UAE secure T20I series with one match to go
Kavisha Egodage © Twitter/ Emirates Cricket
Yet another clinical performance from United Arab Emirates (UAE) saw them secure the series (3-0 with one match to go) as they defeated Hong Kong in the third T20I by 26 runs on Friday, April 29.
UAE skipper Chaya Mughal decided to bat first after winning the toss at the Malek Cricket Ground in Ajman. UAE lost opener Theertha Satish on the first ball of the second over with just nine runs on the board. But they got an even bigger setback in the sixth over when they lost the Player of the Match from the last game, Esha Oza as she was run out at an individual score of 27 runs.
With 33 runs on the board at the end of six overs, the hosts needed stability, and the pair of Kavisha Egodage and Chamani Seneviratna provided them the same. First-match's half-centurion, Egodage played very smartly and latched on to every single scoring opportunity provided by the Hong Kong bowlers without taking any unnecessary risks.
She lost her partner as Seneviratna fell in the 15th over while trying to up the ante but that didn't affect her momentum. Egodage went on to score a half-century (61* runs off 58 balls) and helped her side to post 121 runs on the board.
Most of the Hong Kong bowlers operated in a disciplined way. Mariko Hill turned out to be the pick of all the Hong Kong bowlers as she picked up two scalps while giving away just 19 runs in her spell.
ALSO READ: Dubai International Stadium to host FairBreak Invitational T20 from May 1
In a bid to chase down 122 and keep themselves alive in the series, Kary Chan's side began their run chase in a watchful manner. A clear lack of communication between openers Hill and Shanzeen Shahzad saw Shahzad getting run out on the fourth delivery of the sixth over.
From that stage onwards UAE bowlers made life miserable for the Hong Kong batters as they didn't offer any freebies to them and kept picking wickets at regular intervals.
Wicket-keeper batter Yasmin Daswani (34* off 20 balls) tried to bring her side back into the run chase but ran out of partners at the other end. Chan's side could only manage 95 in 20 overs and ended up losing the contest by 26 runs.
Brief Scores: UAE 121/3 in 20 overs (Kavisha Egodage 61*; Mariko Hill 2/19) beat Hong Kong 95/9 in 20 overs (Yasmin Daswani 34*; Chamani Seneviratna 2/9) by 26 runs POTM: Kavisha Egodage