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Mooney and McGrath masterclass keeps Australia unbeaten

Australia 160 for two (McGrath 78*, Mooney 70*) beat Pakistan 116 for 8 (Sana 35*, McGrath 3-13) by 44 runs

An unbroken third-wicket partnership price 141 between Tahlia McGrath and Beth Mooney rescued Australia from a shaky begin in opposition to Pakistan to safe a 3rd win from as many matches on the Commonwealth Video games.

Australia – already assured of a spot within the semi-finals – had slumped to 19 for two inside the primary six overs earlier than McGrath hammered her solution to 78 not out off 51 balls and Mooney reached an unbeaten 70 off 49 at Edgbaston. It was the fourth time McGrath has gone unbeaten in her six profession T20I innings. McGrath additionally took 3 for 13 from three overs as Pakistan’s pursuit of 161 faltered.

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.

Healy was dropped off the bowling of Diana Baig within the first over when she despatched a thick edge to first slip, the place Omaima Sohail failed to carry on. The injury was restricted, nevertheless, when Healy fell with out including to her rating within the subsequent over edging a wonderful supply from Fatima Sana which angled in, discovered the within edge and clattered into leg stump.

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.

After six overs Pakistan had been forward of the curve at 32 for two however wanted one thing huge from captain Bismah Maroof. She loved a let-off when she spooned Ash Gardner straight to mid-off the place Harris shelled a easy probability.

Alana King, who took a career-best 4 for 8 in Australia’s nine-wicket victory over Barbados, entered the assault instantly afterwards and struck straight away, bowling Sohail with a magnificence that brushed the pad and hit leg stump two-thirds of the way in which up. When Aliya Riaz was run out, successfully sacrificed by Maroof who despatched her again midway via a second run, Pakistan slumped to 47 for 4 within the tenth over.

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

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