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Rain plays spoilsport again in Bready

Bready, 23 July 2022: The Women’s tri-series involving Pakistan, Australia and hosts Ireland had another washout when the fifth match of the tournament between Australia Women and Pakistan Women was abandoned due to rain at the Bready Cricket Club on Saturday. This result keeps Pakistan unbeaten in the tournament.

This was the second time in the tri-series – both times the same teams were in action when the rain had interrupted the game. Earlier, the opening match of the tournament on 16 July was abandoned due to rain with both sides sharing two points each.

Chasing 95 to win, Australia got off to a brisk start and were 28 for no loss in 4.2 overs when play was stopped due to rain. Had the play went on for four more balls and five overs of play taken place, the result would have been determined on DLS.

Australia are top of the table with 12 points from four matches in the tournament. Pakistan are on the second spot with eight points, winning one match from three outings. Ireland occupy the last position with no points from three matches.

Earlier, after winning the toss for the third time in as many games, Bismah Maroof opted to bat first. The opening batters Iram Javed and Muneeba Ali provided a 21-run partnership for the first wicket as Iram (nine off 14) became the first batter to make her way back to the pavilion. 

Iram’s partner Muneeba fell for 19 off 23 balls, striking two fours as the scorecard read 38 for three in the ninth over. In between Omaima Sohail was the second wicket to fall with 30 runs on the board at the end of the sixth over.

The only notable partnership for Pakistan was between captain Bismah and Aliya Riaz. The pair stitched 30 runs for the fifth wicket. The right-handed Aliya was unfortunately run-out for 14. She faced 17 balls and struck one four. Bismah top-scored and returned undefeated on 32 off 39 balls, hitting one four.

For Australia, Jess Jonassen was the most successful bowler with match figures of 4-0-17-4. Nicola Carey bagged two wickets for 16 from her four overs.

Pakistan will now take on Ireland tomorrow at the same venue.

Scores in brief:

Match called off due to rain

Pakistan Women 94-8, 20 overs (Bismah Maroof 32 not out; Jess Jonassen 4-17, Nicola Carey 2-16)

Australia Women 28-0, 4.2 overs