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In the second match of PCB Qatar Women’s T-20 series Pakistan set target of 98 runs for Ireland to chase. Despite of early wickets fall, Ireland because of striking partnership between Isobel and Cecilia Joyce accomplished the target sparing 2 balls. They won the match by six wickets.
Match Report: Pakistan V Ireland; 2nd match; West End Park International Cricket Stadium, Doha (neutral venue) 19 January 2014
Ireland won the toss & gave Pakistan the opportunity to set the target. Unlike the 1st match, Pakistani bowlers failed to strike this time. While defending the target of 98 runs only Sania Khana managed to get 2 wickets and a run out. Besides her Sadia Khan gave the initial breakthrough. Ireland was at 35 with 3 of its players down. It needed 63 runs of the last 12 overs when twins Isobel and Cecilia Joyce put up a winning partnership. Joyce scored highest 30 runs & remained not out, while Isobel got out at the score of 28. Joyce was named Man of the match for her remarkable batting and bowling.
Earlier Pakistan while batting lost 2 quick wickets at the score of 38 runs. Sidra Ameen who was quite set on the crease was bold by Joyce. After her Nida Dar & Bismah Maroof together put of 59 runs on the scoreboard making Pakistan reach at the score of 97 by the end of 20th over at the cost of four wickets.
Ireland 98 for 4 (Cecelia Joyce 30*) beat Pakistan 97 for 4 (Dar 28) by six wickets.
Player of the match: IMHC Joyce (Ireland Women)
by Daniel Grummitt
South Africa 95-6 (Loubser 25no) beat
Pakistan 94 (Ismail 3-25, Daniels 2-13) by 4 wickets
Women’s 50-Over Tri-Series Final, Doha
South Africa made it back-to-back wins over Pakistan to win the Qatar International Women’s Cricket Championship in Doha. Whereas Wednesday’s win was in a dead-rubber, today they triumphed in the tournament final to defeat the nominal hosts Pakistan.
It was another low-scoring affair as Pakistan collapsed from 56 for two to be all out for just 94 after being asked to bat. Shabnim Ismail took three for 25, while Moseline Daniels and Sunette Loubser took two apiece.
South Africa’s run chase was far from straightforward as they lost two early wickets before a brief partnership and then two more quick wickets left them on 38 for four. However, 31 year-old Loubser followed up her excellence with the ball by hitting a steadfast unbeaten 25 off 73 balls as the Proteas won in the 44th over by four wickets.
Pakistan had again begun steadily after being asked to bat by Mignon du Preez. Openers Sidra Ameen and Javeria Khan put on 20 in nine overs before Ismail struck to remove the former for five and Nain Abidi’s poor form continued when she was dismissed by Daniels – playing her first match of the tournament – in the very next over.
Eventual player of the tournament Javeria and new batter Bismah Maroof, though, looked to be establishing a promising position for their side with a third-wicket stand of 34. Unfortunately, Javeria’s dismissal at the hands of Loubser was to mark the beginning of the end as a steady stream of wickets followed.
Maroof was sent back by Marizanne Kapp (8-2-13-1) two runs later for 14, with only Nida Dar of the subsequent batters reaching double figures. Dane van Niekerk (4-2-3-1) got the important wicket of skipper Sana Mir (8), while Ismail picked up Asmavia Iqbal (5) and Batool Fatima (1).
The Proteas then lost Lizelle Lee and du Preez inside the first four overs of their run chase to Asmavia Iqbal and Sana Mir respectively. Kapp and Trisha Chetty began the rebuild with a useful partnership of 23 for the third-wicket, but they were removed in the very same over by Sumaiya Siddiqi.
At 38 for four after 21 overs, the game was anyone’s. Shandre Fritz and Loubser soon re-established the initiative for their side by adding 31 for the fifth-wicket. Fritz hit two boundaries before being caught by Sadia Yousuf off Nida Dar when on 19. Dar also removed Chloe Tryon for seven, but, by then, South Africa needed only two to win. Van Niekerk joined Loubser to seal the win as the Proteas completed a tournament that began for them with a washout against Ireland and then a defeat to Pakistan by lifting the trophy.
The three sides – Ireland, Pakistan and South Africa – will now play each other again in a Twenty20 tri-series, which begins on Sunday with a double-header when Pakistan and South Africa do battle once again, before the former play Ireland in the evening.
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