West Indies women beat Pakistan women by just 3 runs in a low scoring thriller while New Zealand had a big win over a timid Sri Lanka in the other game .
In the 1st game at Paarl , West Indies batting first started well with a 33 run opening stand within power play. Heyley Mathews (20) and Rashidia Williams(30) had starts but could not convert to bigger scores and so was Campbell (22) but the lower order struggled against some tight Pakistan bowling led by Nida Dar (2/13) leading West Indies to finish at 116/6 in 20 overs .
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In reply Pakistan started poorly losing last match centurion Muneeba (5) cheaply as well as Amin (8). Maroof (26) and Nida Dar (27) had a 44 run stand but did not have the firepower to match the asking rate and also the bowling by West Indies was tight in the middle overs . Later Aliya Riaz managed a few lusty hits in her 23 bal 29 and with 18 required in the final 6 balls Riaz nearly took the team over the line but with 5 required in last 2 balls, she was bowled by Connell and West Indies despite fielding and bowling poorly towards the end , was relieved with a nervy 3 run win.
Heyley Mathews for her 2/14 and 20 runs was the player of the match.
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In the 2nd game , New Zealand thrashed hapless Sri Lanka by a big margin of 102 runs . Batting first New Zealand put up a formidable 162/1 with another electrifying start by Bernadine Bezuidenhout who smashed a 20 ball 32 . Suzie Bates once again piled on the runs scoring 56 and Amelia Kerr batted superbly scoring a sparkling 66 off 48 balls .
Sri Lanka needed a win to go through to the semis but they faltered badly in their chase and once Chamari Athapaththu (19) was dismissed , they totally lost their way and were all out for 60 in 17 overs with Amelia Kerr and Tahuhu getting 2 wickets each . Amelia Kerr was the player of the match .