Pakistan 183-9 (Nahida Khan 36, Gray 3-40) beat
Ireland 73 (Yousuf 3-16) by 110 runs
Women’s 50-Over Tri-Series, Match 1, Doha
Pakistan Women beat their Irish counterparts in the opening game of the Qatar International Women’s Cricket Championship in Doha. The tri-series, which also involves South Africa Women, is being held in Qatar by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Pakistan made 183 for nine from their 50 overs after choosing to bat as opener Nahida Khan top-scored with 36. Extras, in fact, were the highest contribution to the Pakistan total as the Ireland bowlers delivered 38 wides and 10 no-balls between them.
Pakistan lost regular wickets throughout their innings, with skipper Sana Mir the only other batter to reach 20. Ireland’s debutant seamer Jennifer Gray took three for 40 from nine overs, dismissing Bismah Maroof for a duck and, later, tail-enders Batool Fatima (10) and Qanita Jalil (15). Captain Isobel Joyce took two for 20 from her 10 overs, with Louise McCarthy, Lucy O’Reilly, Elena Tice and Melissa Scott-Hayward the other wicket-takers.
Asmavia Iqbal then struck twice early in the Ireland reply, while Qanita Jalil removed Emma Flanagan. With Joyce then falling to Sadia Yousuf to make it 30 for four, Ireland had it all to do. They never recovered and soon lost opener Clare Shillington run-out for 29. Scott-Hayward ended unbeaten on 16, with number 10 O’Reilly the only other double figure contributor.
Pakistan’s bowlers were more disciplined than the Irish and kept their extras total down to just seven. Yousuf ended with three for 16 from seven overs, while Asmavia Iqbal and Sana Mir each struck twice. Qanita Jalil and Bismah Maroof each contributed a wicket; the latter wrapping things up by having McCarthy stumped by Batool Fatima with the score on 73 after 31 overs.
Tomorrow sees Ireland take on South Africa, with the second of the weekend’s fixtures perhaps the tastiest when Pakistan take on the Proteas.
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