Pakistan Women annihilated Japan Women courtesy a superb maiden century by Nida Dar and devastating bowling by Sadia Yousuf, who bagged a six-wicket haul, to win by a huge margin of 246 runs in their International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup Qualifier Group B clash.
Winning the toss, Pakistan put up a challenging total of 272 for nine in their allotted 50 overs. Their start, however, was an ordinary one, as openers Marina Iqbal and Qanita Jalil were quickly sent back to the pavilion with the score on 33.
However, Dar was in her element and shared a third-wicket stand of 96 with Bismah Maroof, who made 35, to consolidate Pakistan’s position.
Dar’s 124 came off 139 deliveries and included eight hits to the fence and one maximum.
Asmavia Iqbal hit a quickfire 22-ball 39 to give the innings a boost at the end, guiding Pakistan through to an imposing total.
For Japan, Ema Kuribayashi returned fine figures of three for 31 off nine overs.
In reply, Japan never looked like posing any threat to Pakistan’s total, and were bundled out for a paltry 26, with Yousuf returning outstanding figures of six wickets for two runs off her seven overs. Mariko Yamamoto (10) was the only player to cross double figures as Japan were bowled out in 28 overs.
Pakistan, who finished second in Group B, now face the Netherlands tomorrow in a crucial playoff where the winners will ensure a berth in the 2013 World Cup.
Meanwhile, West Indies Women beat Bangladesh Women by 80 runs while South Africa Women outclassed Zimbabwe Women by 10 wickets as both victorious teams confirmed their places in the World Cup. In another match, Sri Lanka Women defeated the US Women by eight wickets.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 21st, 2011.
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