Pakistan ladies 120 for Three (Dar 53, Maroof 53*) beat South Africa ladies 119 for 7 (Tryon 43, Mir Three-14, Dar 2-30) by seven wickets
Captain Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar each struck fifties as Pakistan stormed to a seven-wicket win over South Africa within the first T20I in Pretoria. After Sana Mir’s Three for 14 helped limit the hosts to 119 for 7, Maroof and Dar shared an 89-run third-wicket stand to information Pakistan’s chase. Dar fell moments earlier than the end result was sealed however she scooped up the Participant of the Match award for her half in serving to Pakistan to a 1-Zero lead within the five-match collection, Maroof remaining unbeaten on 53.
Pakistan misplaced Javeria Rauf within the first over of their chase however Maroof walked in at No. Three and calmed any early jitters with a brace of boundaries within the third over, the second by way of a very candy pull to the sq. leg boundary. Maroof and Umaima Sohail ticked by the Powerplay at near a run a ball, with Sohail spanking six off a Marizanne Kapp full toss earlier than she was dismissed by medium pacer Tumi Sekhukhune.
However Maroof discovered an ready accomplice in Dar, who laced the second legit supply she confronted to the duvet boundary and continued in cruise management as South Africa struggled to interrupt by. Having seen off the hosts’ vaunted tempo assault, Maroof and Dar set to work on the spinners, with Maroof sweeping Sune Luus’ first ball to the backward sq. leg boundary and Dar swiping two extra fours within the legspinner’s subsequent over.
Maroof was first into the 40’s, however Dar accelerated previous her to achieve fifty first with a swatted six over further cowl. Having acquired to the brink of victory, Pakistan made barely heavy climate of the ultimate push, with Dar bowled for 53 having a swipe at Klaas with simply two runs wanted. Iram Javed performed out the wicket maiden and, after Maroof handed her the strike at the beginning of the 18th over, tapped away 4 dot balls earlier than a fast single sealed the end result.
Dar had additionally performed an important half with the ball, her 2 for 30 complementing Mir’s efforts as Pakistan’s two leading wicket-takers on this format shared 5 wickets to hinder South Africa’s efforts. Mir struck twice within the very first over, trapping Lizelle Lee in entrance of her stumps after which discovering Tazmin Brits’ outdoors edge.
Additionally they misplaced Kapp contained in the Powerplay, and when Mignon du Preez chipped a catch to mid off and Luus was bowled by Mir for 10, the innings was in peril of meandering utterly astray at 49 for five within the 13th over. A 54-run stand between Chloe Tryon and Shabnim Ismail repaired a number of the injury, however South Africa had loads of floor to make up after their top-order failures and their eventual whole was simply bettered by Dar and Maroof.