Healy stars as Aus­tralian women ham­mer Pak­istan by 52 runs

Stabroek News - - SPORT - By Ro­mario Sa­ma­roo

Three-time tour­na­ment win­ners, Aus­tralia pow­ered to a 52-run win over Pak­istan in the sec­ond match of the Women’s World T20 at the Providence Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Aus­tralia posted 165-5 while con­tain­ing Pak­istan to 113-8 from the full quota.

Wicket-keeper bats­man, Alyssa Healy and her open­ing part­ner Beth Mooney missed out on half-cen­turies af­ter both held out to field­ers on the bound­ary ropes for 48 while their cap­tain, Meg Lan­ning’s 41-run cameo pro­pelled the team to the re­spectable to­tal head­ing into the night with the ball turn­ing.

Healy, speak­ing at the post match event said it was a good toss to win and was happy to be given the free­dom to go out and “see ball, hit ball” while Pak­istan’s Nida Dar felt 150 was a par score on the sur­face but pin­pointed the slow bowlers, of which four were in the XI, as not do­ing their job.

Healy and Mooney were in­no­va­tive in their shot se­lec­tion and took on the Pak­istani bowlers, putting on 72 for the first wicket. Healy looked to bring up her half cen­tury but only found Nadiha Khan on the long on bound­ary to de­part af­ter hit­ting eight fours and one six in her 29-ball in­nings.

Mooney fol­lowed her open­ing part­ner and at­tempted to up the scor­ing rate but was dis­missed while es­say­ing her sev­enth bound­ary.

Lan­ning shared a 36 partnership with Mooney as well as Ash­leigh Gard­ner be­fore the later de­parted for 13.

Lan­ning slapped three fours and a six be­fore she stepped across to the leg side in or­der to give her­self room for a fuller de­liv­ery on the off­s­tump and got a bot­tom edge on a cross bat that de­flected into the bot­tom of mid­dle stump. The bowler was Aliya Raiz.

El­yse Vil­lani was run out in the same over af­ter be­ing caught be­tween a ‘yes-no’ call­ing with Rachel Haynes.

Pak­istan lost wick­ets steadily to the young spin­ners from ‘down un­der’. Nine­teen-year-old leg­break bowler, Ge­or­gia Ware­ham sti­fled the scor­ing with 2-18 from her three overs while 21-yearold off-breaker Gard­ner and So­phie Mo­lineux with her left arm or­tho­dox were eco­nom­i­cal. Aus­tralia In­nings A. Healy c. Khan b. Raiz B. Mooney c. So­hail b. Sandhu M. Lan­ning b. Raiz A. Gard­ner c. Dar b. Sandhu E. Vil­lani run out (Mahroof) R. Haynes not out E. Perry not out Ex­tras: To­tal : Did not bat: S. Mohneux, M. Schutt, G. Ware­ham, D. Kim­mince Fall of wicket: 1-72, 2-108, 3-144, 4-158, 5-159 Bowl­ing: A. Amin (4-0-34-0), S. Mir (4-0-32-0), N. Dar (4-0-31-0), N. Sandhu (4-0-43-2), A. Riaz (4-0-26-2)

Pak­istan In­nings A. Za­far b. Schutt N. Khan c & b Kim­mince U. So­hail run out(Kim­mince/Healy) B. Mahroof c. Ware­ham b. Gard­ner J. Khan (c) C. Headly b. Mo­lineux N. Dar st. Healy b. Ware­ham A. Raiz c. Healy b. Ware­ham S. Mir not out S. Nawaz st. Healy b. Schutt N. Sandhu not out Ex­tras: To­tal:

1-2, 2-27, 3-31, 4-64, 5-72, 6-74, 7-78,

Fall of wick­ets: 8-113 Did not bat: A. Amin

Bowl­ing M. Schutt (4-0-13-2), S. Mo­lineux (4-0-21-1), E. Perry (1-0-12-0), D. Kim­mince (4-0-21-1), G. Ware­ham (3-0-18-2), A. Gard­ner (4-0-23-1)

Aye­sha Za­far, while at­tempt­ing a big swing, found the ball sneak­ing un­der her bat and rock­et­ing into the stumps in the first over.

Nahida Khan was un­lucky with a low de­liv­ery on the toe of her bat blasted back into the hands of Delissa Kim­mince. Bis­mah Ma­roof top scored with 26 and was sup­ported

by Jave­ria Khan and Sana Mir with 20 and 21 not out re­spec­tively.

Healy was not spec­tac­u­lar be­hind the stumps but was ef­fec­tive af­ter the Pak­istan women looked hooked on us­ing their feet to go down the wicket, giv­ing her enough time to ex­e­cute two stump­ings both of which came on the sec­ond at­tempt.

Alyssa Healy on the go

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