LEICESTER: Pakistan began their campaign in the ICC Women’s World Cup on a heartbreaking note on Sunday when South Africa sealed a thrilling three-wicket victory here at the County Ground.
Chasing 207, South Africa launched their innings superbly as Laura Wolvaardt (52 off 87 balls, five boundaries) and Lizelle Lee (60 off 79, eight fours and three sixes) put on 113 for the first wicket.
But Pakistan pulled back by taking seven wickets in the space of 64 runs to leave South Africa struggling at 177-7. However, Sune Luus (15) and Shabnim Ismail (22) saw their side over the line in an unbroken stand of 30.
Earlier, Nahida Khan ensured Pakistan reach a competitive total after South Africa opted to field first. The opener scored 79 from 101 balls with the aid of nine fours and one six.
Meanwhile, India beat hosts England by 35 runs at Derby on the opening day of the tournament on Saturday.
India piled up an imposing 281 for three in their 50 overs thanks to fifties from Smriti Mandhana (90) and Punam Raut (86), who put on 144 for the first wicket, as well as 71 from skipper Mithali Raj.
Saturday’s other match saw 2000 champions New Zealand hammer Sri Lanka by nine wickets at Bristol.
Ayesha Zafar b Kapp 9 Nahida Khan run out 79 Javeria Khan b Daniels 17 Bismah Maroof st Chetty b van Niekerk 10 Nain Abidi st Chetty b Luus 22 Kainat Imtiaz c Kapp b Daniels 13 Asmavia Iqbal c Daniels b Ismail 27 Sana Mir c Chetty b Ismail 15 Sidra Nawaz not out 1
EXTRAS (B-2, LB-3, W-7, NB-1) 13
TOTAL (for eight wkts, 50 overs) 206
FALL OF WKTS: 1-10, 2-43, 3-61, 4-124, 5-157, 6-158, 7-201, 8-206.
DID NOT BAT: Nashra Sandhu, Sadia Yousuf.
BOWLING: Ismail 9-0-52-2 (1nb, 1w); Kapp 10-1-48-1 (2w); Khaka 10-1-33-0 (1w); Daniels 10-4-21-2 (1w); van Niekerk 5-0-14-1; Tryon 2-0-15-0 (1w); Luus 4-0-18-1.
L. Wolvaardt run out 52 L. Lee lbw b Sana 60 T. Chetty c Javeria b Bismah 11 M. du Preez c Asmavia b Sadia 30 M. Kapp run out 1 C.L. Tryon b Sadia 3 D. van Niekerk run out 5 S. Luus not out 15 S. Ismail not out 22
EXTRAS (W-8) 8
TOTAL (for seven wkts, 49 overs) 207
FALL OF WKTS: 1-113, 2-124, 143, 146, 5-155, 6-152, 7-177.
DID NOT BAT: M. Daniels, A. Khaka.
BOWLING: Asmavia Iqbal 10-0-55-0 (1w); Sadia Yousuf 10-0-30-2 (1w); Sana Mir 9-1-27-1 (1w); Nashra Sandhu 10-2-32-0 (1w); Kainat Imtiaz 8-0-56-0 (3w); Bismah Maroof 2-0-7-1.
RESULT: South Africa won by three wickets.
UMPIRES: L. Rusere (Zimbabwe) and Sharfuddoula (Bangladesh).
MATCH REFEREE: S.R. Bernard (Australia).
PLAYER-OF-THE-MATCH: Shabnim Iqbal.
Published in Dawn, June 26th, 2017