Pakistan women defeated West Indies women for the first time in an ODI series as they clinch the three-game series by 2-1 in the UAE on Monday.
After losing the first match by a huge margin of 146 runs, the Girls in Green made an impressive comeback in the next two matches, winning them by 34 and four wickets respectively.
Pakistan’s skipper, Bismah Maroof is ecstatic after the maiden ODI series win against the West Indies, who is one of the strongest sides of the world at the moment.
“It is a special feeling,” said the captain. “The way we played T20I series and the way we stood up after the first game, all the players deserve credit for the win.”
Maroof specially mentioned bowlers, who bowled brilliantly in the series, including the senior pro Sana Mir, Nashra Sandhu, Diana Baig and Nida Dar. Moreover, she hailed the efforts of batters, especially Sidra Amin, who impressed her captain with her batting.
“We were working hard, we had a belief that we can beat West Indies, we had complete support from the management,” she said. “All girls stood up and we executed our plans perfectly,” she added.
According to the left-handed batswoman, the win against the Windies will help promote the sport among girls.
“We are role model for young girls and we want to inspire them. The way we played the T20I series at our home, I hope we would have impressed them and youngsters will follow us,” she said.
Earlier, West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first. The visitors’ skipper, Stefanie Taylor remained the highest scorer for her team with 52 runs off 95 deliveries. Deandra Dottin, Shemaine Campbell and Afy Fletcher were the only other batters to score in double figures with 28, 26 and 21 runs respectively.
Three wickets from each Diana Baig and Nashra Sandhu restricted the visitors to 159 runs. While, Sana Mir, Kainat Imtiaz and Aliya Riaz got one wicket in the inning.
As Pakistan came out to chase, Sidra Ameen and Nahida Khan contributed 32 runs together for the opening partnership, before Khan fell after scoring 15 (22).
Javeria Khan had a handy 44-run partnership with Ameen, before the one-down batter got out on a score 24 (49).
Pakistan had few hiccups before reaching the target as they lost Sidra Ameen, Bismah Maroof and Aliya Riaz for 52, 5 and 5 runs respectively. However, Nida Dar contributed useful 26 runs, while Kainat Imtiaz and Sana Mir took their team home.
Shakera Selman and Stefanie Taylor took two wickets each, whereas Shamilia Connell and Deandra Dottin struck once in the inning.