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ICC Women’s T20 WC EAP Qualifier: Vanuatu topple favourites as Indonesia present energy earlier than a ball is bowled

Port Vila [Vanuatu], September 3 (ANI): The first two days of the East Asia Pacific Qualifier for ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2024 in Vanuatu has already seen a full event’s value of drama.

While Indonesia has been compelled to look at the event from the skin because of unexpected circumstances, motion on the sector has additionally made headlines, with Vanuatu turning the event upside-down on day one with a win over favourites Papua New Guinea.

With a spot at subsequent yr’s Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier up for grabs, there’s a lot at stake for the seven groups turning out in Port Vila.

-Vanuatu topple scorching favourites PNG in 11-year first, Japan begin with two winsTaking no discover of holding a girls’s T20I rating 26 spots under their opponents, Vanuatu closed out victory over the Lewas in an expert efficiency, and at the moment are within the driver’s seat to take Qualifier honours.

Despite opting to bat, Papua New Guinea’s prime order was stored quiet, shedding each openers for underneath double figures, and with star quantity three Tanya Ruma stifled in a 45-ball knock of 28.

Selina Solman’s 2/19 led the way in which for Vanuatu with the ball, and she or he backed her personal efforts with a relaxed 38 to make sure a five-wicket win to ship shock waves by means of the Pacific.

Japan in the meantime have been snug winners in each matches of their marketing campaign, and thus far look to be the hosts’ greatest risk in claiming the solitary Global Qualifier spot.

Mai Yanagida’s aspect comfortably defended 125 in opposition to the Cook Islands on day one, earlier than a 48-run win over Samoa to begin two from two.

Opener Erika Oda has led the way in which with the bat, making 48 (44) and 46 (28) within the two matches so far, backed up by a powerful collective bowling effort from the five-pronged assault. Erika Toguchi-Quinn’s leg-spin will probably show to be a relentless risk, along with her 2/23 in opposition to Samoa a specific present of management.

-Indonesia present unbelievable resilience earlier than taking the sector Indonesia is but to bowl a ball two days into the event, although their spirit and aggressive virtues have already been proven on the way in which to Vanuatu.

Cancellations for a connecting flight in Melbourne curtailed their journey to Port Vila, and the aspect was compelled to remain within the Australian metropolis for nearly two days earlier than a visit was confirmed on early Saturday morning, arriving within the nation early on matchday two.

The snag compelled a change within the event schedule, and to make up their fixtures, the aspect has now agreed to play six matches throughout 4 matchdays, together with two doubleheaders.

With Indonesia now settled in Vanuatu, ICC East Asia-Pacific Regional Development Manager Rob Gomm praised the aspect’s persistence and dedication forward of their marketing campaign.

“The whole tournament is thrilled to have Indonesia in Vanuatu and that we can still fit all their matches in,” mentioned Gomm as quoted by ICC.

“It speaks to the resilience of Associate cricket where a team can spend almost four days in transit and still want to play six matches across four match days,” he added.

Indonesia tackle the Cook Islands of their first match on Monday afternoon, earlier than matches in opposition to Fiji and Samoa in Tuesday motion.

-Faimalo debut five-for turns headsNineteen-year-old Teinemane Faimalo had a global debut to recollect, turning into the primary girls’s bowler to take a T20I five-wicket haul for Samoa on day one of many event.

The right-arm completed with 5/8 off three overs, hitting the stumps for all 5 dismissals and forcing a Fijian collapse from 86/1 to 98/7.

The sixth bowler deployed by captain Taofi Lafai, Faimalo broke a 67-run partnership by eradicating the damaging Ruci Muriyalo (29), earlier than beating Fiji captain Ilisapeci Waqavakatoga (43) quickly after. Ateca Kainoco (1), Ana Gonerara (0) and Karalaini Vakuruivalu (0) additionally had no reply for the seamer.

It consigned Fiji to only 98/7 from their 20 overs, although Samoa fell quick of their reply, bowled out for 80. (ANI)