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Historic win for Ireland Women as Prendergast and Lewis shine

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A sensational all-round performance from Orla Prendergast and a composed half-century from Gaby Lewis gave Ireland Women a six-wicket victory in the first T20I against Pakistan, their first win of the tour.

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Despite a fighting half-century from Nida Dar, Bismah Maroof’s side couldn’t stop Ireland from chasing down 136 with eight balls to spare, giving them a well-deserved win at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The day belonged to Player of the Match Prendergast, who took her first wicket with just her third delivery when opener Muneeba Ali went for a big drive but edged behind to the keeper. She was back in the dugout before Pakistan had scored a run. Prendergast followed that up by taking the big wicket of Bismah Maroof in the fifth over, a superb catch low to the ground by Louise Little at mid-on completing the dismissal.

Captain Laura Delany opted to bowl Prendergast out earlier than usual, and she finished off in style, sending down a wicket maiden and shattering Javeria Khan’s stumps. She finished with career-best figures of 3-10, having broken the back of Pakistan’s batting line-up early on, and give Ireland a brilliant chance of victory.

With the scoring almost completely dried up for Pakistan early in the innings, Dar looked to counterattack, scoring a rapid half-century to give her side something to defend. She dispatched Cara Murray for a six in her second over before slashing a powerful four off Delany. The Ireland skipper had her revenge, dismissing Dar lbw with two overs left in the innings, but not before she had made 61 in 43 balls.

Set 136 for victory, Ireland’s nerves may have heightened when Amy Hunter was dismissed for one early on, but Prendergast at No.3, made an impact in the powerplay once again, starting with a four off the first ball she faced.

She smashed five boundaries in her innings including a six off Dar, before she was stumped on 39 off 25 balls. The all-rounder, however, had done her job, reducing the equation to a run-a-ball off the last 12 overs.

Gaby Lewis then took over leading the chase, scoring her eighth T20I half-century off 40 balls. It was a classy knock, anchoring the innings and seeing her side home. There was some late drama when Eimear Richardson was dismissed by Ghulam Fatima in the 16th over with 21 still needed for the win, but Lewis showed her composure, calmly hitting three boundaries off the last seven balls to secure the win - finishing with 69* off 54 deliveries.

This was Ireland Women’s first win over Pakistan since 2014, and the first for any Ireland side in Pakistan. They go 1-0 up in the three-match T20I series, with the second match set to be played on Monday, November 14.

MATCH SUMMARY

Pakistan v Ireland, 1st T20I, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, 12 November 2022.

Pakistan 135-5 (20 overs; N Dar 61, A Riaz 24*; O Prendergast 3-10).

Ireland 139-4 (18.4 overs; G Lewis 69*, O Prendergast 39; G Fatima 1-26).

Ireland won by 6 wickets

Pakistan: Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Muneeba Ali - 0.3 ov), 2-25 (Bismah Maroof - 4.3 ov), 3-32 (Javeria Khan - 6.5 ov), 4-56 (Omaima Sohail - 10.3 ov), 5-113 (Nida Dar - 17.4 ov)

Ireland: Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Amy Hunter - 1.3 ov), 2-64 (Orla Prendergast - 7.6 ov), 3-71 (Laura Delany - 9.5 ov), 4-115 (Eimear Richardson - 15.3 ov)

Match Details:

Date: 2022-11-12 05:00:00

Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Toss: Pakistan Women won the toss & elected to bat

Umpires: Asif Yaqoob (Pakistan), Imran Javed (Pakistan)

Match Referee: Ali Naqvi (Pakistan)

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