15th Match, Leicester, Jul 5 2017, ICC Women's World Cup
(50 ov, target 291)131
AUS Women won by 159 runs
Player Of The Match
59 (40)
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• The 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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Comms: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
Australia Women290/8(50 overs)
Sana Mir3/49(10)
Pakistan Women131/10(50 overs)
end of over 50Wicket maiden
PAK-W: 131/9CRR: 2.62 
Sadia Yousuf0 (1)
Ashleigh Gardner 9-2-28-3
Ellyse Perry 10-0-24-0

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 !"

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
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
Gardner to Sana Mir, no run

full on leg stump and she attempts the reverse sweep once again, finds fine leg this time

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

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

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.

end of over 491 run
PAK-W: 131/8CRR: 2.67 RRR: 160.00
Sadia Yousuf0 (1)
Sana Mir45 (80)
Ellyse Perry 10-0-24-0
Ashleigh Gardner 8-1-28-2
Perry to Sadia Yousuf, no run

full on middle and into the block hole, played back to the bowler. Perry finishes with figures of 0 for 24

Perry to Sana Mir, 1 run

full and on middle, plays it in the gap behind square on the leg side for one

Perry to Sana Mir, no run

short outside off stump, she makes some room and cuts the rising ball in front of point. Will she reach 50?

Perry to Sana Mir, no run

short and on middle, left alone

ArH: "Matches should be stopped when the required run rate goes over 36. There is no point playing after that and might as well encourage teams not to be overly defensive. " - Hmm, interesting. But that cannot be employed in tournament-style matches. Net Run Rate remember? Maybe Pakistan actually have a strategy?

Perry to Sana Mir, no run

good length on middle stump, rising delivery that is defended off the backfoot

Perry to Sana Mir, no run

full and outside off, carved towards point

Zoraiz: "How many more defeats before Pakistan are officially out of the tournament?" - that's a lot of math Zoraiz. But lets just say it doesn't look good. Maybe another one.

end of over 483 runs • 1 wicket
PAK-W: 130/8CRR: 2.70 RRR: 80.50
Sana Mir44 (75)
Ashleigh Gardner 8-1-28-2
Ellyse Perry 9-0-23-0
Gardner to Nashra Sandhu, OUT

Got her! Full and on off stump, it's a faster delivery and lower-order batsman is flummoxed with the change of pace. Hurries the batsman and hits her plumb in front of middle stump. Umpire Chaudhary takes less than one second to raise his finger. Two overs to go, two wickets left.

Nashra Sandhu lbw b Gardner 6 (40m 42b 1x4 0x6) SR: 14.28
Gardner to Sana Mir, 1 run
Gardner to Nashra Sandhu, 1 run

full and on middle, played down the ground

Gardner to Nashra Sandhu, no run

oh! what an effort by Haynes, pitched on middle and rose enough to take the batsman's top-edge, the fielder ran in and dived in, but the ball only found her fingertips

Gardner to Sana Mir, 1 run

flighted up and the batsman charges, mistimes it towards deep midwicket, they run

Gardner to Sana Mir, no run

full and on middle and leg, defended towards short midwicket

Maryam: "I believe Sana Mir should promote herself up the order a bit. Instead of having to play with the tail to save dignity, she should be playing up top to actually save the game." - next game, maybe? Pakistan are quickly running out of lives in this tournament.

end of over 476 runs
PAK-W: 127/7CRR: 2.70 RRR: 54.66
Nashra Sandhu5 (39)
Sana Mir42 (72)
Ellyse Perry 9-0-23-0
Ashleigh Gardner 7-1-25-1
Perry to Nashra Sandhu, no run

full and on middle and leg, nicely tucked in front of square towards cow corner. The batsman smile instead of running. There were atleast two runs there.

Perry to Nashra Sandhu, 1 wide

good length on middle but the ball drifts past leg stump to the wicketkeeper. Got to bowl that one again

Match details
Grace Road, Leicester
TossAustralia Women, elected to bat first
SeriesICC Women's World Cup
Player Of The Match
Elyse Villani
Elyse Villani
Match numberODI no. 1069
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-13.40, Interval 13.40-14.10, Second Session 14.10-17.20
Match days05 July 2017 - day (50-over match)
WODI debut
Sarah Aley
Sarah Aley
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Anil Chaudhary
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Sue Redfern
Reserve Umpire
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Jacqueline Williams
Match Referee
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David Jukes
PointsAustralia Women 2, Pakistan Women 0