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Day 7 Wrap: Indonesia make history with first World Cup win; Scotland bow out on a high

The seventh day of the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 belonged to Indonesia and Scotland, as the two teams secured superb victories in their final matches of the tournament against Zimbabwe and USA respectively.

WORLD CUP FIRST FOR INCREDIBLE INDONESIA

MATCH CENTRE AND SCORECARD

Toss: Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat first

Result: Indonesia won by 3 wickets

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ZIM v INA | Match Highlights | U19 Women's T20WC

Indonesia secured a famous win in Benoni, beating Zimbabwe to register the country’s first-ever victory at an ICC global tournament.

The Asian side got off to a flier after being asked to bowl first, as captain Ni Luh Dewi bowled both of the Zimbabwe openers for golden ducks in the first three balls of the innings.

And the skipper picked up a third wicket in her second over to leave the score at 8/3 and with Indonesia well on top.

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Ni Luh Ketut Wesika Ratna Dewi's five-wicket haul | U19 Women's T20WC
Ni Luh Ketut Wesika Ratna Dewi's five-wicket haul | U19 Women's T20WC

Zimbabwe hunkered down to try and set some sort of a platform, and it somewhat reaped rewards later in the innings despite none of the top six scoring more than 13.

Tawana Marumani and Danielle Meikle were the players to build on the platform down the order, with both scoring 20 from 19 balls to lift their side to 86/8 from the 20 overs and something to work with.

That total could have been slightly higher were it not for the outstanding Dewi, who came back to remove both of the set batters and complete the tournament’s first five-wicket-haul.

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Indonesia are a team full of confidence and has the help of New Zealand's Frankie Mackay at the U19 Women's T20 World Cup.

Early wickets were also a feature of the chase, with three back in the hutch with just 23 runs on the board in the opening four overs as Kelis Ndhlovu (who finished with 3/8 from four overs) produced some magic with the ball.

Dewi’s 14 from 13 did provide some early impetus, and a 31-run partnership between Thersiana Weo and Gusti Ulansari moved Indonesia close to a famous win.

But Zimbabwe threatened to come back in the see-saw encounter when Chipo Moyo (3/12) took two wickets in an over to give her side hope.

However, Indonesia’s number eight and nine got them over the line, with Ni Indriyani unbeaten on 9* from 11 and Ni Suarniasih scoring the winning run in her run-a-ball 12*.

FRASER INSPIRES FAMOUS SCOTLAND WIN

MATCH CENTRE AND SCORECARD

Toss: USA chose to bat

Result: Scotland won by five wickets

A thrilling finish saw Scotland take the spoils against USA in the two teams’ final match at the tournament, securing a narrow win in the final over thanks in large part to a superb half-century from Katherine Fraser. 

On a decent batting strip, USA openers took little time to open up after winning the toss, adding 37 runs during the powerplay overs. They doubled down on their aggression thereafter, scoring 38 runs off the next 4.3 overs, before Disha Dhingra (30 from 33) was brilliantly caught down the leg-side by keeper Ailsa Lister. 

Her opening partner, Laasaya Mullapudi (43 from 33) fell in the very next over while trying to up the scoring rate. After getting rid of the openers, Scotland reaped the rewards of some disciplined bowling, with Nayma Sheikh (1/19), Orla Montgomery (2/29) and Fraser (3/23) among the wickets. 

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Scotland hold nerves to overcome USA | U19 Women's T20WC

Set a target of 148, Scotland went all guns blazing. Despite losing Lister (9 from 6) to a stunning catch from Tya Gonsalves and Darcey Carter (15 from 15) to a stumping, both off the wily Aditiba Chudasama (2/20), Scotland reached 42/2 at the end of their powerplay overs. 

Neither side were able to assert their dominance during the middle overs, as every charge by Scotland was matched by a flurry of dots from the bowlers.

But a 68-run partnership between the exceptional Fraser (59 from 47) and Emily Tucker (15 from 17) got the batting side within 18 runs of the target when Tucker fell at the back end of the 18th over.

The momentum of the match swung in Scotland’s favour when Fraser was dropped off consecutive balls in the 19th over, only for USA to secure the big breakthrough at the third time of asking, snaffling the player of the match Fraser off the last ball of the penultimate over. 

Scotland required eight to win off the final over with two fresh batters at the crease, but held their nerve as the pressure grew, with a four from Molly Paton securing the win for Scotland with five wickets and two balls remaining.