Siya Gokhale’s three-for helps UAE whitewash Hong Kong
Career-best bowling figures from Siya Gokhale helped UAE whitewash Hong Kong in the four-match T20I series at the Malek Cricket Ground in Ajman on Saturday (April 30). The hosts bundled Hong Kong out for just 62 before chasing it down inside nine overs in the final T20I.
Opting to bat first, Hong Kong lost skipper Kary Chan early in the third over. Although Natasha Miles and wicket-keeper Shanzeen Shahzad added 25 runs for the second wicket, they took their time during their stay at the wicket.
Once Gokhale accounted for Shahzad, Hong Kong innings ran into a rut and reduced to 36 for 4 in the 11th over. Mariko Hill tried to hang in with 15 off 14 balls, but when she was dismissed by Gokhale in the 13th over.
From there, Hong Kong lost last six wickets for 11 runs and couldn’t bat the 20 overs. Only Miles, Shahzad, and Mills reached double figures with UAE bowlers keeping it tight from both ends.
For UAE, Gokhale picked up three wickets for just 14 runs from her four overs, while Chaya Mughal and Vaishnave Mahesh picked up two wickets apiece.
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Chasing only 63 to make it 4-0, UAE started strongly with Esha Oza hitting Chan for a boundary in the third ball of the innings. At the other end, Kavisha Egodage joined the fun with two fours.
Just before the end of the power play, Hong Kong struck with the wicket of Egodage with Hill accounting for her. However, that was the only wicket they could snare through the day.
Walking in at three, Theertha Satish hit Ruchitha Venkatesh for a four before repeating the same against Iqra Sahar in the next over. With 13 runs coming in the eighth over, UAE needed only eight more runs with plenty of overs to spare.
In the ninth over, Oza hit back-to-back boundaries to take UAE to a nine-wicket win. She remained not out on 28, while Satish contributed with an unbeaten 12.
Brief Scores: Hong Kong 62/10 in 18.4 overs (Mariko Hill 15; Siya Gokhale 3/14, Vaishnave Mahes 2/7) lost to UAE 64/1 in 8.3 overs (Esha Oza 28*, Kavisha Egodage 16) by nine wickets. POTM: Siya Gokhale