Pakistan Trounce Ireland In Doha

Asmavia Iqbal celebrates
Asmavia Iqbal derailed the Ireland run chase early.

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.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

10th January: Ireland v Pakistan
PAK 183-9 beat IRE 73 by 110 runs
11th January: Ireland v South Africa
Match abandoned due to rain
12th January: Pakistan v South Africa
PAk 126-6 beat RSA 125-8 by 4 wickets
13th January: Ireland v Pakistan
PAK 93-3 beat IRE 92 by 7 wickets
14th January: Ireland v South Africa
RSA 54-2 beat IRE 53 by 8 wickets
15th January: Pakistan v South Africa
RSA 105-7 beat PAK 101 by 3 wickets
17th January: FINAL
RSA 95-6 beat PAK 94 by 4 wickets
Fixtures & Results

19th January: Pakistan v South Africa
PAK 65-4 beat RSA 64 by 6 wickets
19th January: Ireland v Pakistan
IRE 98-4 beat PAK 97-4 by 6 wickets
20th January: Ireland v South Africa
RSA 119-2 beat IRE 73-8 by 46 runs
20th January: Pakistan v South Africa
PAK 132-5 beat 111-5 by 21 runs
22nd January: Ireland v South Africa
RSA 102-1 beat IRE 101-7 by 9 wickets
22nd January: Pakistan v South Africa
RSA 97-3 beat PAK 96 by 7 wickets
24th January: FINAL
PAK 72-3 beat RSA 68-9 by 7 wickets