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The Pakistan Women’s team is currently touring South Africa for three ODIs and three T20I series. The first ODI was held today in Durban, where the hosts defeated the visitors by three runs in a thrilling match.
First Innings report
Winning the toss and elected to field first, Pakistan women found early success in Diana Baig, who claimed the wickets of Lizelle Lee (duck) and captain Sune Luus (12) to leave South Africa women at 24-2. There was a partnership between Laura Wolvaardt (40) and Lara Goodall (27) for 60. But Baig again struck, this time attempting a run-out of Wolvaadrt. Quick wickets saw SA-W at 88-4.
Another 64 runs were added between Mignon du Preez (29) and Marizanne Kapp (47). However, the partnership was broken. This time, SA-W suffered a mini-collapse. They went from 171-6 to 197-9. Eventually, South African women were restricted to 200-9 in their 50 overs. Pakistan women’s best bowlers were Diana Baig (3-46) and Nashra Sandhu (2-23).
Second innings report
The chase was not too sweet for the visitors as Pakistan women were restricted to 78-5. Two batswomen were ran-out. They were met with a good recovery stand of 51 between Aliya Riaz and Nida Dar. Riaz (28) was dismissed, and Pakistan women lost two more wickets in the space of eight runs picked by Shabnim Ismail, who ended her spell with 3-42.
Pakistan women were 137-8 in 40.4 overs. In a twist, Nida Dar paired up with Diana Baig for an unbeaten 60 runs stand. Nida Dar brought her fifty while Diana was supporting. The match came down to the last ball, where Pakistan women required four of the last ball. Unfortunately for PAK-W, Diana could not hit the boundary.
South Africa Women won by three runs and go 1-0 up in three match ODI series.
Shabnim Ismail was awarded the player of the match award for her spell of 3-42, including a vital 20 in South Africa women’s innings.
South Africa 200 for 9 (50) beat Pakistan 197 for 8 (50)
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