About the Match
Just like the earlier game of the day, this game is between the teams sitting at the opposite ends of the table. Pakistan Women take on Australian women on 5th July at Grace Road, Leicester. Just as we anticipated prior to the start of the tournament, Australia have made a brilliant start in their quest to defend the title, Pakistan have lost all their three games. While the Australian fan might be considering this game as a mere formality, the Pakistanis would like to fight back hard. Upsets have been a major part of ICC events historically, and Pakistan will want to do that once again.
Since their start to the tournament, they've only rolled down the slope. Although the eventual result was a three-wicket loss for Pakistan against South Africa, the game was closer than the stats would suggest. Against England, they couldn't even come within touching distance of a victory and conceded the game by 107-runs. They had a realistic chance to score their first win of the competition against India as they had the now-table-toppers tottering for 111 for six wickets down. They, however, failed to chase a modest total and eventually folded out for 74-runs.
Their spinners did well against India, who otherwise have been on a run-scoring rampage. Nashra Sandhu returned with the figures of 4 for 26 in his quota of 10 overs. Their batting wasn't as good as none other than Sana Mir and Nahida Khan could touch the double-figure mark. To present some sort of challenge to the defending champions, Australia, Pakistan would have to improve a lot as far as their batting is concerned and if they can do that, they can definitely cause some troubles for Australians.
Meg Lanning has been a standout performer for the defending champions. They had a relatively close game against Sri Lanka, which was their first game, but they've been clinical after that. Their spinners Jess Jonassen, Amanda Wellington and Ashleigh Gardner have managed well to tighten the screws in the middle overs and picking up the wickets.
Nicole Bolton was fabulous in their first two games as she scored a fifty and a hundred. The Kiwi bowlers managed to keep the Australian top-order quiet, but middle-order ensured of no more hiccups in the chase. Elysse Perry has been brilliant with both bat and ball. Her average of close to a 100 prior to coming to this competition in recent years validates her ability with the bat. She has supported the strike bowlers well with her bowling.
With the batting lineup consisting of the likes of Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Nicole Bolton and Elysse Perry and in such fine form, any total being chased or scored is a possibility. With a semifinal spot within the sight, the Australians will love to seal the match and get one step closer to the knockouts.
Cricket is a funny game and a lot of strange things have happened in Cricket. Pakistan could cause an upset here in Leicester, but for that to happen, they'd have to play out of their skins, which looks improbable if not impossible considering the form they're in. Considering the way things have panned out for both the sides in the competition, placing the money on the Aussie win would be the way to go