In an incredible turn of events during an ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Americas Region Qualifier match, Canada lost five wickets in the penultimate over as Brazil won by one wicket. Laura Cardoso of the Pacers hit a hat-trick, while two other hitters were struck out by Brazil fielders.
The rain-shortened encounter at Naucalpan, Mexico’s Reforma Athletic Club, was limited to 17 overs, with Canada Women scoring 48 runs for the cost of seven wickets. Brazil found the going tough as well, but needed just three runs from the final six deliveries to win the match after 16 overs. The unimaginable occurred at this point.
Laura Cardoso, a pacer, was given the task of bowling the opening over, and she began with a dot ball. The 16-year-old went on to score a hat-trick, making him the first Brazilian to do so in T20 internationals.
With Mukhwinder Gill, Canada’s leading run-scorer, on strike, three runs are needed from the final ball. While attempting to steal the second run, the 33-year-old stopped short of the crease, giving Brazil a dramatic one-run victory.