Pakistan Women v Ireland Women, 1st ODI, Dublin July 17, 2013

Maroof, Dar help Pakistan to 157-run win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan Women 280 for 7 (Dar 87, Maroof 80, Garth 3-39, Kenealy 3-48) beat Ireland Women 123 (Cecilia 29, Yousuf 3-18) by 157 runs
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Fifties from captain Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar helped Pakistan Women to a 157-run victory over Ireland Women in Dublin. After electing to bat, Pakistan's openers laid a solid platform with a 47-run stand. However, three wickets fell in the space of 22 runs to push Pakistan on the back foot, with opening fast bowler Amy Kenealy picking up two of the three scalps. Maroof and Dar then combined to put on a 181-run partnership for the fourth wicket, which put Pakistan in control. Despite a few more wickets falling towards the end, Pakistan were able to reach a healthy 280 for 7, with Kenealy and Kim Garth each picking up three wickets.

Ireland's chase started inauspiciously, with Javeria Rauf snaring Clare Shillington for 6. Despite some small partnerships, none of the Ireland batsmen were able to put up an imposing score, and they crumbled through the middle overs thanks to a disciplined bowling effort from Pakistan. Only two batsmen, twins Isobel and Cecelia Joyce, were able to pass 20. Sadia Yousuf's three wickets towards the end only hastened the inevitable as Ireland collapsed to 123.

The second and last ODI of the series will be played on Friday. Pakistan had won the one-off Twenty20 earlier this week.