Sunday 19 January 2014 

Wins For Pakistan And Ireland In Doha

Isobel Joyce with her player of the match award
Isobel Joyce starred with bat and ball for Ireland.
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Pakistan 65-4 (Nain Abidi 28) beat
South Africa 64-8 (Nida Dar 2-3) by 6 wickets
Women’s 20-Over Tri-Series, Match 1, Doha

Pakistan kicked off the 20-over leg of the Qatar International Women’s Cricket Championship with a six-wicket thrashing of 50-over champions South Africa.

The Pakistani bowlers were simply exceptional in restricting the Proteas to just 64 for eight from their 20 overs. Only Mignon du Preez (14) and Marizanne Kapp (11) of the South African batters reached double figures as they rallied the innings briefly with a third-wicket partnership of 21 after the early loss of both openers.

Sadiq Yousuf (4-0-17-2) and Nida Dar were the chief architects of their destruction - the latter returning incredible figures of 4-2-3-2 - although it was a real team effort as Asmavia Iqbal, Sania Khan, Sana Mir and Qanita Jalil each contributed a wicket.

It all left the Pakistani top-order with a straightforward task. They did lose two relatively early wickets, but Nain Abidi and Qanita Jalil put on 34 in six overs for the third-wicket to take them to the brink of victory. Both were dismissed - for 28 off 32 balls and 21 off 22 respectively - shortly before the winning line was crossed, with Bismah Maroof and Sana Mir sealing the emphatic win.

Ireland 98-4 (C Joyce 30no, I Joyce 28) beat
Pakistan 97-4 (I Joyce 1-12) by 6 wickets
Women’s 20-Over Tri-Series, Match 2, Doha

Ireland spoilt Pakistan’s day by winning the evening match by six wickets with two balls to spare - a result that Ireland skipper and player of the match Isobel Joyce ranked as “right up there” with their best.

Set 98 to win after Joyce herself had helped restrict Pakistan to 97 for four from their 20 overs by taking one for 12, Ireland recovered from a shaky start to win in the final over.

Openers Clare Shillington and Emma Flanagan got things off to a brisk start with a stand of 25 in four overs, with Shillington hitting a six before becoming the second batter to fall in a mini-collapse of three for 10 that left the Irish on 35 for three.

Fortunately, the Joyce sisters were on hand to put on 44 for the fourth-wicket and set up the victory push. Isobel was finally trapped in front by Sania Khan (3-0-8-2) for 28 off 33 balls, but Melissa Scott-Hayward joined Cecelia and the pair took Ireland home. Cecelia finished on 30 off 41 balls, with Scott-Hayward on seven.

Pakistan had earlier mustered a par score thanks to contributions from Javeria Rauf (17 off 28 balls), Sidra Ameen (15 off 25), Nida Dar (28 off 33) and Bismah Maroof (18 not out off 28), while Louise McCarthy, Isobel Joyce and Elena Tice were the Ireland wicket-takers.

As it was, Ireland skipper Isobel Joyce was left reflecting on her side’s change in fortunes from the One-Day Internationals:

"We've been working hard on our Twenty20 cricket since qualifying for the World Cup so that was our primary focus coming out here,” she said. “We'd obviously liked to have played better in the ODI games but we've knuckled down, put those disappointments behind us, and we're ecstatic to have beaten Pakistan finally after coming second best to them for such a long time.

"We put a lot of emphasis on our running between the wickets and scored a lot of singles. The outfield is probably the slowest I've ever played on, so there aren't a lot of boundaries being scored. The balls stop with the ground being so predominately sand based. The par score we reckoned was about 100, so we knew we were in with a chance at the half-way stage.

"The coaches have been working hard with us in game scenarios this past few days, batting in the pairs that we're likely to end up with in the middle, and that really helped us. The trust was there in the calling today, and we really did well to chase down the total."

"It's [the win] right up there. It's such a different ball game now with a lot of the women's teams turning professional, while we're amateurs. Pakistan have been professional for a few years now, and we've played them so much in recent times with less and less success, so it makes this win really sweet as we know each other’s game so well. The victory gives us all something to build on for the rest of the games and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh."

© Cricket World 2014

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