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Muneeba’s historic century raises Pakistan’s World Cup aspirations

Pakistan made 165 for 5 after they have been despatched in to bat.

Eire have been bowled out for 95, with left-arm spinner Nashra Sandhu claiming career-best figures of 4 for 18.

The margin of the win supplied an enormous increase to Pakistan’s web run charge and lifted their hopes of reaching the semi-finals regardless of dropping to India of their opening match on Sunday.

The marginally-built Muneeba had not beforehand scored a half-century in 44 T20 Internationals though she made an ODI hundred in opposition to the identical opponents in Lahore final November.

Muneeba and Dar (33) shared a third-wicket partnership of 101. Muneeba confronted 68 balls and hit 14 fours.

Eire beat Pakistan 2-1 in a T20 sequence in Pakistan in November however have been outplayed in a match between two sides who misplaced their opening World Cup matches.

“We’re disillusioned with our efficiency,” mentioned Eire captain Laura Delany. “At the beginning, we gave them an excessive amount of width and it was tough to drag it again.”

Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof praised what she described as a “scientific” efficiency.

“We’ve taken ten wickets, in order that’s pleasing. However I nonetheless assume we are able to get higher within the subsequent sport.”

Pakistan’s remaining matches are in opposition to West Indies in Paarl on Sunday and England at Newlands on Tuesday.

Muneeba’s century was the primary by any Pakistan participant in a T20 ladies’s worldwide.

Eire misplaced openers Amy Hunter and Gaby Lewis inside the primary 5 overs.

Orla Prendergast made a spirited 31 off 21 balls and Eimear Richardson hit powerfully to make 28 off 17 deliveries. However Eire by no means threatened to get close to the Pakistan complete.

Sandhu dismissed each the main scorers and was the principle destroyer of the Eire batting.

Pakistan had an damage scare when big-hitting batter Ayesha Naseem suffered what seemed to be a hamstring pressure and needed to go away the sector after chasing a ball to the boundary.


On Thursday, Australian opening batters Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy took the defending champions to a dominant 10-wicket win within the world occasion in opposition to Sri Lanka at St George’s Park in Gqeberha.

Sri Lanka have been restricted to 112 for eight after being despatched in to bat in overcast situations.

It by no means seemed almost sufficient as Mooney (56 not out) and Healy (54 not out) scored freely from the beginning of the Australian innings.

Grace Harris and Megan Schutt have been primarily accountable for Sri Lanka’s average batting efficiency, though all of Australia’s bowlers have been economical on a sluggish pitch.

Harris ran from mid-on and took a spectacular diving catch off Ellyse Perry to finish an aggressive inning by Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu (16) to impact Australia’s first breakthrough with the whole on 30.

Sri Lanka scored 50 within the first seven overs however grew to become becalmed in opposition to Australia’s sluggish bowlers.

Harris took two wickets in an over along with her off-spinners to cut back Sri Lanka to 69 for 3 as they added solely one other 19 runs in seven overs.

Schutt took 4 wickets in her final two overs to stop a late burst of scoring within the ‘dying’ overs.

Wicket-keeper Healy made three stumpings because the Sri Lankan batters tried to interrupt the shackles.

Summarised scores:

Pakistan bt Eire by 70 runs.

PAKISTAN 165-5 in 20 overs (Muneeba Ali 102, Nida Dar 33; A. Kelly 2-27); IRELAND 95 in 16.3 overs (O. Prendergast 31; Sadia Iqbal 2-17, Nida Dar 2-5, Nashra Sandhu 4-18).

Australia bt Sri Lanka by 10 wickets.

SRI LANKA 112-8 in 20 overs (H. Samarawickrama 34; M. Schutt 4-24, G. Harris 2-7); AUSTRALIA 113-0 in 15.5 overs (B. Mooney 56 not out, A. Healy 54 not out). Revealed in Daybreak, February seventeenth, 2023

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