12 Mar 2018

Women's ASEAN T20 Cup - HK vs Malaysia

 Today Hong Kong faced Malaysia and were looking to get there first win. The pitch dried up compared to yesterday. Captain Mariko Hill won the toss and elected to bat first. Looking back on yesterday’s game against Thailand, the batters were looking to set a high score. Coach Richard Waite changed the batting order sending Mariko Hill and Shanzeen Shahzad to open the batting. Losing the early wicket of Shanzeen Shahzad in the second over, it looked like the team was going to make the same mistakes as the previous game. Yasmin Daswani stepped up and found the gaps to score her runs. Mariko Hill departed for


Setting to defend 119 runs looked to be a challenge our bowlers could conquer. Malaysia got off to a good start but saw the wicket fall of Yusrina Yaakop at the end of over number 2 bowled by the 14-year-old Maryam Bibi. Allison Siu bowled out Malaysia’s number three departing for only 6 runs. As the wickets fell the top scorer still remained to be the amount of extra’s Hong Kong was bowling. Christina Baret had a wonderfull partnership with Elysa Yasmin of 80 runs. This made things very tight for Hong Kong seeing Malaysia getting closer and closer to the total of 120 runs they needed to win. In the last over of the game  Malaysia needed 5 runs to win, Shanzeen Shahzad bowled out Elysa Yasmin on the second to last bowl of the over, this caused Malaysia to get 2 runs from the last ball and one run to have a super over. Shanzeen held her nerve and restricted Malaysia to the one run.


As Malaysia were batting last they would be batting first in the super over. Mariko Hill was keen to bowl the super over and did a superb job of restricting Thailand to only 5 runs and taking 2 wickets. Mariko Hill and Shanzeen Shahzad were set to get 6 runs to win the super over. If Hong Kong would get 5 runs they would win based on amount of boundaries scored during the innings (10 against 4). Mariko Hill faced the first ball and got a single,  Shanzeen Shahzad face the second ball and had a big swing at the ball but missed. On the third ball Shanzeen Shahzad managed to get bat on ball and getting past third man and going for 4 runs. With Hong Kong needing only 1 more run to win the game Shanzeen hit a four to see Hong Kong through their first win of the game.


After a nail biting finish the girls were all very happy but also realised that they would need to step up seen as the amount of extra’s bowled was 34. The team will have a 2 day rest and will face Tanzania for their final game on the 13th of March.