Hong Kong and Qatar register wins on Day 3 of ACC T20 Championship

Hong Kong (R) and Qatar (L) © Malaysia Cricket

Hong Kong continued their winning momentum with the second consecutive win in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Women’s T20 Championship 2022 on Sunday (June 19). In Group A, Qatar opened their account in the tournament with a dominant win over Oman by seven wickets. 

Hong Kong v Bahrain

At the Kinrara Academy Oval, Hong Kong’s captain Kary Chan won the toss and opted to field first against Bahrain in the Group B match. Hong Kong struck early as Iqra Sahar bowled Poorvaja Jagdeesha for a duck. Bahrain lost four wickets in the powerplay, but the captain Deepika Rasangika remained unbeaten on 47 runs to help her team post a respectable total. She received some help from Pavithra Shetty who scored run-a-ball 17 runs. 

Sahar, Betty Chan, and Mariko Hill took two wickets each for Hong Kong as Bahrain could only score 79 for nine in the first innings. 

In reply, Hill and Bella Poon gave Hong Kong a good start as the opening pair added 23 runs in 3.5 overs. Gayani Fernando gave Bahrain a much-needed breakthrough with the dismissal of Hill. Tharanga Gajanayake sent Poon back to the pavilion to give Bahrain some hope in the power play but the experienced duo of Natasha Miles and Chan finished off the chase with eight wickets in hand. 

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Qatar v Oman

Qatar won the toss and opted to bowl first against Oman at the UKM-YSD Cricket Oval in Group A. Oman’s captain Vaishali Jesrani was trapped in the front by her counterpart in the first over of the match for a duck. The procession of wickets continued as six Oman batters were sent packing for a duck. Only Bhakti Shetty could score in double digits for Oman as they were bowled out for 48 in the 13th over. 

Angeline Mare and Hiral Agarwal took three wickets each for Qatar, while Aysha and Sachi Dhadwal chipped in with two wickets. 

Qatar’s openers, Shrutiben Rana and Shahreen Bahadur added 28 runs for the first wicket to give them a solid foundation. Once the openers were dismissed and captain Ayesha was bowled for one by Dcosta, Qatar didn’t have any more hiccups in the chase. They chased down this total in the ninth over with seven wickets in hand. 

Brief Score

Bahrain 79/9 in 20 overs (Deepika Rasangika 47; Iqra Sahar 2/8) lost to Hong Kong 81/2 in 11.2 overs (Kary Chan 23*, Mariko Hill 19) by eight wickets

Oman 48 all out in 13 overs (Bhakti Shetty 22; Hiral Agarwal 3/1) lost to Qatar 49/3 in 8.3 overs (Shrutiben Rana 11; Amanda Dcosta 1/10) by seven wickets