‘It’s time to step up’

UAE skip­per wants im­proved bat­ting per­for­mance against Nether­lands

Sport360 - - Cricket - By Den­zil Pinto @denz_360 den­zilpinto@sport360.com

UAE women’s cap­tain Hu­maira Tas­neem has chal­lenged her team­mates to take more re­spon­si­bil­ity with the bat if they want to beat Nether­lands again and end their World Twenty20 Qual­i­fier cam­paign on a high.

The UAE take on the hosts on Satur­day in the 7/8th place play-off with both sides play­ing for pride af­ter see­ing their qual­i­fi­ca­tion hopes ended in the group stage.

Tas­neem’s side come into the game on the back of a seven-wicket de­feat to Thai­land on Thurs­day in which they were bowled out for 50.

It was the third straight match that the UAE fared poorly with the bat af­ter scores of 39 and 83 against Bangladesh and Pa­pua New Guinea re­spec­tively.

But their six-wicket vic­tory against the Nether­lands a week ago when they chased 137 shows there’s strong tal­ent in the bat­ting depart­ment and Tas­neem wants to see that kind of per­for­mance in their fi­nal game.

“I think in the last three games, our bat­ting hasn’t been great,” said the spin­ner. “Not one of the bat­ters has taken re­spon­si­bil­ity and I hope we do it on Satur­day. Some­one has to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and play our shots and stay there and at least scor­ing a run a ball. I hope that hap­pens be­cause we need to im­prove as a team as a bat­ting unit.”

“The win against the Nether­lands will give us a lot con­fi­dence be­cause chased a to­tal in or­der to beat them. That was very im­por­tant for us and we started the tour­na­ment by win­ning against them and that is how we want to end it.

“We will play against Nether­lands in good spirit and want to try and win our last game here.”

The vic­tory against the Dutch put them in a strong po­si­tion of reach­ing the semi-fi­nals. A win against ei­ther Pa­pua New Guinea or Asian Twenty20 cham­pi­ons Bangladesh in the group would have sealed their spot in the last-four.

But they fell to a last-ball de­feat to Pa­pua New Guinea be­fore coming up short against Bangladesh as their dream of reach­ing their firstever World Twenty20 ended.

Ire­land and Bangladesh, who will meet in Satur­day’s fi­nal, will com­plete the line-up for Novem­ber’s show­piece event in the West Indies.

Tas­neem ad­mits things could have been dif­fer­ent if they scored big to­tals.

“We are up­set we didn’t reach the semis,” she said. “The game against PNG was re­ally close. If we had won that we would have reached the semi-fi­nals and kept the dream alive. T20 cricket is a for­mat where any­thing can hap­pen. We didn’t click as a bat­ting unit and if that had hap­pened things would have been dif­fer­ent to­day.”

“We need to im­prove as a team and as a bat­ting unit” – Tas­neem

Ral­ly­ing call: Hu­maira Tas­neem (left) wants her play­ers to take re­spons­bil­ity when it comes to bat­ting.

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