The ICC 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier witnessed a great rivalry between the women’s cricket teams of the United States of America (USA) and Canada, which culminated in a thrilling victory for the USA Women by 25 runs. The game took place at Woodley Cricket Field on Sept. 7, 2023.
The United States of America Women’s team posted a commendable total of 133/6 in their allotted 20 overs, setting the stage for a captivating contest. The innings witnessed contributions from several players. Disha Dhingra provided a steady start, scoring 9 runs before being dismissed. Gargi Bhogle and Anika Kolan followed, contributing 24 and 20 runs, respectively. Bhogle’s knock was particularly valuable as she anchored the innings during the middle overs.
Sindhu Sriharsha, the captain and wicketkeeper, played a crucial role, scoring 24 runs. However, the standout performance came from Ritu Priya Singh, who played a breathtaking innings, smashing 37 runs off just 16 balls, which included 2 fours and 3 sixes. Her aggressive approach in the latter stages of the innings propelled the team’s score.
Despite losing six wickets, the USA Women managed to cross the 130-run mark, which showcased the depth and talent in their batting lineup.
Canada’s bowlers, though not able to prevent the USA Women from posting a competitive total, put in a commendable effort. Amarpal Kaur was the standout performer, claiming three crucial wickets. Vijayani Vithanage and Mannat Hundal chipped in with a wicket each. While the bowlers managed to slow down the scoring at times, Ritu Priya Singh’s onslaught in the final overs proved challenging to contain.
In response to a target of 134 runs, Canada had a challenging task ahead. Their innings got off to a decent start, with Danielle McGahey and Divya Saxena contributing 21 runs each. However, the required momentum was lacking, and the pressure of the mounting run rate began to tell.
The United States of America’s bowlers maintained a tight grip on the game, with Suhani Thadani, Aditi Chudasama, Isani Vaghela, and Ritu Priya Singh all picking up crucial wickets at regular intervals. Kainat Qazi showed resistance with a spirited 24 off 22 balls, but her efforts were not enough to alter the course of the match.
The United States emerged victorious by 25 runs, primarily due to their batting performance, led by Ritu Priya Singh’s explosive innings, and disciplined bowling efforts.