Aliya Riaz’s 49 and two wickets apiece from Fatima Sana and Nida Dar led Pakistan Women to a 52-run over Thailand Women in a low-scoring encounter at Takashinga Sports Club in Harare on Tuesday.
This was Pakistan Women’s first win in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier. Pakistan Women’s lost their first match of the qualifier to Bangladesh by three wickets on Sunday. Opting to bat first, Pakistan were bowled out for 145 in the 48th over. Coming to bat at number six, Aliya batted brilliantly and emerged as top scorer with 49 runs off 66 balls, which included six fours and one six.
Pakistan Women Captain Javeria Khan also played well and gathered significant 38 runs off 90 balls with the help of five fours. For Thailand, Thipatcha Putthawong bowled well and picked up five wickets for 18 runs, while Sornnarin Tippoch chipped in with two wickets for 19 from 10 overs.
In return, only four batters from Thailand managed to enter into double figures with Nattaya Boochatham emerging as top scorer as she played 51 balls to collect 18 runs. With impressive bowling by Pakistani bowlers, Thailand were bowled out for 93 in the 43rd over. Fatima and Nida were especially superb with ball and claimed two wickets each conceding 8 and 26 runs, respectively. Anam Amin, Diana Baig, Nashra Sandhu and Omaima Sohail bagged one wicket each. Pakistan Women will now play their next match against Zimbabwe on Saturday.
SCORES IN BRIEF
PAKISTAN WOMEN 145 all out, 48 overs (Aliya Riaz 49, Javeria Khan 38; Thipatcha Putthawong 5-18, Sornnarin Tippoch 2-19) beat Thailand Women 93 all out, 42.5 overs (Nattaya Boochatham 18; Fatima Sana 2-8, Nida Dar 2-26).