China's Hu Ting Ting with heavy
Day Four of the ACC Women's Tournament in Malaysia has seen the hosts tie with Nepal in a close match, whilst China secured their semi-final spot with a win over the UAE.
The UAE won the toss and, bravely when one considers their dreadful performance with the bat against Bangladesh, chose to bat first.
Scoring runs wasn't a problem, as the Chinese bowlers saw to that, sending down a succession of wides, eventually giving up 37 runs in extras. Their fielding was much better, with three run outs, leading to six UAE batters scoring ducks.
China took three wickets in three balls in the ninth over, and looked to have the UAE well on the back foot. But some loose bowling enabled the UAE to fight back, eventually being dismissed in the final over for 51.
When China batted, they lost three wickets quickly, leading to the possibility of an upset. But a 31 run partnership between Hu Ting Ting and Duan Qiong took them to their target from 14 overs.
Hu Ting Ting's performance was an incredible one given the amount of strapping on her left knee (pictured) after straining a ligament during training. She was playing against doctor's advice, but fought against the pain to help win the game for her team.
China will now face Hong Kong in the semi-finals, unless they can get an upset win over Bangladesh tomorrow.
China beat UAE by 7 wickets
Johor Cricket Academy, Malaysia
UAE: 51 (29.2 overs)
China: 52/3 (14 overs)
The captains of Nepal
Today's other match between Nepal and Malaysia was very much a thriller of a match, with an incredibly tight finish.
Malaysia opted to bat first, and steadily scored their runs, eventually reaching 73/9 from their 30 overs. Neera Rajaopadhya was the pick of the Nepali bowlers, taking four wickets for just eight runs. Nepal's openers then stayed in for the first ten overs, reaching 29 before Manisha Rawai was bowled.
Rain then held up play for two hours, and Malaysia came back after the break firing. They had reduced Nepal to 52/8 at the end of the 20th over. The ninth wicket pair of Rajaopadhya and Sita Mager then blocked and blocked, taking singles whenever they could. The pressure got to Malaysian off-spinner Rewina Mohammed, who sent down six wides in the 24th over.
At the end of the 27th over, Nepal were on 70/8. Malaysia's captain Arina Rahim bowled the 28th over, conceding two runs, leaving Nepal needing two runs from two overs with two wickets in hand. Alessanda Shunmugam bowled the 29th over with her left-arm spin.
With the fielders all close in trying to stop the single, the 29th over got off to the worst possible start for Malaysia when the first ball was a wide. Rajaopadhya came down the wicket to the next ball and was smartly stumped. Number 11 Keshari Chaudhari came in to bat, the tension etched on her face. Her first ball was a dot ball, before she went for a huge pull, which she sliced into the hands of Zoe Landry at point, tieing the game.
An exciting finish, which confirms Hong Kong's place in the semi final along with China and Bangladesh. Nepal will need to beat Hong Kong tomorrow to secure their place in the semis. If they lose, Malaysia can reach the semis with a big win over Thailand on Monday.
Malaysia tied with Nepal
Johor Baru, Malaysia
Malaysia: 73/9 (30 overs, N Rajaopadhya 4/8, N Thapa 3/10)
Nepal: 73 all out (28.3 overs, A Ali 3/15)