NEWS: West Indies Knock Pakistan For Six

Despite losing the first ODI, West Indies recovered to take all six Women’s International Championship points from their 4-match series with Pakistan.

A below par performance from West Indies in the opening game allowed Pakistan to snatch an upset win in St Lucia, as Pakistan overhauled the host’s 222 thanks to 90 from Javeria Khan.

The Windies looked a little shaky in the second ODI too. After bowling Pakistan out for 149, they made the runs thanks to 49 from captain Stafanie Taylor and 28* from Kyshona Knight, but it took them 47 overs and they lost 7 wickets in the process.

In the 3rd ODI, West Indies looked a bit more like themselves, posting 281 with Taylor again top scoring with 98 and her predecessor as captain, Merissa Aguilleira, contributing 68. Pakistan survived to 50 overs (for the loss of 9 wickets) but scoring at just 3.44 they fell over 100 runs short, with Javeria making 73*.

In the final match, Pakistan again guarded their wickets well, but somewhat at the expense of scoring runs, and a total of 182 off 50 overs would have been plain embarrassing if not for 44* off 43 balls from Asmavia Iqbal at the end of the innings. In reply, Taylor again played the captain’s innings, ending 87* as they chased Pakistan down inside 43 overs.

Pakistan’s real problem is that a scoring rate of well under 4 in all three Championship ODIs isn’t going to win you many matches at this level.

Meanwhile, for the West Indies it was “Job Done”, but it was really Taylor that saved them with the bat, as their bowling looked toothless and their fielding a bit sluggish, with general fitness levels looking very questionable, it has to be said.

Finally… a BIG THANKS to the West Indies Cricket Board for making all of these matches available on live-stream with multi-cameras, the occasional replay and full commentary – it just shows what can be done if there is a will, even when you are one of the poorest boards in the game!

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2 thoughts on “NEWS: West Indies Knock Pakistan For Six

  1. Paragraph 2: ” Pakistan chased down 22 thanks to 90 from Javeria Khan” They chased down 223 actually … typo I’m sure but credit where it’s due!

    Stafanie Taylor looks like a very good player to me. Windies seem to have got the captaincy right now, as Aguillera seems to be performing better with the bat when free of the captain’s role, and Taylor seems to be relishing the latter.

    That first result was a shock, but the series returned to normality after that. Windies still look to be a bit off their best of the last few years though with Dottin in a worrying lull in form. But you’re right, neither side here look like they have the firepower in the bowling department to match say England or Australia. They can tie down opponents with accurate bowling but taking wickets is not easy for them.

    When you look at results, England are really only doing a bit worse than West Indies in the ICC WC competition. We both lost to Australia (England by less) but WI beat NZ whereas we lost to them albeit only 2-1. England’s position is partly due to not having played many of the weaker sides yet.

    Very good online coverage of this series as well, better than expected I agree. Hopefully Pakistan will be more attacking in the T20s.

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