Pakistan girls’s cricket workforce started their journey on the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on Wednesday with a splendid eight-wicket win over the West Indies in Canberra.
Faced with a goal of 125 runs, Pakistan completed with a rating of 127-2 with 10 balls to spare of their allotted 20 overs.
2016 champions West Indies received the toss and selected to bat, however slumped to 44 for 3 off the primary 10 overs. Stafanie Taylor (43) and fellow veteran Shemaine Campbelle (43) got here to the rescue — nearly tripling the rating off the final 10 for a defendable 124 for seven.
In reply, a 58-run opening stand between Javeria Khan (35) and Muneeba Ali (25) set Pakistan on their manner, with skipper Bismah Maroof, in her 107th T20, seeing them residence with an unbeaten 38.
Player of the match Javeria was bowled out by Taylor within the eighth over whereas Muneeba was caught by Anisa Mohammed off Afy Fletcher within the 12th over.
Under the captaincy of Maroof, who’s main the aspect in a world occasion for the primary time, Pakistan are eyeing to safe a semi-final berth for the primary time.
“We really wanted this win to get the momentum going into this World Cup,” stated Maroof. “I’m actually pleased with this bunch and the way we performed right this moment.
“We picked up wickets at crucial times when we needed and put them under pressure, and then how our openers played, credit to them.”
Pakistan’s win leaves Group B broad open with 4 groups on two factors every. Pakistan play England subsequent on Friday, whereas South Africa face Thailand.
Pakistan XI: Javeria Khan, Muneeba Ali, Bismah Maroof (capt), Nida Dar, Umaima Sohail, Iram Javed, Aliya Riaz, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Aiman Anwer, Diana Baig, Anam Amin.
West Indies XI: Hayley Matthews, Lee-Ann Kirby, Stafanie Taylor (capt), Deandra Dottin, Shemaine Campbelle (wk), Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Anisa Mohammed, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell.