Women World T20: Pakistan defeat Ireland by 38-run

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Women World T20: Pakistan defeat Ireland by 38-run

GUYANA: Women cricket team captain Javeria Khan’s unbeaten knock of 74 of 52 balls gave Pakistan their first win of the ICC Women’s World T20 in West Indies on Tuesday night.
In a must-win game for both the teams, Khan led the way as Pakistan stayed alive in the tournament with a 38-run defeat of Ireland at the Providence Stadium.
Batting first, the women in green posted a strong total of 139 for 6 before an all-round bowling effort turned the chase into a no-show.
The Irish women began well with Clare Shillington scoring five breezy boundaries in her innings of 27, however, once she was stumped by Nashra Sandhu, the Irish failed to build on her momentum.
Only Isobel Joyce stayed out on the pitch long enough to score a 30 which proved to be little or no effort in their chase of the target.
For Pakistan Sandhu picked up two wickets for eight runs with former captain Sana Mir, Aiman Anwer and Aliya Riaz each chipping in with two wickets each to give Pakistan their first victory in the tournament.
Ireland remains bottom of Group B after their second defeat of the tournament while Pakistan’s first win of the tournament keeps them third.
The win keeps Pakistan in the qualification hunt although they will have to rely on one of (or both) India and Australia to slip up in the group for any chance of progression.
Pakistan lost their opening game of the tournament by 52 runs to Australia and then their second match to sub-continent rivals India by seven wickets.
Pakistan next faces New Zealand on November 15.

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