In their first warm-up match ahead of the Women’s World Twenty-20, Pakistan have registered a thumping 90-run win over South Africa.
Batting first, Pakistan needed no time to settle into the foreign conditions of the Caribbean. Their openers Nahida Khan (27 off 24) and Ayesha Zafar (46 off 33) got them off to a flier of a start. By the time Zafar’s wicket fell in the ninth over, caught and bowled by Sune Luus, Pakistan had scored 73 runs.
A handy 33 off 24 by Omaima Sohail and a cameo of 27* off 23 by Aliya Riaz, lifted Pakistan’s total to a daunting 162-5.
For South Africa, Luus was the pick was the bowlers. She took two wickets for 25 runs. Tumi Sekhukhune and Masabata Klass, meanwhile, chipped in with a scalp each.
In the second innings, the South African batters continued to struggle. Laura Wolvaardt was dismissed for a duck and Lizelle Lee could only manage a three. One down Robyn Searle was then run out by Nida Dar. South Africa had been reduced to 17-3.
From there, Luus and Marizanne Kapp led the rebuilding effort. Kapp top-scored with a 31-ball-29, while Luus scored a quick-fire 23 off 17. Their 45-run partnership set up South Africa to forge a comeback. That however, was not to be. Another collapse ensued as the next six wickets fell for just 10 runs. South Africa could only manage a 72, losing to Pakistan by a massive 90-run margin.
With the ball, spin did the trick for the victors. Veteran spinners Sana Mir, Anam Amin and Nida Dar took two wickets apiece. Mir was also the most economical bowler for her side, giving just 13 runs off her four overs.
This win is a positive sign for Pakistan and will give them a big confidence boost. They seem to be adapting themselves to playing the “fearless” brand of cricket Bismah Maroof talked about it.
South Africa on the other hand, will need to put both their warm-up match defeats behind them and go into the Women’s World Twenty-20 with confidence and composure, if they are to do well.