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Pakistan earns famous World Cup win over West Indies Women

West Indies Women were restricted to 89 from their 20 overs in a rain-shortened match, allowing Pakistan to earn their first win in the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup.

Fatima Sana of Pakistan celebrate the wicket of Hayley Matthews of the West Indies during the 2022 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup match between West Indies and Pakistan at Seddon Park on March 21, 2022 in Hamilton (Photo: ICC)

Pakistan has ended their 18-match losing streak in the tournament while the West Indies remain third on the points table with six points. They have played six matches with only one more league match to go against South Africa on Thursday.

The last time Pakistan had won a match in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup was also against the West Indies.’

Rain delays the start of play before the 2022 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup match between West Indies and Pakistan at Seddon Park on March 21, 2022, in Hamilton, New Zealand (Photo: ICC)

The match got underway five hours later than scheduled after a herculean effort from the ground staff to clear the standing water, with Pakistan winning the toss and choosing to bowl.

The West Indies’ leading run-scorer Hayley Matthews never got going as she was dismissed for one from seven balls.

Stafanie Taylor survived being dropped on nought but failed to find the boundary like Dottin, whose dismissal also signalled the end of the West Indies’ attacking intent.

They ended on 89 for seven after 23 runs from the final two overs, though Pakistan sat safely in the knowledge that they had chased down 124 against the Windies in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.

Eventually, Pakistan was left needing 33 runs in 46 balls. They smashed the winning runs to end their 13-year drought with an eight-wicket victory.

Australia has already qualified with five straight wins while South Africa are second having won all their four matches so far.

West Indies Women's Assistant Coach, Corey Collymore said, "I think we've been struggling all tournament and it's finally caught up with us, we didn't bat well enough today. We haven't had consistent performances from our batters, we've only had one player for each game getting scores. The reduced overs shouldn't have mattered, we needed to put a score on the board and pressure the opposition. I don't think we soaked the pressure up enough with the bat nor ball. We have one more game to go, we'll sit and have a discussion. We'll go into it with a positive mindset looking to win the game."

West Indies Women will travel to Wellington where they will take on South Africa in their final group stage match at Basin Reserve on March 24. (ICC)


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