Pakistan Women emerged victorious against South Africa Women in the third One-Day International (ODI) of the South Africa Women tour of Pakistan 2023. Played at the National Stadium, Karachi, this match witnessed Pakistan Women’s determined performance as they clinched the victory in the last and final game of the series.
South Africa Women’s Innings
South Africa Women won the toss and elected to bat first, setting a target for Pakistan Women. Their innings began on a challenging note as Laura Wolvaardt departed early, scoring no run. However, Tazmin Brits (32 runs) and Nadine de Klerk (60 runs) provided some resistance, contributing significantly to the South African total. Unfortunately, no other batter managed to make a substantial impact, and they were bowled out for 185 runs in 48.1 overs.
Pakistan Women’s bowlers displayed exceptional teamwork, with Sadia Iqbal, Nida Dar and Nashra Sandhu taking two wickets each. Diana Baig, Waheeda Akhtar and Aliya Riaz also made valuable contributions with the ball.
Pakistan Women’s Innings
Chasing a target of 186 runs, Pakistan Women’s innings got off to a steady start. Despite the early loss of Sadaf Shamas (13 runs), Sidra Ameen and Bismah Maroof formed a crucial partnership for the second wicket. Ameen led the charge with an impressive 68 runs off 82 balls, while Maroof contributed 60 runs off 98 deliveries. Their partnership guided Pakistan Women to a comfortable victory.
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With just two wickets down, Aliya Riaz (19 runs) joined in to provide the finishing touches as Pakistan Women achieved the target with eight wickets in hand, posting a total of 186/2 in 38 overs.
The Result and Player of the Match
Pakistan Women secured a consolation eight-wicket victory over South Africa Women in the three-match series. Sidra Ameen’s splendid performance with the bat earned her the well-deserved title of Player of the Match.
Pakistan defeated South Africa by 8 wickets 🏏
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With this victory, Pakistan Women managed to reduce the difference of series defeat, losing it by 2-1. The series featured competitive cricket from both sides and showcased the talent and determination of women’s cricket teams.
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