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After the win against India, the Pakistan International cricket team gave the nation a reason to rejoice and believe in them again but soon after the event was over the women’s team took to the English stage for the start of the ICC women’s world cup which will kick off tomorrow as the English face the kiwi’s looking for a victory to compensate for the loss by the men in navy blue.

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The Pakistani women’s team won against the West Indies team by 5 wickets

With the warm up games now over the teams now wait impatiently to represent their countries on the biggest ICC event for women. During the warm-up games, the Aussies looked most favorable as they took on the Proteas and the Pakistanis and won against both without even breaking a sweat. The Aussies defeated the South African team by 103 runs and defeated the Pakistani team by 8 wickets. The Pakistani women’s team won against the West Indies team by 5 wickets whilst the Indian team defeated the Sri Lankan team by 109 runs and lost to the Kiwis by 7 wickets. The English women were victorious in both of their matches as well and look forward to the start of a great tournament as they host all the others.

Pakistani captain Sana Mir was the best of the bowlers as she took two wickets while Asmavia Iqbal, Kainat Imtiaz, and Sadia Yousaf grabbed a wicket each as well. Abidi struck 81 runs for the team from 86 balls while Maroof scored 75 runs off 80 deliveries.

For the match the Pakistani women won against the West Indies in Leicester, unbeaten half-centuries by Syeda Nain Abidi and Bismah Mahroof helped Pakistan to an easy victory. Being sent into bat first, West Indies scored 246/7 in their given 50 overs. Felicia Walters scored 59 runs from 93 balls while Merissa Aguilera contributed 43 runs off 50 deliveries. Hayley Matthews and Deandra Dottin made 32 runs each for the side. Pakistani captain Sana Mir was the best of the bowlers as she took two wickets while Asmavia Iqbal, Kainat Imtiaz, and Sadia Yousaf grabbed a wicket each as well. Abidi struck 81 runs for the team from 86 balls while Maroof scored 75 runs off 80 deliveries. Shamilia Connell grabbed two wickets whereas Stefanie Taylor took a wicket as well for West Indies.

Australia recorded an eight-wicket win over Pakistan in their final hit-out before the Cup. Australian sent Pakistan in to bat after skipper Meg Lanning won the toss in Leicester on Thursday. Her bowlers responded by bowling out their opponents for 156 in the 47th over, a superb bowling spell by the debutant Fast bowler Sarah Aley who took 4 wickets for just 16 runs off her 7.3 overs.

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As for team India against the Srilankans, Skipper Mithali Raj’s 89-ball 85 helped register a thumping 109-run win at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield. team India got all their department clicking as they bundled Sri Lanka for 166 after a brilliant show with the bat by the top order.

With such versatile results in games which seemed more unpredictable than the Pakistani men’s team, the tournament which is set of to start tomorrow will be an exciting one, to say the least as the women of the cricketing world break stereotypes and prove it to everyone that women are, were and always will be equal to men on any field, even sports. This tournament represents women empowerment especially for places such as Pakistan where gender inequality is still dominant. This tournament will hopefully give a voice which has been neglected in this country for far too long now.

 

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