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It was a hard-fought T20I series between West Indies and Pakistan Women which the visitors just managed to win 2-1. The two teams are now set to face each other in the second match of the three-match ODI series which is to be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 9th February. The first ODI resulted in an embarrassing defeat for the hosts as they bundled out for just 70 in a chase of 216. The Pakistan women took some time to get in the groove in the T20 series as well and we expect them to put up a better performance as compared to the one in the first ODI in the upcoming fixture.
Pakistan bowlers did reasonably well after West Indies women asked them to field first. However, it wasn't the early overs which put Pakistan in a good position, but the death overs. Sana Mir got rid of Kycia A Knight in the sixth over of the game without conceding many.
Pakistani bowlers, however, failed to make any inroads thereafter as Deandra Dottin and Stephanie Taylor stitched together a brilliant partnership. Just when the West Indies' batswomen were looking to launch an assault with nine wickets in hand, Kaina Imtiaz got rid of both of those in quick succession to rock West Indies. Thanks to some brilliant death overs bowling, Pakistan pulled back West Indies' total to 216 which at one staged was projected to be somewhere around 240.
It wasn't an imposing total to chase by any standards, but Pakistan batting certainly made it look like one. Barring Nahida Khan and Jahira Khan, none of the Pakistani women got to the double figures as their batting card looked more like a telephone number.
Sidra Ameen, Nahida Khan, Javeria Khan, Bismah Maroof, Nida Dar, Kainat Imtiaz, Aliya Riaz, Sana Mir, Sidra Nawaz, Nashra Sandhu, Diana Baig.
After winning the T20I series, West Indies maintained their superb form in the longer version of the game as well. Batting first, Deandra Dottin and Stephanie Taylor added 143 runs for the third wicket which allowed West Indies to set a platform for the late assault. However, Stephanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin were dismissed, it turned out to be a tough road for West Indies Women as they scored at just over a run a ball in the final ten overs.
Despite going into the second half with not much momentum with them, West Indies women bowlers bowled exceedingly well upfront. Connell got rid of Sidra Ameen in only the second over the innings. After the lethal bowling by their express bowlers in the first powerplay, their win was set up by Dottin and Fletcher who unleashed themselves and picked up six wickets between them.
Overall, the Windies women have done exceedingly well despite playing in unfamiliar conditions. Their batting has batted well in almost all the fixtures and bowlers have picked up wickets at regular intervals. They have been a better side in the tournament thus far and it won't be easy for Pakistan to defeat them in the upcoming matches as well.
Stafanie Taylor, Shakera Selman, Anisa Mohammed, Kycia Knight, Deandra Dottin, Shemaine Campbelle, Chedean Nation, Natasha McLean, Afy Fletcher, Chinelle Henry, Shamilia Connell.
Pakistan have had a sorry story in both the formats of the game in this tour so far. Although they won a game in the T20Is, their win was far from convincing. West Indies women, on the other hand, have looked brilliant in almost all the matches. They have everything going for them in both departments of the game and are our pick to win the upcoming contest between the two sides.