Malaysia has defeated Hong Kong in the second semi-final of the ACC Women’s T20 Championship to book their seat in the upcoming Women’s Asia Cup. The host nation stunned Hong Kong by 12 runs to cruise through to the final.
Invited to bat first at Kinnara Academy Oval, Malaysia posted a decent total of 86 runs in the allotted 11 overs after the rain halted. Skipper Winifred Duraisingam yielded a fine start for Malaysia scoring 26 runs whilst Mas Elysa scored an electrifying 33 runs as Malaysia finished 11 overs on 86/4.
Maryam Bibi picked up a couple of wickets for Hong Kong whereas skipper Kary Chan grabbed one wicket.
In reply, Hong Kong felt 12 runs short despite a cracking start from Kary Chan and Mariko Hill. Kary scored 19 from 10 balls whereas Mariko added 12 runs. Nothing special from other batters saw Hong Kong finish their 11 overs on 74/8.
Sasha Azmi and Nik Nur Atiela grabbed a couple of wickets for Malaysia. Similarly, skipper Winifred also pocketed one wicket.
Malaysia will now face the UAE in the final at Kinnara Academy Oval on 25th. UAE booked the spot in the final after the first semi-final match was called off in the second inning due to the rain.
UAE topped Group A whereas their opponent Nepal were runner-up from Group B.