Pakistan 93-3 (Javeria Khan 51no) beat
Ireland 92 (Sana Mir 3-11) by 7 wickets
Women’s 50-Over Tri-Series, Match 4, Doha
Pakistan Women booked their place in the final of the Qatar International Women’s Cricket Championship by thrashing Ireland in Doha.
They skittled the Irish for only 92 after they had elected to bat as only skipper Isobel Joyce and opener Clare Shillington reached double figures. It was the Pakistani spinners who did the damage, with their skipper Sana Mir taking three for 11 from nine overs of leg-breaks; Sadia Yousuf taking two for 11 from her 10 overs of left-arm spin; and Nida Dar following up her starring role against South Africa yesterday by taking one for 10 from 9.3 overs of off-spin.
Javeria Khan then batted well to take Pakistan over the line with minimal fuss. She ended on 51 off 86 balls, despite not hitting a single boundary, as her side won with 24 overs to spare by seven wickets.
Ireland captain Joyce partly attributed her side’s poor batting efforts thus far in the tournament - they were bowled out for 73 in match one - to the slow nature of the West End Park pitch, saying: "It's very tough going out in the middle, with a huge amount of turn and not much value for shots with the slow outfield. Our batting hasn't been up to par so far in this tournament and our bowling hasn't been consistent enough either, but we are improving day by day.”
Her twin sister Cecelia was the first casualty for Ireland, handing Qanita Jalil a rare success for a seam bowler when she was caught behind in her opening over. Shillington then dominated a second-wicket stand of 29 with Emma Flanagan, but wickets tumbled following her departure for 20 off 28 balls to Sadia Yousuf.
Elena Tice was bowled by Nida Dar for two, Flanagan run-out for eight, with Melissa Scott-Hayward and Jennifer Gray bowled by Sana Mir for ducks to make it 40 for six in the 19th over. Wicket-keeper Mary Waldron (4) did keep Isobel Joyce company for eight overs before giving Mir a third wicket, with Louise McCarthy then doing her best to take the Irish total into three figures. She made seven of a useful ninth-wicket stand worth 30 with Joyce, but was caught off Nahida Khan (4-0-6-1), the end of the innings following not long afterwards. Joyce was left stranded on 36 off 104 balls.
Ireland needed early wickets if they were ever going to push Pakistan, but openers Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan took the score to 28 before the former was caught off Tice’s leg-spin for 12. Sidra Ameen and Javeria then advanced the score to 63 prior to Ameen giving 16 year-old Tice a second wicket when on 16. The result was, by this stage, beyond doubt. All that was left was for Tice to claim a third wicket by bowling Nain Abidi (2) to end with career-best figures of three for 31 from her 10 overs and for Javeria to complete her half-century.
Joyce paid tribute to Tice’s performance afterwards, saying: “A bright spot has been Elena Tice's performances with the ball in both games (she took one for 29 from 10 overs in game one). Clare Shillington has looked comfortable with the bat too. We'll be looking for more people to contribute with the bat against South Africa and to dig in a bit more. In these tough conditions it's about rethinking our targets and finding new ways to score."
Ireland play their final game against South Africa tomorrow and need to win to keep their hopes of making Friday’s final alive. South Africa then complete the group phase by playing Pakistan on Wednesday.
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