August 15, 2022
Recent Match Report – Australia Women vs Pakistan Women 9th Match, Group A 2022

Australia 160 for 2 (McGrath 78*, Mooney 70*) beat Pakistan 116 for 8 (Sana 35*, McGrath 3-13) by 44 runs

An unbroken 141-run third-wicket partnership between Tahlia McGrath and Beth Mooney saved Australia from a shaky start against Pakistan and secured their third win out of as many matches at the Commonwealth Games.

Australia – already assured of a semi-final spot – were reduced to 19 for 2 within the first six overs before McGrath scored an unbeaten 78 off 51 balls and Mooney scored an unbeaten 70 off 49 at Edgbaston. Scored a run. This was the fourth time that McGrath had remained unbeaten in her six career T20I innings, McGrath also took 3 for 13 in three overs as Pakistan’s target of 161 runs faltered.

Pakistan exited the tournament without a win in their three matches, meaning the winner of the evening’s match between India and Barbados would advance to the knockout stages along with Australia from Group A.

dream start for pakistan

Claiming the prized wickets of Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning, Pakistan could not have expected a better start after restricting gold medal favorites to 22 for 22 in the Powerplay with only four runs each.

Healy was dismissed in the first over by Diana Baig when she sent a thick edge at first slip where Omaima Sohail failed to catch it. The damage was limited, however, when Healy fell into his score in the next over without an excellent delivery from Fatima Sana, who found the inside edge and hit the leg-stump.

Sadia Iqbal, playing her first match of the game, then went past the stumps to beat Lanning in the sixth over. After six overs, Australia had got boundaries only three times and were scoring runs at a run rate of 3.67.

McGrath, Mooney issue wake-up call

McGrath and Mooney began to gain control, adding 36 runs in the next four overs to score 58 for 2 at the halfway point of the innings. After scoring 30 off 24 balls, McGrath was declared lbw to Iqbal when she hit the back pad in an attempt to reverse sweep, but overturned the review decision with replays showing that the ball had brushed his gloves on the way.

McGrath’s shot placement was excellent. He hit two fours in three balls off Sohail, masquerades over cover and scored a fifty in 37 balls in the next over before proceeding with a powerful drive from Iqbal to the rope at long-off at long-off near backward square leg. flowed through.

Mooney completed his half-century in 42 balls and also extended the century stand by taking a single off Aiman ​​Anwar. The 19th over, bowled by Sana, went for 21 runs, which included a six each off Mooney, launched at deep square leg, and McGraw Finer but there was plenty of power behind it. Twelve runs off Anwar’s final over, including four from McGrath, via a full toss to end the innings, were Australia’s command.

Pakistan’s chase dashed

Pakistan were 8 for 2 after just two overs, with Megan Schutt dismissing Muniba Ali in the third ball of her reply, slashing Darcy Brown straight to backward point. Brown then attempted to pull Grace Harris over short midwicket with the wicket of Iram Javed in the next over.

Pakistan were 32 for 2 after six overs but needed something massive from skipper Bismah Maroof. He enjoyed the let-off when he threw Ash Gardner straight to mid-off, where Harris gave an easy chance.

Alana King, who took a career-best 4-wicket haul in Australia’s nine-wicket win over Barbados, entered the attack soon after and hit immediately, bowling Sohail with a beauty that brushed the pads and hit the leg-stump two- UP hit third. When Alia Riaz was run out, effectively sacrificed by Maroof, who sent her back halfway through the second run, Pakistan were reduced to 47 for 4 in the 10th over.

McGrath shines with the ball

McGrath made a brilliant all-rounder effort with three wickets including two in two balls. She was well caught by King Ayesha Naseem, who was running round to long on to take a high inside the rope.

He then ended Maroof’s hardworking innings of 23 off 32 balls when a missed drive to Jess Jonassen at mid-on and Touba Hassan was trapped lbw the next ball. When Baig left the hat-trick ball out alone, Healy flashed a smile from behind the stumps at first slip, where Lanning stood once again, and dropped a catch that would have given King a hat-trick in the previous match. Sana remained unbeaten on 35, but her team fell far behind.

Valkerie Baynes is the General Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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