Guyana, Nov 13 (IESports) Captain Javeria Khan’s unbeaten 74 runs off 52 balls helped Pakistan to thrash Ireland by 38 runs at the Women World T20 in Group-B here at Guyana National Stadium on Tuesday night.
Chasing a challenging total of 140 runs, Ireland got off to a bad start as they lost their three wickets for just 38 runs in eight overs.
Clare Shillington tried her best to put up a good fight before getting out for 27 runs off 25 balls. She was clean bowled by Nashra Sandhu.
Pakistan’s spin attack of former captain Sana Mir and Nashra Sandhu caused them all kinds of problems and the required run-rate crept up.
Isobel Joyce (30) too squandered a start, and with wickets falling at regular intervals, Ireland could score 101/9 runs.
Sandhu finished with a remarkable 2/8, while all of Mir, Aimen Anwer and Aliya Riaz had two wickets each.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first.
Pakistan got off to a bad start as they lost their opener Nahida Khan (10) for 16 runs in fifth over, she was dismissed by Ciara Metcalfe. Captain Javeria Khan came one down and helped Pakistan to get past 50 runs mark. Ayesha Zafar was run out by Isobel Joyce. She was looking dangerous, scoring 21 off 22 balls. Both added 37 runs for the second wicket.
Umaima Sohail and the captain stitched together a partnership of 48 runs for the third wicket. Javeria was dealing in boundaries, she was more aggressor. Sohail was caught by Isobel Joyce off debutant Celeste Raack for 18 runs in 19 balls.
However, captain kept moving the score board. Towards the end of the innings she got good support from Nida Dar (9), helping Pakistan to post a challenging total of 139 runs in stipulated 20 overs.
Ireland’s Lucy O’Reilly took 3/19, three scalps in final over.
Javeria Khan’s unbeaten 74 runs off 52 balls is the highest individual score by a Pakistani woman in Twenty20 Internationals.
Javeria Khan named Player of the Match.
Ireland remain bottom of Group B after the defeat while Pakistan’s first win of the tournament keeps them third.
Ireland next play India on Thursday, while Pakistan take on New Zealand in the second match that same day.