On Tuesday (18th June), Women’s T20I cricket observed a bizarre record. Mali Women’s national cricket team was bundled out for just six runs against Rwanda Women’s national cricket team in a T20I match.
Mali Women’s national cricket team made their international cricket debut through this match. However, they had a horrible experience in that match against Rwanda Women’s who were playing the 10th T20I match.
It was the opening day of the Kwibuka Women’s Twenty20 Tournament 2019. Apart from Mali and Rwanda, Tanzania Women and Uganda Women are also participating in this tournament.
Only one batswoman scored runs during Mali Women’s innings
Coming to that game, the debutant Mali Women won the toss and decided to bat first. However, Rwanda bowlers dominated against those inexperienced batswomen as Mali Women were all out on just six runs in nine overs.
Apart from the opener Mariam Samake, all the other Mali batswomen failed to open their accounts. Samake scored just one run off six balls in that innings. Mali Women’s most runs came in that innings from the extras which were five (two byes, two leg byes and one wide).
In the international cricket record book, this innings has entered as the lowest completed total ever. The previous lowest completed total in Women’s T20I history was 14 (10 overs) by China Women against UAE Women at Bangkok on 13th January 2019.
Out of the nine overs of that innings, eight were maiden overs. Among the Rwanda bowlers, only the right-arm pacer Marie Bimenyimana conceded runs. She finished with the bowling figures of 3-2-2-2. Also, the leg-spinner Margueritte Vumiliya, right-arm pacer Josiane Nyirankundineza and leg-spinner Veronique Iriho dominated with the ball in hand. The leg-spinners Vumiliya and Iriho had the bowling figures of 3-3-0-2 and 1-1-0-1 respectively. However, the best bowling figures in that match was 2-2-0-3 by Nyirankundineza.
In reply, Rwanda Women took only four balls to chase that target without losing any wicket (8/0). The openers Antoinette Uwimbabazi (2*) and Josiane Nyirankundineza (5*) comfortably chased down that tiny target.
In the end, Josiane Nyirankundineza won the Player of the Match award for her outstanding performances.
Here are some world records of this match:
i) Mali Women’s 6 runs – It is the lowest completed total in Women’s T20I history. The previous lowest completed total in Women’s T20I history was 14 (10 overs) by China Women against UAE Women at Bangkok on 13th January 2019. Also, it is the lowest total in international cricket history.
ii) Nine batters of Mali Women’s scored ducks – It is the most number of ducks in a Women’s T20I innings. The previous record was eight ducks for Kuwait Women against Hong Kong Women at Bangkok on 25th February 2019.
iii) Rwanda Women won this match by ten wickets with 116 balls remaining – It is the largest T20I victory (by balls remaining in the second innings) in Women’s T20I history (also in overall T20I history). The previous record in Women’s T20I history was winning by ten wickets with 107 balls remaining by Namibia Women against Mozambique Women at Gaborone (Oval 2) on 23rd August 2018.
On the opening day of this tournament, Tanzania Women and Uganda Women faced each other in the first game of this tournament. In that match, Tanzania Women narrowly beat Uganda Women by five runs. While Tanzania Women managed 113/9 (20 overs) in the first innings, Uganda Women replied with 108/9 (20 overs).