Opener Sophie Devine struck forty one off 29 balls and adopted it while using the wicket of Ayesha Zafar to underpin New Zealand women’s 15-run victory during the first T20I in Sharjah. After Devine and wicket keeper-batsman Katey Martin (46) took New Zealand women of all ages to 147, the slower bowlers strangled Pakistan’s chase.
had had a strong commence for their chase with Zafar and Nahida Khan including 44 to the opening partnership. Each batsmen fell in successive overs but captain Bismah Maroof and Javeria Khan fixed the chase by putting on 47 to the 3rd wicket in forty five balls. When seamer Lea Tahuhu experienced Maroof caught guiding, Pakistan wanted fifty four from their last five overs.
Thamsyn Newton, who claimed
2 for 22, as well as spinners then tightened the noose across the batsmen to limit Pakistan to 132 for 7.
Before, New Zealand shed their captain Suzie Bates for any duck during the 1st above, but Devine and Katie Perkins steadied the facet by using a 68-run stand with the next wicket. They stumbled when the two batsmen fell in brief succession, but Martin strike 4 fours along with a six to haul the rating in close proximity to 150. This, inspite of New Zealand getting rid of five wickets of their last five overs. Left-arm spinner Sadia Yousuf was the choose in the bowlers for Pakistan, ending with 3 for thirty.