Australia 160 for two (McGrath 78*, Mooney 70*) beat Pakistan 116 for 8 (Sana 35*, McGrath 3-13) by 44 runs
Pakistan had been bundled out of the event after going winless from their three matches, that means that the winner of the night match between India and Barbados would progress to the knockout phases with Australia from Group A.
Dream begin for Pakistan
Pakistan could not have hoped for a greater starting after proscribing the gold-medal favourites to 22 for two within the powerplay, having claimed the prized wickets of Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning, each for simply 4 runs every.
Sadia Iqbal, taking part in her first match of the Video games, then struck within the sixth over with a gem to beat Lanning and pegged again off stump. After six overs, Australia had discovered the boundary simply thrice and had been scoring at a run fee of three.67.
McGrath, Mooney situation wake-up name
McGrath and Mooney started to regain management, including 36 runs within the subsequent 4 overs to recuperate to 58 for two on the midway level of the innings. After reaching 30 from 24 balls, McGrath was adjudged lbw to Iqbal when she was struck on the again pad trying to reverse sweep, however overturned the choice on evaluate with replays exhibiting the ball had brushed her glove on the way in which via.
McGrath’s shot-placement was elegant. She stroked two fours in three balls off Sohail, muscled over cowl and swept via backward sq. leg earlier than transferring to a 37-ball fifty within the subsequent over with a robust drive to the rope at long-off from the bowling of Iqbal.
Mooney introduced up her fifty in 42 balls with a single off Aiman Anwer to additionally elevate the century stand. The nineteenth over, bowled by Sana, went for 21 runs, together with a six every to Mooney, launched over deep sq. leg, and McGrath finer however with loads of energy behind it. Twelve runs off the ultimate over, by Anwer, together with 4 from McGrath via cowl off a full toss to shut the innings, had Australia in command.
Pakistan’s pursuit falls flat
Pakistan had been 8 for two after simply two overs with Megan Schutt eradicating Muneeba Ali with the third ball of their reply, slashing straight to Darcie Brown at backward level. Brown then chimed in with the wicket of Iram Javed within the subsequent over, skying an tried pull to Grace Harris at brief midwicket.
McGrath shines with the ball too
McGrath capped an exquisite all-round effort with three wickets, includuing two in two balls. She had Ayesha Naseem effectively caught by King, operating spherical to long-on to take a excessive one simply contained in the rope.
Then she ended Maroof’s laboured innings of 23 from 32 balls when a miscued drive sailed to Jess Jonassen at mid-on and, subsequent ball, trapped Tuba Hassan lbw taking part in throughout a straight one. When Baig left the hat-trick ball alone outdoors off, Healy shot a smile from behind the stumps at first slip, the place Lanning stood as soon as extra, having dropped a catch there which might have given King a hat-trick within the earlier match. Sana completed unbeaten on 35, however her staff fell effectively brief.
Valkerie Baynes is a common editor at ESPNcricinfo