Colombo: Ekta Bisht takes a hat-trick in India win while an all-round effort sees South Africa beat Pakistan in the women's World T20 in Sri Lanka. Both teams have now qualified for the World T20 in 2014.
South Africa and India couldn't qualify for the semifinals in Sri Lank, but assured a berth in the 2014 edition
South Africa secured an automatic qualification place in the World T20 2014 after a dramatic five wicket win over Pakistan in a low scoring contest in Colombo on Wednesday. Despite chasing a meager 88 to win, South Africa managed to secure victory with just one ball of the game remaining at the Moors Cricket Ground.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Pakistan struggled to find any form on a slow wicket, with only Bismah Maroof making double figures in an invaluable innings of 32 at the Moors Cricket Ground in Colombo.
In the second play-off match on Wednesday, India also qualified for the Women's World Twenty20 2014 after beating host Sri Lanka by nine wickets.
After opting to bat first, Sri Lanka posted 100 for eight in its 20 overs. Sri Lanka was well served by a 42-run third wicket stand between Chamari Atapattu (28) and skipper Shashikala Siriwardena (23). But thereafter the innings lost momentum, and Sri Lanka lost four wickets off four balls in the final over of the innings. Ekta Bisht picked up the wickets of Dilani Manodara, Yasoda Mendis and Eshani Kaushalya to get a hat-trick, while also effecting two run outs.
Bisht, with figures of three for 16 was the best bowler on view for India.
In its reply, India chased down the target with 32 balls and nine wickets to spare. Openers Sulakshna Naik and Poonam Raut added 38 runs in four overs. Thereafter Raut, who was unbeaten on 45 off 40 balls with five boundaries added an unbroken 64 runs for the second wicket with skipper Mithali Raj to lead the side to a win.