New Zealand clean sweeps se­ries against Pak­istan

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SHAR­JAH: Pak­istan Women con­ceded sev­en­wicket de­feat in the fourth and fi­nal Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional, which gave New Zealand a 4-0 sweep of the se­ries, here at Shar­jah Cricket Sta­dium on Tues­day

Han­nah Rowe picked up her se­cond suc­ces­sive three-wicket haul and So­phie Devine teed off in bruis­ing style as New Zealand achieved the vic­tory with nine overs to spare.

New Zealand had also won the pre­ced­ing three­match One-Day In­ter­na­tional se­ries, which is part of the ICCWomen’s Cham­pi­onship, 2-1.

Af­ter Pak­istan got to 89 for 8 from its 20 overs, Devine smashed seven fours and a six in get­ting to 41 off 17 de­liv­er­ies dur­ing an open­ing stand of 56 with Amy Sat­terth­waite (35 in 31 balls). Ai­man An­wer picked up two wick­ets in the space of four de­liv­er­ies to de­lay the re­sult, but New Zealand quickly closed out the chase, reach­ing 93 for 3 af­ter 11 overs.

Pak­istan got off to a de­cent start but then failed to kick on af­ter Bis­mah Ma­roof elected to bat. Nahida Khan and Sidra Ameen, the open­ers, put on 21 and Jave­ria Khan chipped in with a mea­sured 36 from No. 3 as Pak­istan found it­self rea­son­ably placed at 51 for 3 at the end of 10 overs.

How­ever, New Zealand clamped down on the scor­ing rate in the se­cond half of the in­nings with the medium-paced duo of Rowe and Holly Hud­dle­ston in the fore­front. Rowe, who had picked up 3 for 18 in the third T20I on Sun­day, re­turned with fig­ures of 3 for 22 this time, while Hud­dle­ston fin­ished with 2 for 16, Pak­istan man­ag­ing just 38 runs in the last 10 overs.

Devine then be­gan like a house on fire, pep­per­ing the boundary with an al­most equally ag­gres­sive Sat­terth­waite for sup­port. Natalia Per­vaiz felt the full fury of the New Zealand pair as her medium pace went for 18 in her only over, and by the time Anam Amin, the left-arm spin­ner, breached Devine’s de­fences, the match was as good as in the bag for the visit­ing side.

With the end im­mi­nent, An­wer trapped Sat­terth­waite in front for, and then had Suzie Bates, the cap­tain, caught for six. But Maddy Green and Katey Martin saw New Zealand home with­out fur­ther dam­age.

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