Lanning, Litchfield give Australia a comfortable victory over Pakistan

BRISBANE Captain Meg Lanning and opener Phoebe Litchfield were the reason the Australian women’s team comfortably defeat Pakistan 8 wickets to none in their opening game of the three-match Day international series played at Allan Border Field on Monday.

After Litchfield lost her friend Beth Mooney early on, Lanning and Litchfield scored 137 in the second inning. Diana Baig, a cricketer for Pakistan, swept her clean. who was making her comeback after having a shoulder ailment prevent her from participating in the Ireland series in November of last year.

Pakistan could have made it more difficult in the eyes of Australia If Muneeba Ali did not resist an opportunity to catch at the point of speed bowler Fatima Sana, who was able to disarm Lanning who was playing at six at the point.

PAKISTAN batter Nida Dar hits a shot into the opposite side in the inaugural One-day International against Australia at the Allan Border Field on Monday.–courtesy PCB

There was no turning at the Australian skipper after that. The left-hander hit nine boundary boundaries as she played a 76-ball run for 67, before being caught by Omaima’s spin.

Litchfield On his own pushed Australia to victory by contributing the equivalent of 78 runs in 92 balls, with the aid of nine fours as well as six.

All-rounder Nida Dar’s half-century in the earlier innings, when Pakistan was struggling at 338, bolstered the team.

Nida and Captain Bismah Maroof partnered for 46 runs to start Pakistan’s comeback. Who got 28 off 46 runs, and then the team’s score was competitive because to Aliya Riaz’s (11) and Sidra Nawaz’s (14) contributions.

In the process, Nida played 88 deliveries to score 59 runs. Who amassed two wickets, which is nearly Darcie Brown’s total.

The second ODI will take place at the same location on Wednesday.

Summary scores

PAKISTAN 160-8 over 40 balls (Nida Dar 59, Bismah Maroof 28, Sidra Nawaz 14 not out Darcie Brown 2-21, Jessica Jonassen 2-23); AUSTRALIA 155-2 with 28.5 overs (Phoebe Litchfield 78 not out, Meg Lanning 67).


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