Cameron Guides Australia Home
Australia Women 161-6 (Cameron 56no) beat
Pakistan Women 157 by four wickets
First One-Day International, Brisbane
Jess Cameron stroked an unbeaten half-century to guide Australia Women to a four-wicket win over Pakistan Women in the first One-Day International at Redlands Cricket Club in Brisbane.
The match served as the first one played as part of the ICC Women's Championship, the new qualification pathway for the 2017 World Cup.
Bismah Maroof top scored with 53 in 116 balls as Pakistan were bowled out for 157 after winning the toss and choosing to bat.
After four Australians took two wickets each, Cameron's 56 not out in 60 balls helped the home side reach their target in 36.1 overs.
Julie Hunter's brace of wickets reduced the tourists to 23 for two as openers Asmavia Iqbal (15) and Sania Khan (7) departed early and it was left to Maroof to hold the innings together.
Sana Mir (1) and Nain Abidi (2) also fell cheaply as Pakistan slumped to 33 for four in the 16th over.
Maroof's patience paid off, and she found support from Nida Dar, who made 40 in 67 balls, to help Pakistan post a reasonable score.
She finally fell in the 42nd over when she was caught by Alex Blackwell off Sarah Coyte while Marina Iqbal (15) and Qanita Jalil (16) helped Pakistan push on until they were all out from the final ball of the innings.
Rene Farrell returned two for 28, Hunter two for 26, Megan Schutt one for 15, Coyte two for 27 and Jess Jonassen two for 29.
In reply, Australia lost Alyssa Healy for six and Meg Lanning for 18 before Cameron and Nicole Bolton, who made 43 in 61 balls, steered Australia towards their target.
After Sana Mir had Bolton caught and bowled, Maroof removed Blackwell for 18 and there was a slight wobble for the hosts when Mir struck against to dismiss both Jonassen (2) and Erin Osborne (10).
However, Cameron, who hit seven fours, stood firm and guided her side to victory alongside Coyte, who was unbeaten on nought from two balls.
Mir finished with three for 28, Qanita Jalil one for 25, Sadia Yousuf one for 29 and Maroof one for 14.
The second game in the four-match series - the first three of which count towards World Cup qualification - is on Saturday (23rd August).
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