Women’s T20 World Cup: Pakistan shock West Indies with eight-wicket win
Pakistan stunned former champions West Indies by eight wickets to assert one of the biggest wins in the Women’s T20 World Cup at Canberra.
Chasing 125, Pakistan controlled the run-rate, with captain Bismah Maroof creating a 38 not out and Javeria Khan 35 as they hurried to their goal with 10 balls remaining.
West Indies were decreased into 28-3 and ultimately triggered their approach largely.
Seamer Diana Baig excelled, shooting 2-19 until Pakistan was led by Maroof to a victory to rattle the Windies.
Pakistan, who have never gone past the group stages at the championship, face England although West Indies don’t play until Sunday.
In fact, they were the better team during the game, together with West Indies putting in a lacklustre showing with ball and bat.
England’s group is also opened by the win – and means that their game against Pakistan becomes much more important.
The Windies’ batters struggled dropping Hayley Matthews lbw into the first ball of their innings, until Lee-Ann Kirby and Deandra Dottin fell to high-risk shots.
Taylor grew visibly frustrated as the innings progressed, the Windies captain unable to pierce the area, along with 22 were all dots.
A middle-over resurgence appeared like it might help West Indies over the 150 mark but they once again disappeared, dropping their final four wickets for 31 runs.
Tension grew as their total was chipped away at by Pakistan – one Pakistan player could not see as Muneeba Ali has been dropped 21 at backward point – and West Indies were made to cover some lacklustre fielding.
Muneeba was caught at mid-wicket with 48 from 49 balls still needed to win, nevertheless Pakistan never seemed hurried.
Nida Dar – called’Lady Boom Boom’ due to her similarities to compatriot fellow big-hitter Shahid Afridi – benefited from a drop at deep mid-wicket to shoot Pakistan within five runs of victory and hit out.
Although some West Indian players fell to their haunches, realizing they were completely outplayed, because she hit the boundary maroof raised her arms.
Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof:”It was a fantastic win. We picked up wickets at critical times to limit them. We put them – then our openers batted extremely well and our goal was to restrict them.
“We’re intelligent cricketers and need to follow our own strengths. Nida Dar came in, we needed to rotate the attack and finish the match for us. It was a very significant win, we still want the momentum.”
West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor:”When you look at the total and also the kind of batters we now have, we ought to be scoring over 150. We haven’t been doing that.
“The batters have to be accountable and take responsibility. We spoke about how difficult we want to go in the first six overs but it was hard to build partnerships and we kept losing wickets.
“The bowling has been terrific. They batted fantastically well not to take away anything from Pakistan. But as batters we have to emerge and show our prowess.”
Ex-Australia batter Alex Blackwell on Test Match Special:”A terrific effort from Pakistan, lovely to understand that party by the captain. She was active at the crease and controlled that the innings.”