2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Beth Mooney (70*) and Tahlia McGrath (78*) came together in an unbeaten 141-run stand © Getty
Australia, who had already booked a semifinal spot at the Commonwealth Games, kept their unbeaten run intact after putting up a clinical performance against Pakistan in their final group game on Wednesday (August 3).
The start for Australia, though, wasn’t ideal with the bat as they put up only 22 runs in the powerplay, losing two wickets. Fatima Sana breached Alyssa Healy’s defence in just the second over and Meg Lanning lost her stumps in the final over of the powerplay for a 12-ball 4. But post the first-six, it was all one-way traffic as Australia slowly regained control. Beth Mooney and Tahlia McGrath helped Australia recover from the early blows and stitched a massive partnership for the third wicket.
The two batters managed to bat through without getting dismissed as they added 141 runs. While Mooney finished with an unbeaten 70, McGrath made an unbeaten 78 off just 51 deliveries to help Australia finish with 160 on the board. A target of 161 was always going to be challenging for the Pakistan batting unit and they indeed struggled right from the outset.
Muneeba Ali was dismissed for a three-ball duck in the first over of the chase while Iram Javed was back in the pavilion in the second over as Pakistan were reduced to 8/2. Even though Bismah Maroof and Omaima Sohail ensured their side didn’t collapse, they allowed the required run rate to substantially climb, effectively ending Pakistan’s chances of pulling off an upset.
McGrath also starred with the ball as she kept picking wickets in the middle overs. Fatima Sana was the only batter to put up some resistance as she struck some lusty blows right at the end to guide Pakistan past the 100-run mark as they eventually fell short by 44 runs.
Brief scores: Australia Women 160/2 in 20 overs (Tahlia McGrath 78*, Beth Mooney 70*; Sadia Iqbal 1/28) beat Pakistan Women 116/8 in 20 overs (Fatima Sana 35*; Tahlia McGrath 3/13) by 44 runs