Teams representing Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have progressed to the next stage of the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup after the opening rounds at Blacktown International Sportspark.
Over the past two nights, six communities competed for a place in the semi-finals stage of the competition.
While the cricket was competitive, the true purpose of the event was not lost on the players who all represented their nations with pride.
"I’ve played in all kind of competitions around Sydney but the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup is a special one for me because it is a chance to represent my country," said Sri Lanka captain Suthakar Senathipillay.
"This competition provides a good ground, the experience to play under the lights and very competitive games."
Pool A Results
India 3/57 (Arun Chauhan 25) def Afghanistan 3/46 (Modacer Momandi 14*)
Afghanistan 3/60 (Modacer Momandi 28) def by Bangladesh 0/62 (Rajib Sarker 40*)
India 3/45 (Arun Chauhan 16) def by Bangladesh 1/46 (Anirban Maitra 17*)
Pool B Results
Pakistan 2/69 (Waleed Jalil 41*) def Nepal 5/55 (Basit Ali 3/4)
Nepal 2/45 (Nabin Gurung 20*) def Sri Lanka 2/44 (Suthakar 14*)
Sri Lanka 3/40 (Suthakar 16) def Pakistan 5/34 (Suthakar 2/3)
Upcoming Finals Fixtures
Thursday 1 April, Blacktown International Sportspark Oval 2
Semi Final 1: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka - 6:00pm
Semi Final 2: Pakistan vs India - 7:10pm
Final: Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 - 8:30pm
Reigning champions Pakistan are set to take on India in a grand final replay, while Bangladesh will be hoping to continue their unbeaten run against Sri Lanka to reach their first grand final appearance.
Bangladesh captain Rajib Sarkar praised the efforts of his team in the opening round.
"This time we had a young and inexperienced team but the boys gave their all at the ground and make us the only unbeaten team so far in this tournament," said Sarkar.
"It is even better to take my team to the semi for the first time, I could not ask for more."
Pakistan captain Sibghat Khan is proud to lead his community as they look to go back-to-back.
"It's one of the biggest honours I have ever received," said Khan.
"The chance to wear your nation's flag and represent them is something I've cherished since my first HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup. It's been an amazing journey and I've made lifelong friendships along the way.
"To make it to the semi-finals is huge, but the job isn't done until we have the trophy in our hands."
Spectators are welcome to attend the finals evening at Blacktown International Sportspark. Entry is free. For more information, please contact Sydney Thunder.