Bowlers fire Pakistan Women to series win
Pakistan Women 84 for 4 (Maroof 30*, Asmavia 21) beat South Africa Women 83 for 6 (Luus 23*, Asmavia 2-12, Amin 2-25) by six wickets
Sumaiya Siddiqi, Asmavia Iqbal and Anam Amin all delivered incisive spells to suffocate South Africa Women and set up Pakistan's six-wicket win in Sharjah. The victory also meant that the hosts took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
South Africa, batting first, failed to inject any momentum into their innings, as they lost wickets right from the off. Asmavia dealt the first blows, removing Trisha Chetty and Bernadine Bezuidenhout in successive overs. It immediately put the visitors on the back foot, as they struggled to find the boundaries, hitting only six fours and a six throughout their innings. Sune Luus and Lizelle Lee were the only two players to score 20s, as South Africa could only muster 83 for 6. Asmavia (2 for 12) and Amin (2 for 25) picked up two wickets each, while Siddiqi bowled out the South Africa captain Mignon du Preez for 12.
Pakistan made heavy weather of the small chase, losing four wickets inside 13 overs including two run-outs, but Bismah Maroof and Asmavia shared an unbroken, 41-run stand, guiding the team home in 17.5 overs. Maroof stroked three fours during her unbeaten 30, while Asmavia's 14-ball 21 featured two fours. Her all-round exploits earned Asmavia a second consecutive Player-of-the-Match award.