159dThe Report by Shashank Kishore

Australia canter to fourth straight victory

Australia recovered from 60 for 3 in the 20th over to post 290 for 8. It was 159 too many for Pakistan, whose lack of intent all but killed the chase early on

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Commentator: Sreshth Shah

END OF OVER:
50 | (wicket maiden) | PAK-W: 131/9 (160 runs required, RR: 2.62)

  • Sadia Yousuf0 (1b)
  • Ashleigh Gardner9-2-28-3
  • Ellyse Perry10-0-24-0

5.23pm So after hundred overs of cricket, a winner was eventually declared. But at the halfway stage, after Australia powered their way to 290 in their fifty, we knew Pakistan would have to do something magical to overhaul that target.

That didn't happen with their batting as they lost regular wickets through their innings and neither did they look to even chase the 291 target. Pakistan batted out fifty overs and eventually succumbed to a 159-run loss. The tournament now goes mathematical for them. But that being said, they first need to win all of their remaining games to stay in contention.

Australia will be delighted they eventually manged to bowl Pakistan out. But they'd be happier to see their batsmen doing well despite captain Meg Lanning's absence. It was a day of many individual performances, first from Villani, then from Perry, and then from Healy. But for what it's worth, Sana Mir's fighting 45 and three wickets will remain with me the longest. Australia move to the top of the table.

Thanks for staying with us through the day. Hope you enjoyed today's coverage. From Sreshth and Shashank, it's goodbye.

5.15 pm Pakistan captain Sana Mir: "Crucial catches were dropped when we were at the top. We missed some crucial catches, especially of players like Villani, they punished us. We were on the mark with the ball for atleast 25-30, but we need to bowl better at the death. Our batsmen need to step up, we can't rely on one batsman. This is why we are here. We need to build on our bowling and batting, our batters have the potential, it's just important they start clicking at the right time. I'm pretty happy with our bowling but our fielding needs to improve."

Australia captain Rachael Haynes: "I got a good partnership going but fell away but was good to see Villani and Perry play the way they did. Villani just came out and was so positive and once she gets going, very few grounds can contain her. She set the tone for the game. Looking forward to the next game against England."

5.10 pm Elyse Villani is the Player of the Match. She says: "Cricket is a funny game (she was out for a duck last game), the girls showed they were rearing to go. Good to see Alyssa Healy get that innings towards the end and Pez (Perry) play some good shots. My job was to hit the ball and that's what I had to keep doing. It's just the way I should be playing. The bowlers did a great job so it was nice to sneak a couple in.

Jindal: "So Australia again move to the top with huge Net run rate advantage in this match !"

49.6
W
Gardner to Diana Baig, OUT, And Australia bowl Pakistan out off the final ball! The last batsman came down the pitch and drove the ball to mid off. They took off for a single but the fielder is very fast to collect the ball. She releases it immediately and the stumps at the non-strikers end is broken. Australia take all ten wickets. They'd be pleased they managed to eventually take all ten

Diana Baig run out (Beams) 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

49.5
W
Gardner to Sana Mir, OUT, And she's finally gone! She charges at that one but the ball spins just away from her swinging bat as she looks to heave it over cow corner. She misses the shot and it crashes into middle stump

Sana Mir b Gardner 45 (86m 85b 7x4 0x6) SR: 52.94

49.4
0
Gardner to Sana Mir, no run, full on leg stump and she attempts the reverse sweep once again, finds fine leg this time
49.3
0
Gardner to Sana Mir, no run, full on middle stump and she looks to make room for a big one, hits her pads instead, luckily she's four stumps away from off stump
49.2
0
Gardner to Sana Mir, no run, full on leg stump, the batsman makes room and looks to smash it out of the park. Finds short midwicket
49.1
0
Gardner to Sana Mir, no run, full and outside leg stump, played back to the bowler

It's the last over now. Pakistan require 160 off six balls. Mathematically, still very much possible. Highly unlikely though.

PAK Women 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st4Nahida KhanAyesha Zafar
2nd12Marina IqbalAyesha Zafar
3rd7Nain AbidiMarina Iqbal
4th16Nain AbidiIram Javed
5th23Asmavia IqbalIram Javed
6th15Asmavia IqbalSana Mir
7th20Sana MirSidra Nawaz
8th33Sana MirNashra Sandhu
9th1Sana MirSadia Yousuf
10th0Sadia YousufDiana Baig