West Indies Women Cricket Team take down Pakistan in first T20

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West Indies Women Cricket Team take dwon Pakistan in first T20
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In a thrilling game between West Indies Women cricket Team and Pakistan at National Bank Stadium on Friday. West Indies clinch a victory on the last ball of the game in a five-match series.

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In a persist of 123 runs, Pakistan openers Sidra Ameen and Gull Feroza provided a brilliant boost at the start, hitting 35 runs in the first 5 overs. But Hayley Matthews takes down Sidra Ammen in the sixth over of the game and breaks the partnership. Sidra scored 23 runs on 17 deliveries by hitting three boundaries.

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Her opening partner Feroza, followed her back to the pavilion in the next over after scoring a cautious 13 off 17 deliveries.

Pakistan then lost another wicket Ayesha Zafar was cleaned up by Karishma Ramharack in the 10th over with just 53 runs on the board.

Coming out to bat at No.5, Pakistan captain Nida Dar took charge of the run chase and pulled her side into the hunt with crucial partnerships with Muneeba Ali (18) and Aliya Riaz (12).

Pakistan then needed 19 runs off the last three overs with Dar and Riaz at the crease. However, Karishma Ramharack turned the game on its head as she removed both the set batters and Fatima Sana for a golden duck, yielding a mere two runs in the process.

Dar remained the top scorer for Pakistan with a 24-ball 27, which featured four boundaries.

Later, Tuba Hasan and Najiha Alvi had an incredible eighth-wicket combination that pushed Pakistan within striking distance, but Shamilia Connell remained composed in the last over to lead the West Indies women to an exciting one-run triumph.

With four wickets in four overs, Ramharack spearheaded the West Indies bowling attack. Matthews, Afy Fletcher, and Qiana Joseph each claimed one wicket.

Hayley Matthews, the captain of the West Indies, won the toss and chose to bat first. Despite brave blows from Qiana Joseph and Stafanie Taylor, her team could only muster a modest score.

Following the early thrashing, in-form Taylor from West Indies Women Cricket Team joined forces with Joseph and launched a recovery. The pair batted sensibly and added 55 runs for the third wicket before Tuba Hasan got rid of Taylor to open the floodgates. Taylor remained a notable run-getter for West Indies, scoring 30 off 32 deliveries with the help of four boundaries. Joseph soon followed in Taylor’s footsteps and fell victim to Nida Dar in the next over.

She smashed four boundaries and top-scored for West Indies with a 36-ball 34.

Following their back-to-back dismissals, West Indies began to lose wickets at regular intervals before eventually settling for a modest total. Fatima Sana led the bowling attack for Pakistan women with 3/24, followed by Sadia Iqbal, who bagged two wickets. Diana Baig, Nida Dar, and Tuba Hasan, on the other hand, made one scalp each.

Pakistan and West Indies PLAYING XIs

Pakistan:

Muneeba Ali, Sidra Ameen, Nida Dar (c), Diana Baig, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Gul Feroza, Najiha Alvi, Tuba Hassan, Sadia Iqbal, Ayesha Zafar.

West Indies:

Hayley Matthews (c), Qiana Joseph, Shemaine Campbelle, Stafanie Taylor, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Alleyne, Afy Fletcher, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Karishma Ramharack, Shamilia Connell.

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