands 14 for 3. The middle order manage to occupy time at the crease but did not score many runs. Kerry-Anne Tomlinson played 104 balls but scored just 15 balls, while Esther Lanser took 54 balls to score 10. The result was that Netherlands' innings lasted till the 42nd over but they could only manage 61. Sri Lanka lost three wickets in their chase but that was after the openers had done most of the work by racing to 46 in 8.2 overs.
Netherlands' batting had been impressive in their first match against Zimbabwe, which they won easily, and their captain Helmien Rambaldo said the difference in this match had been that Sri Lanka did not bowl many loose balls. "Zimbabwe bowled bad balls which helped us score runs yesterday," she said. "Sri Lanka bowled very few bad balls making it far harder to score runs. The pitches here definitely help the ball turn and we prepared for those types of conditions whether it be facing spin or bowling it, but today we simply were not up to the mark."
Sri Lanka's captain Dilani Manodara said spin was Sri Lanka's strength but she was also pleased with her seamers' performances. "The conditions here are similar to Sri Lanka so we're working with our strengths, which are our spin bowlers who claimed plenty of wickets in our loss yesterday [against South Africa] and also in today's win. I'm extremely pleased with our spinners' performances but our fast bowlers also did well today."
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