Day 4 of the Women’s World T20 saw both England and South Africa record comfortable victories over Bangladesh and Sri Lanka respectively.
In the first match in St. Lucia, England beat Bangladesh by seven wickets under the Duckworth-Lewis method in another rain affected match.
Despite the torrential rain on the ground which had caused England’s first match against Sri Lanka to be abandoned without a ball being bowled, and which prompted calls for the ICC to switch matches to Antigua, the game started on time. However, the boundary ropes were moved into a minimum distance of 55 yards because of a wet outfield, and the pitch was heavily sawdusted.
Put into bat in this Women’s World T20 game, Bangladesh soon found themselves in trouble against the English seamers and were 3 – 2 in the third over. Ayasha Rahman took advantage of the shortened boundaries to hit 3 sixes and 2 fours in her 39, but lacked real support – only Rumana Ahmed and Jahanara Alam of the other batsmen made it into double figures. In the end, Bangladesh were restricted to 76 – 9, whilst England spinner, teenager Kirstie Gordon, enjoyed a dream debut, taking 3 for 16.
The England reply got off to a terrible start with Danni Wyatt out first ball, and then when Tammy Beaumont fell cheaply, they were struggling. However, Amy Jones and Natalie Sciver got their innings back on track, and they were well ahead of the asking rate when Sciver was stumped for 23. Drizzle forced the players off the pitch, reducing the required England total under the D/L method, and they soon reached their target on the resumption of play, with Jones undefeated on 28.
Meanwhile in Gros Islet, also in St. Lucia, South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the second match. Put into bat, the Sri Lankans struggled from the start and were already 26 – 3 by the end of the 8th over. Sashikala Siriwardena offered some brief resistance, but only Nilashki de Silva and Dilani Manodora of her team mates made it into double figures as the innings closed on a disappointing 99 – 8.
South Africa made a poor start of their run chase losing both openers in successive balls early, but Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk calmed nerves with a stand of 67. Kapp departed for 38, but van Niekerk and Mignon du Preez saw their side home to a comfortable victory.