China and Japan through to semi-finals
After what has been some pretty mediocre cricket so far, the tournament got a touch more exciting today with a close match and one in which the batting team managed to bat 20 overs and score at more than a run a ball for the first time, in addition to the tournament's first fifty.
The first match of the day saw hosts China take on Thailand. China batted first and made a low 93-6 from their 20 overs, Sun Huan top scoring with 37, one of only two players to reach double figures.
Thailand looked to be doing well in their run chase. After losing Siwaporn Kosathong with just one run on the board the second wicket put on 58 before captain Somnarin Tippoch was out for 11. Pundarika Prathanmitr stayed in to make 46 before she was out with the score on 77.
The match was going down to the wire. The Chinese fans in the audience no longer needed to be told when to cheer, understanding that a dot ball was good for China. Fifteen runs were needed from the last three overs. Three runs taken from the 18th over left Thailand on the back foot.
A single and a dot from the first two balls of the 19th over before Nattakan Chantham hit the ball for four. She was caught behind from the next ball, and two more runs were taken from the last two balls. So the last over, and six runs needed.
The over started with a dot ball, followed by two singles. Four needed from three. Naruemol Chaiwai came down the pitch to the next ball but was beaten by the turn and bowled. Two runs taken from the penultimate ball, leaving two runs needed from the last. All results possible, but only one could happen and Wu Juan bowled a dot to give China a one run win and send them to the semi-finals.
The second match of the day saw Japan play Nepal, the team they beat on the opening day.
Japan batted well in their innings with the opening pair putting on 88 before Mariko Yamamoto was stumped for 41. Ema Kuribayashi stayed in longer, hitting what was only the second six in the tournament. She was eventually out for 63, the first fifty of the tournament.
The final total for Japan was 135-4, a challenging run chase for Nepal. They lost their first three wickets for just 15 runs before a partnership of 54 between Nary Thapa and Neera Rajopadhyay. They were the only two to make double figures though, and Nepal were restricted to 90-9 from their 20 overs, losing by 45 runs.
The semi-finals will take place tomorrow. The hosts will play Bangladesh whilst Japan will take on Pakistan. Previous form suggests that the full members will win and reach the gold medal game, but China and Japan will head into the games in confident mood. An upset can't be completely ruled out.