Ireland v Pakistan, Women's World T20, Sylhet March 31, 2014

Maroof, Asmavia lead Pakistan to consolation win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan Women 119 for 6 (Maroof 48*, McCarthy 2-14) beat Ireland Women 105 (Asmavia 3-18) by 14 runs

Pakistan Women took their first points of the tournament, successfully defending their total of 119 for 6 against Ireland Women to win by 14 runs.

Both teams were already out of contention for the knockouts, and this being their last game of the tournament, would have been looking to lift themselves off the bottom of the table. That Pakistan managed to do that was mainly down to Bismah Maroof, who kept the innings afloat even as her team-mates failed to make much of an impact around her. She finished unbeaten on 48 - made at the brisk rate of 106.66 - to ensure Pakistan got well past the 100-run mark despite medium pacer Louise McCarthy's strikes putting the wobbles on them early on.

Pakistan's new-ball bowler Asmavia Iqbal got the defence off to a fine start, striking in the first over to remove Mary Waldron for a duck. She struck twice more through the innings, in a tidy spell of 3 for 18, to ensure Pakistan kept the early advantage she had provided. A couple of run-outs didn't help matters for Ireland, as they slumped from 77 for 3 in the 15th to 88 for 8 in the 18th. Eventually Ireland were bowled out with three balls to spare, well short of their target.

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  • Asif on April 1, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Too late and too little. This win will make sure Sana will remain captain scoring under 10 runs an innings and giving 8+ runs an over. If memory serves me right, Pak women were only able to take 5 wickets or so in the first three matches giving upwards of 500 runs. I am sure if Netherlands were in the contest instead of Pakistan it would have been a more competetive tournament. But back home people will still say good things. It seems we are too forgiving of the women's team and too critical of men's team. A balance is required in my opinion.

  • ESPN on April 1, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Great Win Girls enjoy the victory :)

  • Jawwad on March 31, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    Congrats Team Pakistan on your first win. It's too bad not to see support from other Pak fans. But hey Cheers and Enjoy this win.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Well done Pakistan women's cricket team. Congratulations to Captain Sana Mir.

  • Android on March 31, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    there is a need of quality women cricket tournaments at domestic level in Pakistan so that girls can compete with stronger teams with consistent performances

  • a on March 31, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Well done Asmavia and Bismah! Proud of you!

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