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!