Favourites Australia have taken their third victory in the group stages of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World T20 and secure their place in the next round as Pakistan finally ended their quest for a win.
Three-time champions Australia have qualified for the semi-finals after scoring a maximum six points from their first three games.
Their third consecutive win in the tournament came as they defeated New Zealand at the Guyana National Stadium by 33 runs.
Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney scored a 71-run partnership helping Australia set a target of 153 for seven.
As New Zealand took to the stumps, they lost three wickets for 13 runs in the opening stages – a deficit they could not overcome.
All out for 120 means the White Ferns have now lost both of their opening matches.
In contrast, Australia have won all three group stage matches to top Group B with Healy leading the way with the bat and three consecutive Player of the Match performances.
The Guyana Stadium also saw Pakistan pick up their first win of the tournament by 38 runs over Ireland.
An inspiring captain’s performance by Javeria Khan on 74 not out aided the Pakistan team to two points.
Khan facilitated three partnerships in front of the stumps as Pakistan registered their highest score in the ICC Women’s World T20 competition with 139 for six.
"It was a crucial match for us to win, so we put in all our efforts" – Nashra Sandhu after Pakistan won their #WT20 game against Ireland.#PAKvIRE REACTION ⬇️https://t.co/iRq0nBDH3e pic.twitter.com/Uj1swvWsea— ICC World Twenty20 (@WorldT20) November 14, 2018
Lucy O’Reilly took three late wickets for Ireland to stop the tide of runs but the damage was already done.
Only two of the Irish batters then got into double figures, leaving Ireland on 101 for nine.
Isobel Joyce was the top scorer on 30 runs with Claire Shillington managing 27.
The Pakistan spinners undid Ireland taking seven of the nine wickets.
Although they sit third in Group B, Pakistan’s win is crucial for their bid to automatically qualify for the 2020 ICC Women’s World T20.
The final match saw South Africa win by seven wickets over Sri Lanka at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Saint Lucia.
After sharing the points with England after the game was abandoned due to rain, Sri Lanka are still looking for their maiden win in the tournament.
South Africa chose to bowl first and held Sri Lanka to a stunted start on five for two.
Shashikala Siriwardene took 21 runs before being bowled by Tumi Sekhukhune to help Sri Lanka post a target of 99 for eight.
South Africa made a poor start to their chase of 100 runs as they lost two wickets for six runs.
A 67-run partnership between Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp aided the victory, leaving South Africa on 102 for three.