The batting disappointed once again in Pakistan’s fifth World Cup match at Taunton on July 8, 2017 as New Zealand comfortably won their fifth match to amass 7 points. In the lead up to this match, Pakistan were not having the best of tournaments, failing to win a single one of their matches. However this match presented an opportunity to salvage a troubled World Cup campaign with captain Sana Mir earning her hundredth ODI cap, becoming the first female cricketer to play a hundred ODIs for Pakistan. The batting started out with some confidence, with the openers putting up a stand of 35 runs. However no one from the batting order was able to put their hand up and deliver, and Pakistan were all out for 144 in 46.5 overs. The burden of putting up a decent total fell upon the experienced shoulders of Pakistan’s captain, who once again put in a fighting innings by making 50 runs off 86 balls. It was a consummate bowling effort by the New Zealanders, with Leigh Kasperek leading with her off-break, Hannah Rowe causing damage to the middle order and Lea Tahuhu finishing it off by dismissing the defiant Sana Mir.
Pakistan did not put up much fight with the ball either as New Zealand chased the total in just 15 overs. While opener Rachel Priest was dismissed early leaving New Zealand at 12 for 1, it was smooth sailing from there as Sophie Devine played a blinder of an innings: 93 from 41 balls. Amy Satterthwaite put in a supporting innings with 38 runs. Pakistan are now definitively out of the tournament, but New Zealand are well placed to qualify as the top of table heats up. It’s going to be an exciting next few games.
Pakistan vs New Zealand ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 Full Match Highlights
Sophie Devine absolutely dominated the Pakistani attack as she cruised to 93 runs from just 41 balls. She took on each bowler with some sublime attacking cricket, hitting a total of nine sixes throughout her innings—incidentally her six off Marina Iqbal in the eleventh over earned her the record for the highest number of sixes in Women’s ODI. She would had her eyes on the fastest 100, but that proved difficult in a chase of just 144 runs.
Medium pacer Hannah Rowe was the pick of the bowlers for her 3 wickets for just 22 runs in 9 overs. She took key wickets (Javeria Khan, veteran Nain Abidi and Kainat Imtiaz) to critically dent the Pakistani innings. Rowe set up the match for her team and was appropriately awarded the Player of the Match award.
Hannah Rowe nabs Javeria Wadood and Nain Abidi off consecutive deliveries