POTCHEFSTROOM: Pakistan placed on an all-round efficiency to thump Ireland by seven wickets and scripted a successful begin to their ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup Super Six.
After opting to bat first, Ireland may accumulate 113/7 of their allotted 20 overs behind a gritty half-century by Annabel Squires.
Ireland had a irritating begin to their innings as each openers – Rebecca Gough and Joanna Loughran – perished cheaply for a mixed rating of simply 12 within the fourth over.
Following the droop, Squires stood agency and stored the scoreboard ticking single-handedly as she didn’t obtain any help from the opposite finish.
The right-handed batter remained unbeaten with 55 off 52 deliveries and smashed 5 boundaries.
Besides Squires, solely Zara Craig (17) remained the notable run-getter whereas no different batter may maintain on for lengthy in opposition to a disciplined Pakistan bowling assault.
Anosha Nasir and Rida Aslam bagged two wickets every for Pakistan, whereas Areesha Noor and Mahnoor Aftab struck out a batter apiece.
Set to chase 114, Pakistan comfortably sailed via for the lack of simply three wickets with 17 balls to spare; courtesy of a mixed effort from their batters.
Openers Shawaal Zulfiqar and Eyman Fatima led a strong basis for the run chase with a brisk 44-run partnership earlier than each batters perished on consecutive deliveries.
Fatima scored a fast 25 off simply 17 balls, whereas Shawaal struck a 20-ball 18.
Following their departure, skipper Syeda Arooba Shah led from the entrance along with her quickfire knock of 35 and top-scored for her facet earlier than strolling again to the dugout within the 15th over.
She scored 35 off simply 25 deliveries and hit 4 boundaries.
Following Aroob’s dismissal, Warda Yousaf (24*) stitched an unbeaten 17-run partnership with Laiba Nasir (7*) and led her facet to glory.
For Ireland, Zara, Freya Sargent and Georgina Dempsey struck out a batter every.
READ: Sethi proclaims to attend ACC Board Meeting in February