West Indies fall to Pakistan; leaves Group B wide open
West Indies suffered an upset against Pakistan as they went under by eight wickets in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup match on Wednesday night at the Munaka Oval in Canberra. Batting first on a good pitch, the 2016 champions lost three early wickets and never quite recovered enough to post a big target.
West Indies are now in third position in Group B on two points from two matches, while Pakistan earned their first points in their first match – and are second to England, who beat Thailand earlier in the day at the same venue.
MATCH SCORES: West Indies 124-7 off 20 overs (Stafanie Taylor 43, Shemaine Campbelle 43) Pakistan 127-2 off 18.2 off overs (Bismah Maroof 38 not out, Javeria Khan 35)
West Indies got off to a bad start when Hayley Matthews was adjudged leg-before-wicket to the first ball of the match off Diana Baig – who took two wickets and conceded just 19 runs off her four overs.
The innings was built around another purposeful partnership between captain Stafanie Taylor and wicket-keeper Shemaine Campbelle. The pair added 63 for the fourth wicket after Deandra Dottin fell with the score at 28-3 in the seventh over.
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Taylor faced 47 balls and two fours and two sixes – over midwicket and over long-on. Campbelle also hit two boundaries and two sixes off 36 balls to follow up the match-winning 25 not out she made in the first match against Thailand at the WACA Ground in Perth last Saturday. It was Pakistan’s highest ever successful run-chase against West Indies in this format. There previous best was 116.
“Runs again the issue … when you look at the total and the type of batters we have, we should be scoring 150 and above. The batters need to be accountable and take that responsibility. We spoke about the first six (powerplay overs), how hard we want to go and rotating the strike. It was nice for Shemaine and myself to post a score on the board, but losing early wickets we couldn’t really propel,” Taylor told Ian Bishop on the ESPN Caribbean broadcast.
“The bowling has been terrific. The pacers have been really good. Pakistan came out today and played well. There is room for improvement. We keep looking at the areas we need to improve. We need to come out and show our prowess.”
WHAT’S NEXT: West Indies will now travel to Sydney for their third match against England on Sunday, March 1 at the Sydney Showground Oval. First ball is 7 pm (4am Eastern Caribbean Time/3am Jamaica Time).