Kycia Knight, Matthews propel Barbados to victory against Pakistan

Barbados Girls 144 for 4 (Kycia 62*, Matthews 51, Sana 2-41) beat Pakistan Girls 129 for six (Dar 50*) by 15 runs

Half-centuries from Hayley Matthews and Kycia Knight helped Barbados open their Commonwealth Video games marketing campaign towards Pakistan with a 15-run win in Birmingham on Friday.

Having been requested to bat, Barbados scored 144 for 4, using on the duo’s 107-run partnership for the second wicket after they’d misplaced explosive opener Deandra Dottin for 8 off 5 balls. Kycia, Barbados’ wicketkeeper-batter, top-scored with an unbeaten on 62 off 56 balls, hitting 9 fours in her second T20I half-century. Matthews performed cautiously, scoring 51 off 50 balls, which included 4 fours and a six. It was her fifth T20I fifty.

Pakistan medium pacer Fatima Sana broke the century stand by having Matthews caught behind within the 18th over. Sana additionally eliminated Kyshona Knight within the ultimate over of the innings to finish with the figures of two for 41.

Chasing a goal of 145, Pakistan misplaced a primary wicket off the primary ball of the chase, when Iram Javed was caught behind off Shamilia Connell. Pakistan went on to lose opener Muneeba Ali and Omaima Sohail contained in the 9 overs, and captain Bismah Maroof’s laboured innings of 12 off 28 balls got here to an finish when she was run out within the eleventh over.

Coming in at 40 for 3 within the ninth over with Pakistan desperately needing momentum, skilled allrounder Nida Dar raised the tempo with an unbeaten 50 off 31 deliveries, her fifth T20I half-century. Nevertheless, with Aliya Riyaz struggling on the different finish – she made 14 off 24 – Pakistan could not sustain with the required run charge and ultimately fell quick by 15 runs. Connell, Aaliya Allene, Matthews and Dottin took a wicket every for Barbados.

Pakistan play India subsequent on Friday, whereas Barbados will face Australia on Sunday.

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