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Malaysian Womens' Team Hold Their Own in UAE

22/11/2021POSTED BY Malaysian Cricket Association Admin

Malaysian Womens'  Team Hold Their Own in UAE

UAE produced an all-around show to stop Malaysia while Hong Kong subdued Nepal through their superior batting strength. Bhutan bowled and fielded brilliantly to outplay Kuwait.
UAE vs Malaysia
Hosts UAE got off to a winning start by riding on debutant Theertha Satish’s knock of 46 runs and some tight bowling to down Malaysia by 30 runs on the opening day of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier at the ICC Academy ground.
Malaysia won the toss and elected to field and picked an early wicket when opener Kavisha Egodage got clean bowled to Malaysia skipper Winifred Duraisingam to the last ball of the first over for 4. Theertha Satish joined opener Esha Oza and steadily accelerated the run flow.  Oza, who began by hitting Wan Nor Zulaika for two consecutive boundaries, went for her shots. She went on to score 33 off 30 balls with three boundaries before Mahirah Izzati Ismail had her caught by Winifred. Oza and Peter had put on 56 runs for the second wicket. Chamani Seneviratna fell after scoring ten runs, trapped leg before by Ismail, and after putting on 30 more runs for the third wicket. 
UAE skipper Chaya Mughal steered her team past the 100 run mark in the 16th over. Satish kept the scoreboard moving by picking the gaps. In the 19th over, Satish fell four short of her half-century when she got caught behind off Nur Arianna Natsya. Her T20 International debut knock of 46 came off 48 balls with three boundaries. UAE went on to post 131 for 4 with Mughal chipping in with an unbeaten 24 off 21 balls.
Chasing a run rate of 6.55, Malaysian openers Winifred and Wan Julia put on 43 runs but consumed 10.4 overs. The UAE bowlers, especially the spinners, bowled tightly. Egodage picked the first wicket when Winifred was brilliantly caught by Mughal for 12. Julia went on to hit 44 runs off 50 balls before Priyanjali caught her off Venkataraman Suba. Esla Hunter remained unbeaten on 25, but Malaysia who scored at a run rate of 5.02 an over, could muster only 101 for 2.
UAE’s top scorer Satish won the Player of the Match award in her debut match. “It felt special to win the Player of the Match award on my debut. My teammates and the other batsmen gave me the confidence to go and play such a knock. I am thankful to everyone on my team,” she said.
Malaysian skipper Winifred admitted that her team should have gotten off to a quicker start. “They (UAE) bowled well but we should have pushed early for the runs. We will come back stronger in the next match,” she said.
UAE skipper Mughal lauded her spinners and Satish for their contribution towards the victory, “Spinners are the strength of any team though pacers too play a vital role. We have the perfect combination. Satish is someone who loves to play the anchor role and she did it to perfection today."
Brief scores
UAE beat Malaysia by 30 runs. UAE 131 for 4 in 20 overs; Malaysia 101 for 2 in 20 overs
Player of the Match: Theertha Satish

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