China and Japan lose on day three in China
The women's cricket tournament at the Asian Games is looking to be a straight fight between Bangladesh and Pakistan after both teams reached the semi-finals today with wins over Japan and China.
The first match of the day saw the hosts take on Pakistan. Batting first, they could only manage 60-5 from their 20 overs, only two batsmen reaching double figures. Pakistan only lost one wicket as they reached their target in 12.2 overs, Javeria Khan hitting the winning runs with a boundary.
Bangladesh's win over Japan was also a comprehensive one. They batted first and were cruising at 90-2 before Japan pegged them back with some improved bowling, restricting them to 111-8 from their 20 overs. Kurumi Ota bowled well to take 3-16 from her four overs.
Japan started their run chase with an opening partnership of 33, but they were never scoring quickly enough, and they were the only two to make double figures as they were kept to 57-8 from their 20 overs to lose by 54 runs. Suktara was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers with 3-6 from her four overs.
The tournament isn't over yet for China and Japan though as on Wednesday they will play the winners of Tuesday's matches for the last two semi-final places. China will play the winner of the match between Malaysia and Thailand, whilst Japan will play the winner of the match between Nepal and Hong Kong. The semi-finals will take place on Thursday.