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Four teams set for Winner-Takes-All Super Sunday in the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier

The 2024 Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier reaches its climax with Ireland taking on Scotland and Sri Lanka and taking on the UAE in two winner-take-all battles on Sunday, May 5.

The two-week event, held in Abu Dhabi, features ten teams, two of which will play at the Women’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh later this year. Bangladesh have qualified as hosts while Australia, England, India, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand made the top six teams at the 2023 T20 Women’s World Cup, while Pakistan qualified by virtue of ranking higher than Sri Lanka at the 2023 World Cup. the limit value of February 2023.

In the UAE, two groups of five will compete to join those eight, with the top two from each advancing to two semi-finals. While the winners of those competitions compete in a final, where two places can be won, it is the semi-finals that really matter.

Sri Lanka’s group, along with Scotland, also included Thailand, Uganda and the US. Sri Lanka were pre-tournament favorites to win the event, and have justified that title with dominant bowling displays against Thailand, Scotland and Uganda, with each side bowling 55, 94 and 87 respectively. USA pushed the Full Member side closer and came within 18 runs of their 123-4.

Second place in that group always seemed to come down to a shootout between Scotland and Thailand. Scotland have never competed in a Women’s World Cup in any form, but made the last four in both the 2015 and 2018 Women’s World Cup qualifiers. Thailand, one of the fastest advancing teams in the world in cricket, stunned Ireland in the 2019 qualifier, before acquitting themselves well in the 2020 event, taking 150-3 in 20 overs against Pakistan before rain washed out the match.

They each defeated Uganda and the US to set up what was effectively a quarter-final tie. Scotland restricted Thailand to 99-5, with an unbeaten 58-ball 63 from talismanic captain Kathryn Bryce seeing her side home.

In the other group, Ireland, like Sri Lanka, have justified their title as favorites to progress. They have qualified for three of the last four T20 World Cups and progressed through Group B with four wins from four without much fear. Among them, however, was a bun battle for second place, with all teams seeming capable of beating anyone.

Vanuatu’s moment to enjoy

Although Vanuatu ultimately finished last, it was the story of the competition. With a population of just 300,000 and having had to crowdfund for equipment in the run-up, they stunned Full Member Zimbabwe on the opening day, limiting the African side to 61 before withdrawing. While they couldn’t add anything to that win, it did give them a moment to enjoy.

Elsewhere, Zimbabwe defeated the UAE, who themselves defeated the Netherlands, while the Netherlands defeated Zimbabwe. As a result, the Netherlands needed a win over Ireland to progress, while the net run rate would otherwise count against them. That didn’t work and the UAE took second place.

The UAE have never qualified for the Women’s T20 World Cup, and this is the first time they have reached the last four of qualifying. Sri Lanka will be big favorites for that match.

However, Ireland and Scotland share a sharp rivalry. The two sides shared a two-match T20I series in October 2023. Ireland will be favorites for that match, but Scotland will be hopeful of achieving the most seismic result in the history of their women’s cricket.

Their match will take place first at 11am GMT, while the UAE will play Sri Lanka at 3.30pm GMT.

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