The two pre-tournament favourites, Bangladesh and Hong Kong, continued the march to their almost inevitable meeting in the final as they both recorded wins today over Singapore and Thailand respectively.
Bangladeshi players celebrate their win over
Bangladesh's bowlers again showed themselves to be the best in the tournament, as they restricted Singapore to just 26/8 from their 30 overs, only bowling two wides, a remarkable acheivement in women's cricket which has regularly seen teams bowling upwards of 30 wides in an innings recently.
The Bangladeshi bowlers sent down an amazing nineteen maiden overs, with T. Rani the pick of them with 3/11.
The Bangladeshi batting line-up was again not tested, as they reached their target in the eight over without loosing a wicket.
The lack of a decent test for the Bangladeshi batting order could well be their problem later in the tournament. Their players need to get time in the middle before they face stiffer opposition. Nevertheless, this is another impressive performance from Bangladeshi bowlers, and they will hope that their batters can play as well.
Bangladesh beat Singapore by 10 wickets
Johor Cricket Academy, Malaysia
Singapore: 26/8 (30 overs, T Rani 3/11)
Bangladesh: 27/0 (7.3 overs)
Neisha Pratt and Keenu Gill walk off
after securing the win for Hong Kong.
In today's other match between Hong Kong and Thailand, the match again went the way of the favourites.
Hong Kong's captain Neisha Pratt won the toss and inserted Thailand under cloudy conditions. The Hong Kong bowlers did not take advantage of the conditions however, and Thailand only lost one wicket for 28 runs just before the drinks break.
At that point, Chan Sar Hau removed Thai opener Arisa and the collapse started. Nine Thailand wickets then fell for just 12 runs in the following twelve overs, 15 year old Godiva Li taking three wickets with three yorkers.
Hoping for an easy run chase, regular Hong Kong opener opted for a rest and did not open the innings, but had to scramble into her playing kit when some early wickets fell. She saw her team to their target along with Keenu Gill for a six wicket win inside 10 overs.
Hong Kong beat Thailand by 6 wickets
Johor Baru, Malaysia
Thailand: 40 (26.2 overs, G Li 3/7)
Hong Kong: 41/4 (9.4 overs)