First T20I: West Indies beat Pakistan women by 71 runs


KARACHI: West Indies women team beat Pakistan by 71 runs in first T20 International at Southend Club of Karachi on Thursday.

Chasing the target of 160-2, Pakistani team were bowled out at 89 runs. Apart from Javeria Khan (19) and Captain Bismah Maroof (38), no player of the home team managed to enter in double figure.

SS Connell took three wickets for the visiting team. Earlier, Dottin scored an explosive 90 on 60 balls, while Nation hit a half-century on 35 balls after West Indies won the toss and decided to bat first.

Both teams are playing in Pakistan after 2004 when West Indian team toured the country for seven One Day Internationals (ODIs) and single Test match.

This is Pakistan’s 100th T20I, out of which the green shirts have won 40 games and lost 56. Meanwhile, West Indian team has played 112 T20Is, winning 65 and losing 41. In one-on-one matches, West Indies is leading by 6-1 in nine T20Is.

On Wednesday, the Windies arrived in Pakistan for three Women’s Twenty20 Internationals starting 31 January, marking the first visit by their team to the country in 15 years.

Excitement was high in the squad led by stand-in captain Merissa Aguilleira, with the players keen to do their bit to bring cricket back to Pakistan.

“I’m pleased we can bring back cricket to Pakistan,” the experienced Aguilleira said. “Because it’s really important. If we find ourselves in this position, I believe one of the teams would step up and try to help us.”