Javeria Khan’s captain’s innings helped Pakistan to register their biggest win in terms of runs at the World T20. More importantly, Pakistan opened the winning account in this World T20. Her unbeaten innings of 74 is the highest score by a Pakistani player in a T20 international. After setting up a target of 140, Pakistani bowlers bowled exceptionally well to restrict Irish women to a score of 101/9. Nashra Sandhu who had been left out for the match against India returned and bowled exceptionally well and picked 2 wickets including 19 dot balls. Sana Mir, Aiman Anwer, Aliya Riaz also helped the cause by picking 2 wickets each.
Pakistani innings was all about Javeria Khan. When she was on 9 she should’ve been caught at long-on, but Clare Shillington was five yards inside the ropes. When she finally backpedalled, it was too late. Javeria Khan made full use of this opportunity and went on to score a brilliant knock. When they were bowling short, she was scoring towards midwicket, when they are bowling full she was piercing the gap between the fielders. Her innings entirely shifted the momentum towards Pakistan and they posted their highest total at World T20.
After winning the toss in a must-win encounter, Pakistan’s skipper Javeria Khan had no hesitation in batting first. Ireland bowled exceptionally well in the Power play and didn’t allow the Pakistani batters to get away easily. Pakistan could only score two boundaries in the first 8 overs which tells us how good the Irish girls bowled in the first powerplay. Lucy O’Reilly was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets and 16 dot balls including a maiden over.
Momentum was clearly with Ireland until the Pakistani skipper came to crease and started hitting the ball to the boundary. She had a partnership of 35 runs for the 2nd wicket with Ayesha Zafar and 48 for the 3rd wicket with Umaima Sohail which steadied the ship for Pakistan. Javeria Khan displayed a brilliant bats(wo)manship and played a captain’s innings for Pakistan. The last 12 overs produced 110 runs for Pakistan and the major chunk of it belonged to their skipper. She used her crease effectively and her feet movement had been the hallmark of this innings. Once again, Lucy O’Reilly bowled an exceptional final over and conceded only 4 runs.
Chasing a stiff target of 140, Ireland didn’t get to a good start and lost wickets at regular intervals. Though Clare Shillington and Isobel Joyce tried to steady the innings, the pressure of required run rate increased. Ireland could only able to score 101 runs in their allotted 20 overs. Shillington scored well initially however she couldn’t get a move on leading to a result which was never in doubt.