Guyana (November 14, 2018): Pakistan women’s registered their first victory in the Women s World T20 when they beat Ireland by 38 runs in Guyana on Tuesday.
Pakistan captain Javeria Khan hit a brilliant 52-ball 74 not out, the highest individual score by a Pakistani woman in a T20I, as Pakistan posted 139-6 after winning the toss and elected to bat first. The next highest scorer was opener Ayesha Zafar with 21.
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Ireland had made a good start with the ball as they restricted Pakistan to 20-1 at the end of the six-over powerplay with seamer Lucy O Reilly in particular impressing.
But in the ninth over, Ireland missed an opportunity to dismiss Javeria which proved crucial.
The Pakistan captain hit a shot in the air to long-on where Shillington should have taken a catch but she misjudged the ball s flight and ran in, and, despite an attempt to backpedal, the ball bounced once just inside the boundary before going for four.At that point Javeria had nine from 16 deliveries but she went on to hit the highest score by a Pakistan player in a Women s World T20 with 11 boundaries.
Clare Shillington got Ireland s chase off to a quick start with 27 from 25 balls but they struggled to score off Pakistan s spinners and ended on 101-9.
Ireland were 32-1 after five overs but after Shillington was bowled by Nashra playing across the line Ireland were always behind the required run-rate despite 30 from Isobel Joyce.When Shillington was at the crease in the run chase it looked like Ireland had a chance but after the opener fell Ireland lost wickets at regular intervals and failed to find the boundary often enough.
In bowling for Pakistan, Nashra finished with outstanding figures of 2-8 from four overs while leg-spinner Sana Mir, plus seamers Aiman Anwer and Aliya Riaz all took two wickets each.