Australia Women sealed their spot in the semi-final with a close win against New Zealand Women in the virtual quarter-final game. Australia, who batted first, finished with 155/5 thanks to a 60-run knock from Beth Mooney.
New Zealand finished with only 151/7 despite Katey Martin’s unbeaten 18-ball 37 towards the end. Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka Women ended their campaign with a comfortable victory against Bangladesh Women. Shashikala Siriwardene starred with a 4-wicket haul in her career’s last International match.
All the statistical highlights from the last set of matches in Group A played on Monday:
1 – Australia is the only side to qualify for the semi-finals in all the seven editions of the Women’s World Cup. The inaugural 2009 edition is the only time they failed to reach the final across the previous six tournaments.
4/16 – Shashikala Siriwardene, in her career’s last match, recorded figures of 4/16. She thus became the first player to claim a 4-wicket haul in career’s last T20I game across Men’s and Women’s cricket.
These are also the best bowling figures for Sri Lanka in Women’s T20 CWC surpassing Eshani Lokusuriyage’s 4/18 against England in the 2009 edition.
12 – Bangladesh lost all the 12 matches they played in the Women’s T20 World Cup since the start of 2016. This is the 2nd longest streak for any team in the history of T20 World Cup across Men’s and Women’s cricket. Ireland Women lost all 13 matches they played till date in the T20 CWC.
13 – The win against Bangladesh Women brought an end to Sri Lanka Women’s 13-match losing streak in T20Is. Only three losing streaks in Women’s T20I cricket are as long as Sri Lanka’s 13-match streak – 15 by Bangladesh (2012-2014), 15 by Bangladesh (2015-2018) and Ireland (2014-2015). Sri Lanka Women’s last T20I win came during 2018 WT20 also against Bangladesh.
20y 0d – Nahida Akter, on her 20th birthday, became the youngest player in Women’s T20I cricket to claim 50 wickets. She completed 50 wickets in T20Is with the wicket of Chamari Atapattu. Nahida broke the record held by Sophie Ecclestone (20 years and 300 days).
The England spinner created the record on Sunday only. Across Men’s and Women’s cricket, only Rashid Khan (19y 256d) was younger than Nahida at the time of reaching 50 T20I wickets.
201 – Shashikala Siriwardene completed 200 wickets in International cricket with 3rd wicket she picked in this match. She is now the first player from Sri Lanka with 200 wickets in International cricket.
1567 – Sophie Devine ended the 2019-20 season with a total of 1567 runs across 33 innings in the Twenty20 format. She scored two centuries and 15 fifties across 33 innings at an average of 68.13 and a strike rate of 140.66.
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