Pakistan 126-6 (Maroof 60) beat
South Africa 125-8 (Dar 4-15) by 4 wickets
Women’s 50-Over Tri-Series, Match 3, Doha
Pakistan Women made it two wins out of two in the Qatar International Women’s Cricket Championship by beating South Africa in the final over of a low-scoring 50-over contest in Doha.
Bismah Maroof anchored the Pakistan run chase with a resolute 60 in 133 balls and shared useful stands with Javeria Khan, Sana Mir and Asmavia Iqbal. Nida Dar had ensured that the nominal hosts wouldn’t be chasing too many by restricting the Proteas to 125 for eight from their 50 overs. The off-spinner recorded career-best figures of four for 15 as Marizanne Kapp was the only South African batter to prosper.
They lost Trisha Chetty for a duck in Qanita Jalil’s opening over after electing to bat, before impressive young opener Lizelle Lee and captain Mignon du Preez steadied the ship with a second-wicket partnership of 34. However, they were both bowled by Dar in successive overs and South Africa never threatened to post a particularly large total thereafter.
Shandre Fritz batted 15 balls without scoring and was a third wicket for Dar, while Dane van Niekerk (8) and Sunette Loubser (4) didn’t hang around too long, falling to Sana Mir (1-27) and Sumaiya Siddiqi (1-22) respectively. Suné Luus then added a further 15 with a determined Kapp for the seventh-wicket before handing Dar her fourth success when on six. Chloe Tryon then hung around to take the score into three figures, with Shabnim Ismail ending not out on seven. Kapp was the main reason that the Proteas bowlers had been given anything to work with, ending on 44 off 91 balls despite not once finding the boundary.
Pakistan then lost two wickets relatively early in their run chase as Tryon and Ismail accounted for Nahida Khan (8) and Nain Abidi (1) in successive overs. However, a third-wicket stand worth 45 between Javeria Khan and Bismah Maroof took them close to the halfway point of their target.
Javeria was bowled by Luus for 29, but Mir put on 23 with Maroof before being run-out when on 10 and Asmavia Iqbal shared a further 35 with her for the sixth-wicket. Nida Dar had departed in between them for a duck as she missed out on the player of the match award to Maroof. Maroof was run-out by Fritz with the scores level, with Qanita Jalil joining Asmavia (13 not out) to hit the winning run.
Suné Luus was the pick of the Proteas attack with two for 25 from 10 overs of leg-spin, while Ismail and Tryon were the other wicket-takers.
Pakistan will aim for a hat-trick of wins when they take on Ireland tomorrow, with South Africa’s next match also against Ireland, on Tuesday.
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