Pakistan win their first Women's World Cup match since 2009
Pakistan claimed a dominant win over West Indies in the 20th match of the 2022 ICC Women's World Cup at Seddon Park, Hamilton. The top-order batters helped Pakistan chase down 90 in a rain-curtailed match (reduced to 20-over-a-side). Pakistan won their first match of the ongoing tournament. It was also their first win in the Women's World Cup since 2009.
West Indies were reduced to 63/5 after Pakistan invited them to bat. Only opener Deandra Dottin, skipper Stafanie Taylor, and lower-order batter Afy Fletcher managed to score in double figures for WI. WI crawled their way to 89/7 in 20 overs. Pakistan never faltered in the run-chase, with Muneeba Ali leading the charge. Bismah Maroof and Omaima Sohail got Pakistan home.
Pakistan have won after facing 18 straight defeats in the Women's World Cup. Before beating WI, they had lost all four matches in the ongoing tournament - to India, Australia, South Africa, and Bangladesh respectively. Pakistan have now won only three matches in the history of the Women's World Cup. Before this win, Pakistan won a Women's WC match in March 2009.
Pakistan pace spearhead Nida Dar ripped through the West Indian batting line-up. She took four wickets for just 10 runs in four overs (economy rate of 2.50). It was her third four-wicket haul in One-Day Internationals. Nida achieved her career-best figures in the format (4/10). She was adjudged the Player of the Match for her remarkable spell.
Nida has become only the second Pakistani woman to take 80 or more wickets in ODI cricket, after Sana Mir (151). The former now has 81 wickets from 89 matches at an average of 30.58 (economy rate of 4.03).