In Karachi, Pakistan Women secured a commanding seven-wicket triumph over South Africa in the second PAKW vs. SAW T20I encounter on Sunday, driven by Sidra Ameen’s stellar 61-run performance and a strong bowling performance.
Tasked with pursuing a target of 151 in the second PAK vs. SAW T20I, Pakistan exhibited remarkable composure as they successfully reached the objective, losing just three wickets and with five balls to spare.
However, the hosts experienced a divergent beginning to their chase, losing the promising young opener Shawaal Zulfiqar (4) with only 23 runs on the scoreboard after four overs.
Soon after, opener Sidra Ameen joined forces with the experienced Bismah Maroof, igniting a remarkable recovery by accumulating 68 runs for the second wicket. However, both batswomen fell in successive overs, with Pakistan’s score at 102/3 in the 15th over.
Bismah contributed a cautious 26-ball 27, including a boundary, while Sidra Ameen excelled with a career-best 61 from 44 balls, featuring six boundaries and a six.
After the back-to-back dismissals, wicketkeeper-batswoman Muneeba Ali and Aliya Riaz formed a vital partnership to keep Pakistan in contention. Their 54-run alliance was instrumental in the chase, with both scoring briskly.
Aliya Riaz, who sealed the victory with a powerful six on the first delivery of the final over, remained unbeaten with a score of 31 from 18 deliveries. Meanwhile, Muneeba Ali concluded not out with 26 runs from 15 balls, including two boundaries and a six.
South Africa’s bowling attack was led by Nonkululeko Mlaba, who claimed 2/20, followed by Delmi Tucker, who secured one wicket.
Summary of second PAKW vs. SAW T20I
In the second PAKW vs. SAW T20I, South Africa, choosing to bat first, once again amassed a total of 150/3 on the board, with openers Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits taking charge.
The formidable opening pair frustrated the Pakistani bowlers with a solid partnership of 74 runs before Nashra Sandhu provided a crucial breakthrough by dismissing the South African captain.
Wolvaardt, on the cusp of a well-deserved half-century, was unfortunate as she fell just nine runs short. She compiled 46 runs from 34 deliveries, featuring six boundaries.
Following Wolvaardt’s departure, Brits was joined by Marizanne Kapp, and the duo constructed a crucial 37-run partnership until Kapp’s dismissal in the 17th over.
Kapp was South Africa’s top scorer in the second PAK vs. SAW T20I, amassing 46 from 48 balls, including two boundaries and a six.
With both well-set batswomen back in the pavilion, Kapp and Nadine de Klerk aimed to bolster South Africa’s total in the latter stages. However, their partnership yielded a modest 19 runs, culminating in Kapp’s run-out in the 19th over. She contributed 26 runs from 24 deliveries, including two boundaries.
In contrast, Klerk remained steadfast, carrying his bat throughout the innings to finish unbeaten with 21 runs from 11 balls, comprising four boundaries.
For Pakistan Women, Nashra Sandhu and Sadia Iqbal managed to claim one wicket each in the encounter.