Showing posts with label Women's cricket. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Women's cricket. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Last Ball Thrilling win gives India the Trophy - ICC WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFIER 2017


Stand-in captain Harmanpreet Kaur lifted India to a thrilling last-ball victory over South Africa in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 at the P. Sara Stadium on Tuesday.

Set to chase 245, India had all but lost its way after a flurry of wickets but Kaur kept her cool to score the nine runs required off the last over from pace bowler Marcia Letsoala.

With just one wicket in hand and only one run scored off the first four deliveries, India did not have much going for it but Kaur heaved a six over the mid-wicket fence off the penultimate delivery and then a lofted shot towards long on brought the two runs required off the last ball. Rajeshwari Gayakwad scampered home to complete the double as other Indian players ran on to the ground in celebration of a memorable win.

India stand-in captain Harmanpreet Kaur: “To be honest, I was waiting for that ball because that is my strong area. I know like we needed nine runs in the final over and I was going to hit the ball. If we run then we will go for two runs. My partner also did a great job and ran two runs. It was a totally team effort from our side.”

Earlier, India’s reply had started slowly and it was 20 for one in 7.3 overs before opener Mona Meshram and left-hander Deepti Sharma added 124 runs in the next 25 overs to raise the team’s hopes. Meshram struck 59 off 82 balls with seven fours and one six while Sharma knocked up 71 off 89 balls with eight fours.

However, their departure in successive overs put India behind in the chase once again. Veda Krishnamurthy chipped in with 31 but India was losing wickets regularly before Kaur turned the tables with her run-a-ball 41 in which she hit two fours and the decisive six.

It was a creditable win because India was without captain and star batter Mithali Raj due to a hamstring pull suffered during the previous match against Pakistan, while already missing pace bowler Jhulan Goswami and opener Smriti Mandhana due to injuries ahead of the tournament.

India had gone into the match with a slight edge as it had beaten South Africa by 49 runs in a Super Six match and possessed a battery of slow bowlers who had looked capable of bothering the opposition but South Africa had seized the initiative early on with some fine batting.

South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk had said on the eve of the match that her team would play positively against the spinners and just about each of the team’s batter did that, showing fine footwork to negate India’s spin dependence and with only one pace bowler in Shikha Pandey in the playing eleven.

Openers Lizelle Lee (37) and Laura Wolvaardt (21) added 51 runs in 10 overs to put South Africa on road to a big total even as the Indian bowlers struggled to slow the flow of runs. Lee was quick to despatch anything loose over the infield, smashing three fours and three sixes off 31 balls.Mignon du Preez (40), van Niekerk (37) and Sune Luus (35) all found ways to counter the Ekta Bisht-led spin attack.

South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk: “Even though they had a partnership going, we always knew they were in fours and at one stage they needed even six an over. We were in the driving seat, but India are a quality team and the experience of Harmanpreet Kaur coming in….. they showed it today.

“It was a really good score and we were really happy. But if we had somebody who went on like Deepti to score 70-odd, would have made life a lot easier and probably an extra 20 runs to work with.”

India and South Africa, along with Sri Lanka and Pakistan, have qualified for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 in which they will join Australia, England, New Zealand and the West Indies. The four top teams from the tournament also made the ICC Women’s Championship while the top six – Ireland and Bangladesh being the other two teams – are assured of ODI status for the next four-year cycle.

Scores in brief:
India beat South Africa by one run
South Africa 244 all out in 49.4 overs (Mignon du Preez 40, Lizelle Lee 37, Dane van Niekerk 37, Sune  Luus 35, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 3-51, Shikha Pandey 2-41).
India 245-9 in 50 overs (Deepti Sharma 71, Mona Meshram 59, Harmanpreet Kaur 41 not out, Veda Krishnamurthy 31, Marizanne Kapp 2-36, Aiyabonga Khaka 2-55).

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Australia retains top T20I ranking despite losing to newly crowned ICC Women’s World Twenty20 champions West Indies

Australia retains top T20I ranking despite losing to newly crowned ICC Women's World Twenty20 champions West Indies

·         West Indies close in on fourth ranked India, No change in team rankings

·         Australia captain Meg Lanning  holds on to No.1 batting ranking, player of the final Hayley Matthews rewarded with a 26-place jump in batting rankings and  a 22-place move up in the all-rounder rankings

·         Megan Schutt storms into the top 10 of the bowlers rankings; Anisa Mohammed, Stafanie Taylor, Kristen Beams and Afy Fletcher rise significantly

Plenty to celebrate for the champion West Indies women's team after it pulled off a major upset to win the ICC Women's World Twenty20 India 2016 trophy, bringing to an end to Australia's bid to win a fourth straight title.

The victorious side has improved its numbers in the MRF Tyres ICC Women's Team Rankings moving up to 104 points, just three behind fourth-ranked India.

Australia has managed to keep its top rating, and is closely followed in second place by semi-finalist England which has dropped a point and is now five behind Australia. New Zealand has also gone down a point and at 115 is 13 behind the leader in third.

There are no changes in the bottom half, as South Africa, and Pakistan, Sri Lanka Bangladesh and Ireland have retained their sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th place respectively.

The player rankings have seen some significant changes with respect to the final four sides which featured in the semi-finals and final of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 India 2016.

Australia captain Meg Lanning, who scored a half-century in the final, has kept her number-one batting ranking, while team-mate Elyse Villani, who also scored a half-century, has moved up three places to 13th.

Gains were recorded for Jess Jonassen, Danielle Wyatt and Merissa Aguilleira, each advancing a spot to 35th, 45th and 47th positions respectively.

Hayley Matthews (54th), who top scored in the final with 66, and was key in West Indies' successful run-chase against Australia, has earned a 26 place rise up the batters charts, and is now in striking distance of the top 50

The bowlers too had plenty to celebrate as the West Indies proved that women's cricket is indeed evolving into an even playing field, Anisa Mohammed, who took the crucial wicket of Meg Lanning in the final, has gained a spot to enter the top five.

Australia's Megan Schutt, with a total of seven wickets in the tournament, has stormed her way into the top 10 with an 11 place rise.

Player of the tournament Stafanie Taylor took a total of eight wickets, three of which came in the semi-final against New Zealand, and she moved up five places in the bowlers' rankings to 35th, while team-mate Shamilia Connell has also gained five places to reach 45th.

Kristen Beams of Australia, who took a total of six wickets, with one each in the semi-final and final, was another major mover, she leaped up a massive 13 places to 44th, one position below Connell.

Amongst the all-rounders, Hayley Matthews was once again the stand-out performer as she improved her ranking to 25th, a 22-place rise for her.

The top 10 has barely seen any changes as Ellyse Perry, Dane van Niekerk, Stafanie Taylor, Salma Khatun and Deandra Dottin have retained their top-five all-rounder positions.

The ICC Women's Championship kicks into action this June when Pakistan visits England for Three ODIs. This will be a chance for Charlotte Edwards and her team to try and catch up with Australia, and perhaps take over the top spot in women's cricket.

Forthcoming matches in ICC Women's Championship:

England vs Pakistan
20 June – 1st ODI, Leicester
22 June – 2nd ODI, Derby
27 June – 3rd ODI, Derby

MRF Tyres ICC Women's Rankings (as on 4 April, after the conclusion of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 India 2016)

Rank   Team              Points
1.      Australia           128
2.      England            123
3.      New Zealand    115
4.      India                 107
5.      West Indies      104
6.      South Africa       93
7.      Pakistan              81
8.      Sri Lanka           71
9.      Bangladesh         45
10.  Ireland                 29

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC T20I Women's Player Rankings (as on 4 April, after the conclusion of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 India 2016)
Batting (top 10)

Rank     (+/-)       Player               Team        Pts         Avge      S/Rate    HS Rating
   1           ( - )          Meg Lanning        Aus         675        32.00     117         717 v WI at Melbourne 2014
   2           ( - )          Suzie Bates           NZ          659          27.26    107         666 v Ire at Chandigarh 2016
   3           ( - )          C Edwards            Eng         656          32.97    107         812 v Pak at Taunton 2009
   4           ( - )          Stafanie Taylor    WI          647          36.19    104         770 v NZ at St Lucia 2010
   5           ( - )          Sarah Taylor        Eng         634          30.20    110         721 v Aus at Chelmsford 2013
   6           ( - )          Deandra Dottin    WI          610          25.04    125         649 v Eng at Bridgetown 2013
   7           ( - )          Mithali Raj           Ind          607          34.60    100         761 v WI at Ahmedabad 2011
   8           ( - )          Bismah Maroof   Pak         567          27.86    84           579 v Ban at Karachi 2015
   9           ( - )          D van Niekerk      SA           541          26.67    87           543 v Ire at Chennai 2016
  10         ( - )          Sophie Devine      NZ          540          24.61    115         560 v SL at Christchurch 2015
Selected rankings (top 50)

Rank     (+/-)       Player               Team        Pts         Avge   S/Rate    HS Rating
  13         (+3)         Elyse Villani          Aus         510        27.96     113         591 v Ire at Dublin 2015
  14         (-1)          Alex Blackwell     Aus         509        21.03     93           566 v Eng at Canberra 2011
  15         (-1)          Lizelle Lee             SA           506          23.51    94           517 v WI at Cape Town 2016
  16         (-1)          Ellyse Perry           Aus         500          26.56    103         503 v Ire at Delhi 2016
  35         (+1)         Jess Jonassen        Aus         385*      17.31     92           391 v Ire at Delhi 2016
  36         (+1)         Javeria Khan        Pak         382         17.90     82           493 v Aus at Sylhet 2014
  37         (-4)          Jessica Cameron  Aus         381         20.91     108         610 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2012
  44         ( - )          S Campbelle         WI          319         12.34     80           362 v Aus at Sydney 2014
  45=       (+1)         Danielle Wyatt     Eng         304         12.28     104         355 v WI at Bridgetown 2013
                ( - )          Katie Perkins        NZ          304*      18.00     98           323 v SL at Christchurch 2015
  47         (+1)         M Aguilleira          WI          301         13.38     78           377 v SL at Colombo

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank      (+/-)        Player               Team     Pts          Avge      Eco.        HS Rating Ranking
   1           ( - )          Anya Shrubsole   Eng         671         12.79     5.45       680 v WI at Dharamsala 2016
   2           ( - )          Morna Nielsen      NZ          661!       18.19     4.81       661 v WI at Mumbai 2016
   3           (+1)         Anam Amin          Pak         614         17.85     4.89       645 v Ban at Delhi 2016
   4           (-1)          Ellyse Perry           Aus         611         19.80     5.74       686 v NZ at Nelson 2010
   5           (+1)         A Mohammed     WI          604         15.32     5.29       673 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2011
   6           (-1)          Danielle Hazell     Eng         592         19.23     5.21       685 v NZ at Chelmsford 2011
   7           ( - )        Shabnim Ismail     SA           590         19.65     5.70       618 v Aus at Nagpur 2016
   8         (+11)        Megan Schutt       Aus         587         19.04     6.10       599 v Eng at Delhi 2016
   9           (-1)          Leigh Kasperek    NZ          577*      8.16       4.48       578 v SA at Bangalore 2016
  10         ( - )          Poonam Yadav   Ind          562*      12.39     5.33       571 v Pak at Delhi 2016

Selected rankings (top 50)

Rank    (+/-)        Player               Team       Pts          Avge      Eco.     HS Rating Ranking
  35=       (+5)         Stafanie Taylor    WI          457         16.10     5.41       633 v SL at Port-of-Spain 2012
                (+1)         Jahanara Alam    Ban        457         25.42     5.46       495 v Pak at Karachi 2015
  37         ( - )          Jenny Gunn          Eng         456         19.52     6.24       470 v SA at Edgbaston 2014
  38         (+3)         Sophie Devine      NZ          454         15.66     5.79       629 v Eng at Hove 2010
  39         ( - )          Rumana Ahmed  Ban        442         31.00     5.69       462 v Ire at Bangkok 2015
  40         (-5)          Sarah Coyte         Aus         441         20.82     6.10       657 v Ind at Visakhapatnam 2012
  41         (-4)          Tremayne Smartt                WI          431         19.10     5.43       561 v NZ at Invercargill 2014
  42=       ( - )          Deandra Dottin    WI          416!       19.00     6.03       416 v Aus at Kolkata 2016
                (+1)         Hayley Matthews                WI          416*      15.52     5.40       437 v Ban at Chennai 2016
  44         (+13)      Kristen Beams      Aus         414*!    19.92     5.51       414 v WI at Kolkata 2016
  45=       (-1)          R Gayakwad        Ind          410*      19.53     6.25       418 v Eng at Dharamsala 2016
                (+5)         Shamilia Connell WI          410*!    35.00     5.56       410 v Aus at Kolkata 2016

All-rounders (top 10)
Rank      (+/-)        Player               Team     Pts          Highest Ranking
   1           ( - )          Ellyse Perry           Aus         306        319 v NZ at New Plymouth 2016
   2           ( - )          D van Niekerk      SA           298        304 v Ire at Chennai 2016
   3           ( - )          Stafanie Taylor    WI          296        422 v SL at Bridgetown 2012
   4           ( - )          Salma Khatun      Ban        260*/    292 v Ire at Sylhet 2014
   5           ( - )          Deandra Dottin    WI          254!       254 v Aus at Kolkata 2016
   6           (+1)         Sophie Devine      NZ          245        304 v Eng at Hove 2010
   7=        (+1)         Isobel Joyce          Ire           235        291 v Aus at Sylhet 2014
                (-1)          Suzie Bates           NZ          235        274 v Aus at Taunton 2011
   9           ( - )          Bismah Maroof   Pak         229        248 v Ire at Doha 2014
 10         ( - )          Jess Jonassen        Aus         212*/    224 v Ire at Delhi 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016

West Indies dethrones Australia to win maiden ICC Women’s World Twenty20 title

West Indies dethrones Australia to win maiden ICC Women's World Twenty20 title

·       Matthews wins player of the final award while Taylor adjudged player of the tournament

·       Taylor: "I have been waiting for this for a long time"

·       Lanning: "Full credit to the West Indies for the way they came out with the bat"

The West Indies won its first-ever ICC Women's World Twenty20 title with an impressive eight-wicket win in the final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday that denied favourite Australia a fourth successive title.

Power-packed half-centuries from Elyse Villani and Meg Lanning lifted Australia to 148 for five, the team's highest total in the tournament, after the Southern Stars won the toss and batted.

The West Indies surpassed the challenging target with three deliveries to spare following a rollicking opening stand of 120 between skipper Stafanie Taylor and young Hayley Matthews.

The 18-year-old Matthews smashed 66 off 45 balls that included six boundaries and three sixes. Taylor scored 59 off 57 balls with six hits to the fence.

Both openers fell in the last five overs but Deandra Dottin, who had conceded just one run in the final over during Australia's innings, ensured victory with an unbeaten 18 off 12 balls.

It was the first win for the West Indies over Australia in nine T20 Internationals and the first time a team outside Australia, England and New Zealand won a major women's world title.

Both Villani and Lanning scored 52 apiece for Australia, adding 77 for the second wicket after Alyse Healy had fallen in the second over for four.

Villani hit nine boundaries during her 37-ball knock while Lanning had eight fours including three off consecutive balls from Dottin.

Ellyse Perry boosted the total with a 23-ball 28 that included both sixes hit in the innings.

The West Indies made a brisk start as Matthews and Taylor hammered 45 runs in the six overs of PowerPlay before taking their team to 76 for no loss at the half-way stage of the innings.

Matthews reached her maiden T20I half-century in the 13th over with a six and four off Jess Jonassen, but appeared to be struggling with a leg injury.

Mathews finally fell in the 16th over when 29 were required off 26 balls as she pulled a ball from Kristen Beams to mid-wicket, giving the Australians their first break.

Taylor was dismissed in the 19th over, but not before finishing as the tournament's leading scorer with 246 runs.

"We are certainly on top of the world," said Taylor, who was later named the player of the tournament.

"I have been waiting for this for a long time and it has come at the right time. We did not get the start we wanted with the ball, but the batting did it for us.

"I had told the girls we needed to back ourselves against a top side like Australia and we did exactly that today."

The closing stages of the match was watched by the West Indies men's team which was due to play the final against England later in the evening.

"It was fantastic to see the men's team supporting us at the ground," said Taylor. "In fact, Darren Sammy (the men's captain) had sent me a text message this morning saying we were going to win. I am happy we proved him right."

Lanning was understandably disappointed but conceded that the West Indies deserved to win.

"We did not get the result we wanted, but full credit to the West Indies for the way they came out with the bat," the Australian captain said.

"I felt we were a few runs short because 160 would have been nice. But we could have defended 148 if we bowled well. That was not to be. But I am proud of the effort everyone put in to get us here."

Matthews, adjudged the player of the match, was delighted. "Words can't explain what I feel now," she said, adding: "To be able to take the trophy home is a great feeling."

Summarised scores:

West Indies beat Australia by eight wickets in Kolkata
Australia 148-5, 20 overs (Elyse Villani 52, Meg Lanning 52, Ellyse Perry 28; Deandra Dottin 2-33, Hayley Matthews 1-13, Anisa Mohammed 1-19)
West Indies 149-2, 19.3 overs (Hayley Matthews 66, Stafanie Taylor 59, Deandra Dottin 19 not out; Kristen Beams 1-27)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Australia, England on course for semi-finals, Pakistan stay in hunt - #wt20

·         Australia beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets; England win last-ball thriller against the West Indies; Pakistan stay in hunt by beating Bangladesh

·         Lanning - "It's nice to have a pretty comprehensive win."

·         Mir - "Extremely proud of the way we played the last few matches."

Three-time defending champion Australia and title contender England recorded important wins on Thursday to step closer to the semi-finals of the ICC Women's World Twenty20.

Australia, winner of the last three editions in 2010, 2012 and 2014, bounced back after a morale-sapping loss to New Zealand to thump Sri Lanka by nine wickets in New Delhi.

England, the winner of the inaugural edition in 2009 and runners-up to Australia in the last two tournaments, squeaked past the West Indies by one wicket in a last-ball thriller in Dharamsala.

Pakistan too kept its hopes alive with a nine-wicket demolition of Bangladesh in New Delhi, its second victory in three matches.

England and the West Indies faced each other level on four points each, but the hard-earned win on Thursday put Charlotte Edwards' girls ahead in the race for the semi-finals from Group B.

The West Indies was restricted to 108 for four after electing to bat with skipper Stafanie Taylor top-scoring with 35 and Shaquana Quintyne making 29.

Riding on Tammy Beaumont's 31 and Edwards'30, England moved to a comfortable 59 for no loss in eight overs when six wickets tumbled in the space of 24 runs.

England, which had lost eight wickets while chasing a target of 91 against India on Tuesday, began the last over from Deandra Dottin needing seven runs with two wickets in hand.

Anya Shrubsole scored two each off the first two balls before being bowled off the fourth. But Dottin bowled a wide off the fifth and conceded a bye off the last ball to hand England victory.

"We were very nervous in the dug-out," said Beaumont. "Having batted and been out, there was nothing much I could do except sit and watch and hope the girls pull it off. This is what they were able to do." 

Taylor said the West Indies failed to get a good start with the ball. "We did not get early wickets but it was good to pull it back a bit in the end. Our spinners bowled well which is a positive we can take from the match,"

Sri Lanka, electing to bat against Australia, made a promising start through skipper Chamari Atapattu and wicket-keeper Dilani Manodara to reach 75 for one in the 11th over.

Both batters scored 38 each, but Australia fought back to restrict Sri Lanka to 123 for eight after 20 overs as Megan Schutt and Kristen Beams picked up two wickets each.

The Southern Stars raced past the target with 14 deliveries to spare after Elyse Villani (53 not out) and skipper Meg Lanning (56 not out) put on 98 for the unbroken second wicket.

Australia jumped to second place in Group A with its second win in three games and must defeat Ireland in New Delhi on Saturday to advance to the semi-finals.

New Zealand heads the group with three straight wins.

"At one stage it looked we were probably going to chase 140-150 but our bowlers did a great job to peg them back," said Lanning. "Its nice to have a pretty comprehensive win.

"We have so much talent in our top order but we just have not been able to put it on the park enough. I look forward to the challenge ahead."

Atapattu blamed the defeat on her team's performance in the field. "Our bowling and fielding were not very good which is very disappointing," the Sri Lankan captain said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan dominated Bangladesh from start to finish in New Delhi to draw level with the West Indies with four points each after three matches.

Anam Amin and Asmavia Iqbal shared four wickets as Bangladesh, electing to bat, was kept down to 113 for nine with Fargana Hoque being the principal scorer with 36.

Pakistan coasted home in the 17th over after Bismah Maroof hit an unbeaten 43 and Sidra Ameen made 53 not out during an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 99 runs.

Pakistan plays England in its last match in Chennai on Sunday, while the West Indies takes on India in Mohali the same day.

Pakistan captain Sana Mir was delighted at the emphatic win. "Extremely proud of the way we have played the last few matches," she said.

"We have been following England's progress and we think we have a very good chance of beating them and playing the semis."

Australia beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets in New Delhi
Sri Lanka 123-8, 20 overs (Chamari Atapattu 38, Dilani Manodara 38; Megan Schutt 2-25, Kristen Beams 2-25)
Australia 125-1, 17.4 overs (Elyse Villani 53 not out, Meg Lanning 56 not out)
England beat West Indies by one wicket in Dharamsala
West Indies 108-4, 20 overs (Stefanie Taylor 35, Shaquana Quintyne 29; Anya Shrubsole 1-11)
England 109-9, 20 overs (Tammy Beaumont 31, Charlotte Edwards 30, Shaquana Quintyne 3-19)

Pakistan beat Bangladesh by nine wickets in New Delhi 
Bangladesh 113-9, 20 overs (Fargana Hoque 36; Anam Amin 2-12, Asmavia Iqbal 2-30)
Pakistan 114-1, 16.3 overs (Bismah Maroof 43 not out, Sidra Ameen 53 not out)

Next fixtures: Saturday 26 March 2016
Australia v Ireland (1530) New Delhi 
New Zealand v South Africa (1930) Bengaluru

Group tables:

Group A

   Team              Played   Won   Lost  NNR    Points

   New Zealand          3      3      0   +2.5     6

   Australia            3      2      1   +0.0     4
   South Africa         2      1      1   +1.4     2
   Sri Lanka            3      1      2   -0.5     2

   Ireland              3      0      3   -2.9     0

   Group B

   Team              Played    Won   Lost   NNR    Points

   England              3        3     0    +0.7     6
   West Indies          3        2     1    +0.8     4
   Pakistan             3        2     1    +0.3     4
   India                3        1     2    +1.1     2
   Bangladesh           4        0     4    -2.3     0

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