Pakistan ended a 13-year wait for a Women’s World Cup win when they stunned the West Indies in a rain-stricken match in the 2022 edition of the flagship showpiece at Hamilton’s Seddon Park. After limiting 89/7 in play with 20 overs-a-side,
Pakistan rode on patient 37 (43 balls) of Muneeba Ali to shoot down the total with 7 balls left. Captain Bismah Maroof and Omaima Sohail stitched a 33-run tie for the 3rd wicket to take Pakistan past the finish line.
Nida Dar was the star of the match for Pakistan on Monday as she took 4 wickets and allowed just 10 runs in her 4-over spell as the West Indies struggled to get going in Hamilton.
Anam Amin was spectacular as she gave up only 6 runs in her 4-over period, including one girl.
Diandra Dottin scored the highest score for the West Indies with 27, but there was hardly any other contribution from the rest of their batting lineup.
Pakistan had not won a World Cup match since beating the West Indies in Sydney on March 14 in the 2009 edition of the tournament. Between then and now, Pakistan lost 18 matches in the 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2022 editions.
Earlier in the tournament, Pakistan had come close to stunning South Africa, but they came just short of the 224-run goal by just 7 runs. They had limited Bangladesh to 234/7 in their previous match of the Women’s World Cup in 2022, but a middle-class collapse despite Sidra Ameen’s hundred saw them lose by 9 runs.
On Monday, however, Pakistan did not repeat the same mistakes as they took full advantage of the truncated match terms and chased the West Indies’ paltry goal without any panic.
TOP 4 RACE SPECIFICATIONS UP
Pakistan’s first win at the Women’s World Cup in 2022 has fueled the race for the places to the semi-finals. While the girls of Bismah Maroof are unlikely to reach the top 4 with just a 5 match win, the West Indies are in a tough spot after losing their 3rd match in 6 matches.
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People like India and England, who occupy 4th and 5th place respectively, will dream, while New Zealand, which is reeling with just 2 wins in 6 matches, has a chance of reaching the semi-finals.