Pakistan women rebound to take 3rd T20
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – West Indies Women were denied a third straight victory as they went down by five wickets in the third Twenty20 International against Pakistan Women at the National Stadium at Providence here Saturday.
Defending a moderate 115 to take a 3-0 lead in the four-match series, West Indies were undone by a superb 83-run fifth wicket stand between Bismah Maroof (43 not out) and Javeria Khan (37) and lost with 15 balls to spare.
In the first night women’s T20I to be played in the Caribbean, the Windies rattled up 115 for five from their allotted overs with vice-captain Stafanie Taylor top-scoring with a run-a-ball 48 before retiring with an asthma attack.
Left-arm spinner Sadia Yousuf picked up three for 25 to lead Pakistan’s bowlers.
Thanks to left-arm seamer Shanel Daley’s three for 17, Pakistan were then reduced to 32 for four but Bismah and Javeria combined to steer Pakistan to safety.
Sent in, West Indies lost opener Juliana Nero without scoring in the first over with just three runs on the board, leg before to fast bowler Qanita Jalil.
Taylor, who stroked four fours, added 62 for the second wicket with Britney Cooper whose 28 came from 41 balls.
When Cooper was removed by off-spinner Nida Dar, Stacy-Ann King (9) put on another 26 for the third wicket with Taylor before she retired ill at 91 for two.
King and the pugnacious Deandra Dottin (0) then fell in the space of a run to Sadia Yousuf as the home team lost their way.
They needed Daley, who struck two fours in a 10-ball 17, to create some fireworks at the death.
In reply, Pakistan quickly lost Nida Dar for eight at eight for one when she was leg before to Guyanese pacer Tremayne Smartt, playing her first match in West Indies colours on home soil.
Three wickets then tumbled for 24 runs as Sana Mir (4), Qanita Jalil (12) and Marina Iqbal (0) all fell cheaply.
However, Bishah Maroof, who struck three fours and a six in her unbeaten knock and Javeria Khan, who cracked four fours off 32 balls, stymied the Windies efforts and steered Pakistan to an impressive victory.