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West Indies Women Cricket team clean sweep Pakistan ODI Series

In a commanding display, Hayley Matthews’ brilliant 141 guided the West Indies Women Cricket team to a comprehensive victory over Pakistan in the 3rd ODI, securing a clean sweep for her team in the series.

West Indies Women Cricket team Batting

  • Matthews Takes Charge: The West Indies captain, Stafanie Matthews, took control of the match from the very beginning. Having won the toss, she decided to bat first, a decision that proved crucial.
  • Slow Track, Big Runs: The Karachi pitch wasn’t ideal for batting – it was described as “somewhat sluggish,” meaning it wasn’t offering much bounce or pace for the bowlers. Despite this challenge, Matthews dominated the Pakistani bowlers.
  • Sandhu Tries to Contain: Pakistan’s bowler Nashra Sandhu was the lone bright spot, picking up 3 wickets. However, her efforts were not enough to stop the West Indies batters from scoring freely.
  • West Indies’ Imposing Total: The West Indies capitalized on their strong batting performance, putting up a daunting total of 278 runs on the board for the loss of only 6 wickets. This put immense pressure on the Pakistani team to chase down a big score.
  • Matthews – The All-rounder: Stafanie Matthews continued her impressive form from the previous match, where she scored an unbeaten 140. In this ODI, she not only displayed her batting prowess but also chipped in with 2 crucial wickets for just 26 runs in her 8 overs of bowling, showcasing her all-round abilities.

Pakistan Women Cricket team’s Bumpy Chase

  • Steep Challenge: Pakistan Women Cricket team faced a monumental task from the very beginning. Chasing a target of 278 runs was always going to be difficult, especially on a slow pitch.
  • Early Setbacks: Unfortunately for Pakistan, their batting innings started poorly. They lost wickets early on, putting them on the back foot from the get-go.
  • Lone Warrior – Muneeba Ali: Muneeba Ali was the only Pakistani batter who showed some fight. She managed to score a decent 38 runs, trying to anchor the innings.
  • Batting Collapse: Apart from Muneeba Ali, the rest of the Pakistani batters failed to capitalize. They couldn’t build any substantial partnerships and were dismissed cheaply. This resulted in a batting collapse, leaving them with a mountain to climb.
  • A Glimmer of Hope Fades: Towards the end, a late partnership between Aalia Riaz and Fatima Sana provided a brief spark of hope. However, the target was simply too big, and they eventually fell short. The partnership came “too little, too late” to save the match for Pakistan.

West Indies’ bowlers, led by Aaliyah Alleyne’s 2 for 10, maintained a stranglehold over the Pakistani batsmen, ensuring there was no late drama. The victory, by 88 runs, was a fitting conclusion to a dominant series for the West Indies Women Cricket team.

Although the match was a dead rubber, the West Indies’ performance highlighted their superiority in the series. With the T20I series next on the agenda, Pakistan will be eager to regroup and put up a stronger showing in the upcoming matches.

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