KARACHI, February 26, 2020 (SNN247.com) – Pakistan outclassed the West Indies by eight wickets to kick off their campaign in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on a victorious note at Manuka Oval in Canberra, Australia on Wednesday.
This was Pakistan’s only second victory over the West Indies in the shortest format.
Pakistan scripted the easy victory by showing discipline in all departments of the game. It all started with an impressive bowling performance by Diana Baig, Aiman Anwer, and Nida Dar.
Shaky Start for the West Indies
The West Indian top-order failed to ensure a strong start, largely due to a first-ball duck for Hayley Matthews. Lee-Ann Kirby (16 off 11 – 3 fours) and skipper Stafanie Taylor (43 off 47 – 2 fours, 2 sixes) launched a counterattack. Although Stafanie Taylor was more interested in occupying the crease, Kirby accepted the stroke-making role. However, Kirby’s urgency soon brought about her downfall as West Indies were reduced to 2/25. Nida Dar soon got rid of dangerous Deandra Dottin (1 off 10) to make it 3/28 in 6.2 overs.
In all sorts of problems, the West Indies needed inspiration. Shemaine Campbelle (43 off 36 – 2 fours, 2 sixes) provided the much-need support to Stafanie Taylor. The pair added 63 runs for the fourth wicket in a quick time.
Only when the West Indies started looking like posting a formidable total on the board, it was Aiman Anwar’s turn to dent their batting.
Pakistan restrict West Indies to meager total
In the end, the West Indies limped to 7/124 from their 20 overs. Diana Baig (4-0-19-2) led the charge in the bowling department for Pakistan. She was fully supported by Anam Amin (4-0-19-1), Aiman Anwer (4-0-32-2), and Nida Dar (4-0-30-2).
Chasing 125 runs for victory, Pakistan needed a stable yet strong start. Muneeba Ali (25 off 26 – 3 fours) and Javeria Khan (35 off 28 – 6 fours) looked in impressive touch to score boundaries periodically. They also ran beautifully between the wickets to forge a strong 58-run opening partnership.
Bismah Maroof Completes the Job
Skipper Bismah Maroof (38* off 37 – 4 fours) and Nida Dar (18* off 20 – 1 four) safely completed the victory with 10 balls to spare.
The victory lifted Pakistan to the second position in Group B on the points table. England took the top position with a masterful 98 runs triumph over Thailand earlier on Wednesday.
Women’s T20 World Cup: Pakistan’s Next Challenge
Pakistan will take on England in their next match in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Canberra on February 28. The match will start at 1:00 p.m. Pakistan time.