Pakistan’s women cricket team has started off with a bang. Pakistan’s Women Cricket team bashed former ICC T20 World Cup Champions by 8 wickets in Canberra on Wednesday.
West Indies was the the first to bat and in no time, the entire batting line up was put in trouble by Pakistani bowlers. West Indies were reduced to a startling 28-3 and ultimately tripped and strolled their way to 124-7, majorly due to captain Stephanie Taylor’s 43 runs on the scoreboard.
The Windies’ batters were seen struggling for consistency, losing Hayley Matthews on the way by an lbw to the first ball of the innings, before Lee-Ann Kirby and Deandra Dottin fell a prey to some extremely un-needed and high-risk strokes.
Taylor grew visibly frustrated as the innings continued. The Windies captain was unable to breach the stupendous field, and 22 of the 47 balls she faced were dots.
A middle-over resurrection looked as though it would help West Indies get over the 150 mark but they once again lost momentum and crashed, losing four wickets for 32 runs. The West Indies side ended their part of the innings with a humble 125 runs on the scoreboard.
Acing 125 runs, Pakistani openers, Muneeba Ali and Javeria Khan were absolutely remarkable as they added 58 to the card in just over 7 overs. Javeria Khan played classical shots and proved her professionalism. After that, captain, Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar took Pakistan par the line. The appropriate, brisk and timely running between the wicket and early calls helped the team achieve a proper run-chase.
Muneeba Ali was caught out at extra cover with 48 runs from 49 balls still needed to win, yet Pakistan never lost momentum. Nida Dar, often regarded as ‘Lady Boom Boom’ because of her similarities to compatriot fellow big-hitter Shahid Afridi – hit out and benefited from a simple drop at deep mid-wicket to take Pakistan within five runs of victory.
Maroof raised her arms in celebration as she hit the winning boundary, while some West Indian players dropped down to the pitch, knowing they had been thoroughly outclassed.
In the interview corner, captains of both teams shared their thoughts:
Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof: “It was an excellent win. We picked up wickets at critical times to restrict them. We put them under immense pressure – our aim was to restrict them under 135 runs and then our openers batted really well.
West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor: “When you look at the total score and the type of batters we have in our squad, we should be scoring over 150 runs. So far we haven’t been able to do that. The batters need to be accountable and take responsibility for not performing up to expectations. We spoke about how hard we want to go in the first six overs but it was hard to build partnerships as we kept losing wickets.”
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Pakistani Women Cricket team has showed its class many a times. Previously, Pakistani team had never gone beyond the group stages at the tournament, and now this time, they will be facing England next on Friday, while West Indies do not play again until Sunday. Pakistani Women Cricket Team is definitely a source of pride for us.