Pakistan Win Doha 20-Over Final

Pakistan Women celebrate
The Pakistani bowlers were just too good for the South African batters.

Pakistan 72-3 (Javeria Khan 38) beat
South Africa 68-9 (Asmavia 2-14) by 7 wickets
Women’s 20-Over Tri-Series Final, Doha

Pakistan cruised to victory in the final of the 20-over Qatar International Women’s Cricket Championship over 50-over champions South Africa.

The Proteas had a torrid time with the bat and limped to 68 for nine at the end of their 20 overs. Only Marizanne Kapp reached double figures in making 40 as all of the Pakistan bowlers bowled effectively. Asmavia Iqbal and Sania Khan each picked up two wickets, while Nida Dar took one for 15.

They then had little difficulty in knocking off the runs as Javeria Khan hit 38 off 46 balls at the top of the order to be named player of the match. She added 27 in five overs with fellow opener Nain Abidi (4) and then 17 with Nida Dar (11) and 22 with Bismah Maroof before being bowled by Moseline Daniels with the winning line in sight.

Maroof ended on 14 off 24 balls and was joined by Nahida Khan (2 not out) to complete the win with almost four overs to spare by seven wickets. Daniels (3-0-13-1) and Sunette Loubser (4-0-14-1) were the South African wicket-takers, while Shabnim Ismail returned miserly figures of 4-2-9-0.

It was with the ball, however, where the game was won for the nominal home side. They won the toss and Asmavia Iqbal got the prized wicket of player of the series Lizelle Lee first ball. The Proteas never recovered from that early setback and lost regular wickets throughout as no-one could support Kapp.

Trisha Chetty was run-out for five by Batool Fatima to bring Kapp to the crease at 13 for two in the sixth over, with captain Mignon du Preez then departing a couple of overs later when she was bowled by Sania Khan for seven.

Shandre Fritz was bowled in the very next over by Nida Dar for a duck before Loubser joined Kapp to add the biggest partnership of the innings - 27 - for the fifth-wicket. Unfortunately, she was caught off Asmavia Iqbal (4-0-14-2) and more wickets tumbled.

Both Nadine Moodley (3) and Suné Luus (1) were run-out, while Ismail handed Sania Khan (4-0-16-2) her second wicket when on just one. Kapp made it four run-outs in the innings when she found herself beaten by a throw from Nain Abidi off the final ball of the innings.

The Proteas ended on 68 for nine, with Qanita Jalil (2-0-3-0), Sana Mir (4-0-12-0) and Sadia Yousuf (2-0-7-0) supporting their wicket-taking colleagues well.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

10th January: Ireland v Pakistan
PAK 183-9 beat IRE 73 by 110 runs
11th January: Ireland v South Africa
Match abandoned due to rain
12th January: Pakistan v South Africa
PAk 126-6 beat RSA 125-8 by 4 wickets
13th January: Ireland v Pakistan
PAK 93-3 beat IRE 92 by 7 wickets
14th January: Ireland v South Africa
RSA 54-2 beat IRE 53 by 8 wickets
15th January: Pakistan v South Africa
RSA 105-7 beat PAK 101 by 3 wickets
17th January: FINAL
RSA 95-6 beat PAK 94 by 4 wickets
Fixtures & Results

19th January: Pakistan v South Africa
PAK 65-4 beat RSA 64 by 6 wickets
19th January: Ireland v Pakistan
IRE 98-4 beat PAK 97-4 by 6 wickets
20th January: Ireland v South Africa
RSA 119-2 beat IRE 73-8 by 46 runs
20th January: Pakistan v South Africa
PAK 132-5 beat 111-5 by 21 runs
22nd January: Ireland v South Africa
RSA 102-1 beat IRE 101-7 by 9 wickets
22nd January: Pakistan v South Africa
RSA 97-3 beat PAK 96 by 7 wickets
24th January: FINAL
PAK 72-3 beat RSA 68-9 by 7 wickets