Group B is wide open with this Pakistan win. They move to the second spot behind England, while apart from Thailand, each team has a win. West Indies have a lot of introspection to do before their next game. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did getting it to you. This is S. Sudarshanan signing off! See you tomorrow for another double-header: India versus New Zealand, followed by Australia versus Bangladesh. Till then, take care. Adios!
Bismah Maroof: "It was a great win to get going in this World Cup. I think we picked wickets at crucial times. Early on, Diana bowled really well and helped us restrict them under 125. Credit to the way the openers played. We as a team are smart cricketers, we need to stay with our strengths. It was an important win as we need the momentum."
Stafanie Taylor: "When you look at our total and the type of batters we have, we should be scoring over 150. Batters need to be accountable and take the responsibility. We spoke about going hard in the first six overs. Today it was tough to string partnership. I think the bowling has been terrific. Connell has impressed me, Selman as well. The pace has been really good. Not to take anything from Pakistan. There is always room for improvement. As batters we need to come out and show the fight."
Javeria Khan got Pakistan the start they were looking for in such a chase. Along with young Muneeba Ali, she added 58 for the opening wicket before falling to a shot she wouldn't be proud of. But since that, Bismah Maroof held the rocking ship together and took Pakistan home, adding an unbeaten 50 with Nida Dar for the third wicket. Nothing really to write home about West Indies' bowling. Presentation follows...
Javeria Khan: "I'm surprised i got the award. I think Diana Baig deserved it because of her spell. We have worked on our fielding and running between the wickets. Good that it paid off. I think the wicket played well under lights. My aim was to charge as it could have got tough had I taken more time."
Pakistan 127/2 in 18.2 overs, won by eight wickets.
Bismah Maroof squeezed one past point to help Pakistan beat West Indies. The Asian side has begun their T20 World Cup campaign with a positive win. This means Group B is wide open...
Pakistan 119/2 in 17 overs.
Shamilia Connell's over goes for 12! Bismah and Nida Dar have run well between the wickets and off a free-hit, Dar got lucky. She got an inside edge past the keeper for a four.
Pakistan 107/2 in 16 overs, need 18 in 24.
The last two overs have gone for 18 runs and the Windies haven't helped themselves by being poor on the field. The partnership between Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar is 30 in 26 balls.
Pakistan 89/2 in 14 overs, need 36 in 36.
A reverse sweep gets Bismah Maroof her first boundary and now, some sensible cricket should see Pakistan home. Nida Dar is at the other end.
Pakistan 77/2 in 11.5 overs, need 48 in 49.
It just seemed as if the game is drifting away from West Indies when Afy Fletcher struck. She tossed one in line of the stumps, Muneeba Ali charged down and looked to work it to the on side. Ended up getting a leading edge to Anisa Mohammed at covers. Ali goes for 25.
Pakistan 58/1 in 7.2 overs.
Stafanie Taylor strikes on her second ball, trapping Javeria Khan in front. The Pakistan opener went to pull a ball that was full. Missed it completely to get hit on the pads. She goes for 35 off 28.
Pakistan 57/0 in 7 overs, need 68 more.
Javeria Khan and Muneeba Ali raise 50 runs for the opening wicket, the first time for Pakistan in T20Is since January 2015. This is also just their second such opening stand in T20 World Cups. The pair has not given any chance to West Indies. They bided their time when the going seemed tough, but now are encashing on boundary balls.
Pakistan 42/0 in 5 overs, need 83 in 90.
Javeria Khan and Muneeba Ali have stepped on the accelerator. Khan broke the shackled by hitting a couple of boundaries in succession. First, she pulled one over mid-wicket, before crashing a cut shot through point. On the last ball, Muneeba Ali drove one through covers to take 14 from the Chinelle Henry over.
Pakistan 19/0 in 3 overs, need 106 more.
West Indies' seam bowling is giving nothing away, both Muneeba Ali and Javeria Khan have struggled to time the ball. Both of them have managed to hit a boundary each and it's time before they start accelerating.
West Indies should be reasonably pleased with the score, given the notorious nature of Pakistan’s batting. They didn’t get to the best of starts and yet again, it was the duo of Stafanie Taylor and Shemaine Campbelle who stitched over 50 runs together. Though both of them missed their half centuries, they ensured West Indies don’t fold up.
Clearly, Diana Baig was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers, but their fielding left a lot to be desired. They have some new faces in the batting line-up with the likes of Muneeba Ali in the mix. Should be an interesting chase.
Diana Baig: "I was happy with the way I bowled at the start but not so with my last over. Maybe I was bowling well at that time. It’s a big contest. I was quite excited and thinking about bowling in my areas. As a team we fielded well but I also did mistakes. We need to improve our ground fielding more. Hopefully we will chase well."
West Indies 124/7 in 20 overs.
10 runs in the final over. Afy Fletcher managed to slice one through the gap between short third man and backward point before being dismissed.
West Indies 111/6 in 18.4 overs.
Stafanie Taylor holes out to deep mid-wicket in a bid to hit two sixes in a row. She found Diana Baig to perfection at the fence. Only a ball ago, she managed to hit one over long on. Taylor goes for 43.
West Indies 105/5 in 18 overs.
Pakistan may have got a wicket in the over, but Stafanie Taylor hit Aiman Anwar for a massive hit over deep mid-wicket. 11 runs came in that over.
West Indies 97/5 in 17.3 overs.
Aiman Anwar bowls a full floaty ball, Chinelle Henry, sent up as a pinch-hitter, misses the ball completely. Trapped in front!
West Indies 91/4 in 16.1 overs.
Shemaine Campbelle looked set to get a half century. She went for a reverse-sweep against Anam Amin, who bowled in full on the stumps. Campbelle missed, the ball deflected off her pads but the umpire didn't give her out. Pakistan took the review and got success. 43 for Campbelle then...
West Indies 90/3 in 16 overs.
Diana Baig was economical in her first spell, bowled in the power play. She went for just six in the three overs then in return of two wickets as well. But in her final over, she was taken for 12, with Shemaine Campbelle hitting a six and Stafanie Taylor hitting a four. Baig finishes with 4-0-18-2.
West Indies 78/3 in 15 overs.
Perfect scenario for West Indies - Stafanie Taylor and Shemaine Campbelle have added 50 runs together. The duo is set. Five overs to go. Taylor signalled her intent to change gears, too, hitting a six off Nida Dar in the 15th over...
West Indies 50/3 in 11 overs.
Courtney Walsh: "The discussion has to be done with your partner. If you are talking about this game, we were a bit slow in going for DRS. As a bowler it's about what the wicket might do and give suggestions to them. It's about assessing the conditions and that's what I do. I think if the girls get stronger, they can bowl 120-125 kph. They are athletes, they'll get stronger as they learn."
West Indies 28/3 in 6.2 overs.
Deandra Dottin was looking rusty. Was unable to get the ball through the gaps. And in a bid to break the shackles, she departs. Looks to hit Nida Dar over long on but hits it straight down Iram Javed's throat there. 1 from 10 balls for her.
West Indies 25/2 in 4.1 overs.
Lee-Ann Kirby's stay in the middle ends. Diana Baig finally gets her deserved wicket. Kirby looks to hoick it over the on side, gets the leading edge. Muneeba Ali back-tracks a few steps and takes it safely. End of Kirby's stay in the middle for 16 in 11 balls.
West Indies 15/1 in 3 overs.
Aiman Anwar drops a skier! Lee-Ann Kirby looked to whip it to the on side but ended up getting a top edge. Anwar ran in from fine leg but couldn't take that. Early life for Kirby.
West Indies 0/1 in 0.1 overs.
Dream start for Diana Baig and Pakistan. They see the back of Hayley Matthews for a duck. It was full around around leg, Matthews missed the flick and was struck on the pad. The umpire didn't take time to raise the dreaded finger. Matthews wanted to review but signalled her intent after a long discussion with her partner, thereby running out of time. HOWLER! The ball landed outside leg. And it would have gone on to miss the stumps as well.
Very poor from Hayley Matthews. Should have reviewed it right away. Perhaps her mind wasn't in the game, as her body language showed. HOWLER. #T20WorldCup— S. Sudarshanan (@Sudarshanan7) February 26, 2020
West Indies: Hayley Matthews, Lee-Ann Kirby, Stafanie Taylor (c), Deandra Dottin, Shemaine Campbelle (wk), Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Shakera Selman, Anisa Mohammed, Afy Fletcher, Shamilia Connell
Pakistan: Javeria Khan, Muneeba Ali, Bismah Maroof (c), Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Iram Javed, Aliya Riaz, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Aiman Anwer, Diana Baig, Anam Amin
Nasser Hussain: Heather Knight said it's an absolute belter but a bit two-paced. The women who have bowled well have bowled straight - Hayley Jensen and Udeshika Prabodhani. Bowling outside off stump doesn't limit hitting the leg side. So the bowlers have to attack the stumps, as that will bring bowleds and LBWs into play.
The coin lands in Stafanie Taylor's favour, West Indies will bat first
Stafanie Taylor: “We spoke as a unit and decided that we need much of the sunlight to put runs on the board. We spoke about rotating the strikes and the dot balls is an area we need to work on. Shakera Selman is in and Alleyne is out.”
Bismah Maroof: “I think it will give us a lot of confidence that we can beat them in our first match today. We will like to restrict them, we have a good bowling side. Preparations have gone well, looking forward to the match.”
Hello peeeeps! The first game was a rather one sided one, but here we are awaiting the start of the second clash of the day - West Indies versus Pakistan. The Asian side is playing its first game in this T20 World Cup and will be interesting to see what they have to offer in the Australian conditions. They are a young bunch and with Nida Dar's WBBL experience, it would be worth keeping an eye on her.
West Indies have had a good start to their campaign, having got past a spirited Thailand side. It was the Stafanie Taylor show at the WACA, who picked up three wickets and made an unbeaten 26 to anchor the chase. Promises to be an exciting clash. I, S. Sudarshanan, will bring to you all the action. Stay tuned!
Bismah, Javeria star with the bat as Pakistan stun former champions West IndiesSkipper Bismah Maroof led from the front with an unbeaten 37-ball 38 and was ably supported by vice-captain Javeria Khan as Pakistan stunned 2016 champions West Indies by eight wickets in their Group B T20 World Cup encounter at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Wednesday (February 26). It was also Pakistan’s third win over the Caribbean nation in T20Is. It is also to be noted that West Indies have beaten Pakistan twice during the warm-ups earlier this month. Earlier Diana Baig gave Pakistan a rollicking start dismissing Hayley Matthews for a first-ball duck. Pakistan were off to a great…
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