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Net run rate could play a part with Australia and South Africa best placed

England’s 26-run win against Sri Lanka has pretty much confirmed not just their qualification, but also their topping of Group 1, while Sri Lanka are on the brink of elimination. Here is a look at where the teams stand with five matches left in the group.

England
Played: 4, Points: 8, NRR: 3.183, Remaining match: vs South Africa

Not only have England won all four matches, they have also done so convincingly, racking up a net run rate of 3.183. That means the two other teams who can reach eight points – South Africa and Australia – will need huge wins to get anywhere near England’s mark. How huge, you ask? Here is a sample: if South Africa beat Bangladesh by 70 runs and England by 71 (after scoring 160 each time), they will sneak ahead of England. For Australia, the task is even more onerous: even if they win the last two games by a total margin of 140 runs, they will still need England to lose their last game by around 100. It’s thus fairly safe to presume at this stage that England will top the group.

Sri Lanka
Played: 4, Points: 2, NRR: -0.590, Remaining match: vs West Indies

With only one match to go, four points is the maximum Sri Lanka can achieve. For that to suffice, they will have to hope that South Africa and Australia lose their two remaining matches, which will mean five teams finishing on four points each. A big win against West Indies will then lift their NRR – if they score 160 and win by 50 runs, it will improve to 0.047. If South Africa lose their last two, their NRR – currently 0.210 – can easily slip below Sri Lanka’s. It might then be possible that Sri Lanka’s NRR is the best among the five teams. However, if any one of those results don’t go as Sri Lanka would want it to, they will be out.

South Africa
Played: 3, Points: 4, NRR: 0.210, Remaining matches: vs Bangladesh, England

South Africa have won two and lost one, and one of their remaining games is against the form team of their group. If they beat Bangladesh and lose to England, they will be at the mercy of other results as Australia can finish on eight points if they win their last two. Their NRR of 0.210 is significantly better than Australia’s -0.627 and West Indies’ -1.598, though, and that will help their cause should either or both of those teams finish on six points along with South Africa.

Australia
Played: 3, Points: 4, NRR: -0.627, Remaining matches: vs Bangladesh, West Indies

Australia’s poor NRR could hurt them if it comes down to that factor against South Africa. Their best-case scenario is to win both their remaining games, and then hope that South Africa lose at least one. If Australia lose one, they would want South Africa to lose both and stay on four points.

West Indies
Played: 3, Points: 2, NRR: -1.598, Remaining matches: vs Sri Lanka, Australia

West Indies’ NRR is the worst among the six teams in Group 1, so they will not want any scenarios where run rates come into play (unless they achieve huge wins in their last two games). Their best-case scenario would be if Australia and South Africa lost their two remaining matches and stayed on four points. Then, West Indies can qualify with six points if they win their two remaining matches.

Bangladesh
Played: 3, Points: 0, NRR: -1.069, Remaining matches: vs South Africa, Australia

As mentioned earlier, it is possible for five teams to finish on four points each. Bangladesh’s problem, though, is also their poor NRR, which they will have to lift to have any chance of fighting for the second spot in the group.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats



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Recent Match Report – West Aust vs Tasmania 12th Match 2021/22

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Having been behind for large parts of the match, the home chased over 300 for victory

Tasmania 317 (Jewell 102, Richardson 4-53) and 6 for 318 (Silk 83*, Jewell 60) beat Western Australia 9 for 405 dec (Whiteman 176*) and 7 for 226 dec (Green 54) by four wickets

Skipper Jordan Silk guided Tasmania to a Sheffield Shield victory over Western Australia in the shadows of stumps on the final day in Hobart.

Silk was unbeaten on 83 as the home side reached their target of 315 with four wickets to spare on Wednesday after WA held the upper hand for the majority of the game.

The 29-year-old, who also scored a crucial 73 in Tasmania’s first innings batting with the tail, hit consecutive boundaries to secure his side’s second win of the season.

WA captain Sam Whiteman declared at 7 for 226 halfway through the morning session to set up the match.

Caleb Jewell (60) and Tim Ward (42) got Tasmania off to a swift start with a century stand but the chase hit a hurdle when in-form Ashes hopeful Jhye Richardson struck two blows. Richardson, who took 4-53 in the first innings to further push his Test aspirations, removed Charlie Wakim and Jake Doran in quick succession.

WA dropped several catches throughout the match, including when wicketkeeper Josh Philippe grassed Ward off Test allrounder Cameron Green before lunch.

Silk, who channelled his short-form expertise and was lightning between the wickets, combined with No.8 Lawrence Neil-Smith to get the Tigers home.

WA were a bowler down on the final day after quick Lance Morris suffered a side strain on day two. Resuming the day at 4-170, WA went after quick runs with Green adding just two to his overnight score before being bowled by second-gamer Brad Hope.

Green got nine overs under his belt and trapped Hope lbw, as he eyes the first Ashes Test against England on December 8.

WA remain top of the Shield ladder with two wins from five matches, while Tasmania jumped to second.



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WBBL 2021-22 – Harmanpreet Kaur hopeful of WIPL after winning WBBL player of the year

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Phoebe Litchfield was named WBBL ‘Young Gun’ as the best player under the age of 21

Harmanpreet Kaur is hopeful a women’s IPL can be established sooner rather than later, after she created history becoming the first Indian to be named WBBL player of the tournament following a stunning season for Melbourne Renegades.

The India T20I captain made 399 runs for the tournament at an average of 66.50 and strike-rate of 135.25, including three match-winning half-centuries. In addition to being Renegades’ leading run-scorer, she was also their leading wicket-taker bagging 15 wickets at an economy rate of 7.46, bowling a lot of vital powerplay and death overs.

She was Player of the Match three times and polled 31 votes, under a 3-2-1 voting system that is voted on by the standing umpires after each match. She finished three votes clear of Perth Scorchers duo Beth Mooney and Sophie Devine.

Harmanpreet becomes the third overseas player to be named the WBBL’s player of the tournament after New Zealand duo Devine (twice) and Amy Satterthwaite. She hoped it was another stepping stone towards the establishment of the women’s IPL in the short-term future.

“I think we have been looking at this for a long time and I hope, you know, sooner this women’s IPL will also start and we will also invite overseas players over there so that they can also share their experience with our domestic players,” Harmanpreet said. “I think this is something we are really waiting for and I hope, you know, this will start.

“Performance is something which is in our hands and that’s what we have been doing and the rest of the things are totally dependent on BCCI and the cricket board.

“We can’t do something extra on that but we can only request and that’s what we have done, you know, for many years.

“They know better than us. They know when to do it and how to start and they are also thinking about that and I’m sure, you know, they will definitely come up with something for women’s cricket.”

Harmanpreet has been breaking ground for Indian women’s cricket ever since becoming the first Indian to play in both the WBBL and the Super League in England. She is hoping to inspire the next generation of players with her deeds in the WBBL.

“Playing any tournament will give you lots of confidence and WBBL is something, you know, it’s a very, very big platform back home,” Harmanpreet said. “Every Indian wants to play in this league and I was the first one who got this opportunity to play and today, you know, winning this player of the tournament definitely gives lots of confidence to Indian girls also. They can also come here and perform and, you know, be part of this and then there are all the chances to achieve a lot in their cricket career.”

Harmanpreet paid tribute to Renegades teammate Jemimah Rodrigues and coach Simon Helmet for their support throughout the tournament.

“I think that is the reason I was more calm,” Harmanpreet said. “I was enjoying [playing] more because you know I had a teammate from back home and I really, really enjoyed her company.

“Simon is a very, very nice human and is a great, great coach. I was lucky, you know, I played under him and I learned a lot from him and I think when I go back, I will definitely share his working skills with our coaches and definitely share this experience with my teammates.”

Harmanpreet knows the job is not done as the Renegades wait to face the winner of Tuesday’s Eliminator between Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers in tomorrow night’s Challenger. If they win the Challenger they will fly to Perth to face Scorchers in the final on Saturday. Harmanpreet didn’t bat in the last match against Heat but is fit for the Challenger.

“I was not feeling well that day,” Harmanpreet said. “But luckily I’ve got four or five days off now and feeling much better now and I’m ready to go.

“I have never [won] any title like this so far. And if we win, that will be a very great achievement for me.”

Meanwhile, Phoebe Litchfield was named WBBL ‘Young Gun’ as the best player under the age of 21. The award is selected by Australia’s national selection panel.

The 18-year-old Sydney Thunder batter made 263 runs at 21.91, striking at 109.12.

“It means a lot to be recognised with this award,” Litchfield said. “It’s a surprise, to be honest. I could think of a number of other young players who would be deserving of this award, which is really exciting for the future.

“Batting at No. 3 was a challenge but also a great opportunity. I was very privileged that Trevor Griffin trusted me with that spot and I hope I made the most of it.”

Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo



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