Nothing is turning out to be in favor of Pakistan’s women team, the unit has shown a deplorable performance once again and the result is as expected: a bitter defeat. After a 2-1 loss in the T20 series, the women in green have also lost the first ODI against West Indies.
Windies women won the 1st ODI by a huge margin of 146 runs, they were perfect in all departments whether it was batting, bowling or fielding.
Windies Women team shine
The visiting team won the toss and elected to bat first and this increased worries for Pakistan as the pitch clearly favored the side batting first. Opener Kycia Knight fell a victim to Sana Mir’s deceiving delivery which Pakistan an early breakthrough. However, nothing worked for the Pakistani bowlers after that.
Experienced West Indian batters, Deandra Dottin and Stefanie Taylor played a stunning inning of 96 and 58 runs respectively. The bowlers seemed helpless in front of these two prolific batters. Deandra, in particular, displayed great power as she struck shots all over the park.
Shemaine Campbelle also made an impressive cameo and contributed 26 runs.
Kainat Imtiaz then slowed things down for West Indies as she took 3 wickets down the order allowing Pakistan to redeem themselves. West Indies were able to make 216 runs at the end of 50 overs. Although one expected a much higher score, after the dismissal of Deandra and Stefanie, Windies women couldn’t make an impact.
Pakistan’s disappointing innings
Although the total was not a huge one, it looked as if the girls were chasing a target of 300, probably that is why they came under so much pressure that they forgot to bat.
The whole team got out on an embarrassing 70!
Just two women entered into double figures i.e. Nahida Khan (23) and Javeria Khan (21). All the experience went vain as Sidra Ameen, Nida Dar and Umaima Sohail failed to make runs.
Even Sana Mir couldn’t save Pakistan’s sinking ship and could only manage 8 runs. The result was a depressing loss which clearly reflected that our girls are still not equipped and trained to play against tough international teams.
Tough questions to answer
The horrible performance has raised many questions for PCB, when will the board truly invest in women cricket and how will they ensure the flow of talented female players in the domestic circle? Will we continue ignoring women cricket infrastructure in Pakistan or invest in it?
If the answers to these questions aren’t given then we’ll continue to falter every time.
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Pic Credits: ESPN Cricinfo