At the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS), on Sunday, Pakistan defeated UAE by a score of 71 runs thanks to an undefeated half-century from Aliya Riaz. With eight points from four games and second place on the points table, Pakistan’s victory also secures their spot in the semi-final.
Pakistan was given the opportunity to bat but lost their opening batsman Sidra Amin (two off six) in the fourth over with 14 runs already scored. In the eighth over, Pakistan had 41 for three, putting them in trouble. Captain Bismah Maroof joined Muneeba, but the left-handed Bismah left without scoring after hitting seven off 12 balls, and Omaima Sohail was out on the first ball.
A right-handed person Muneeba was joined by Aliya Riaz, and the two batters put together a 36-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Muneeba hit five fours and a six to score 43 off 45 balls. Next to fall was Ayesha Naseem (one-off four), and both hitters were bowled by Esha Oza, who finished with three wickets for 22 runs from her four overs.
The player of the match from India’s victory, Nida Dar, joined Aliya in the middle as the team reached 78 for five in 14.2 overs. For the sixth wicket, the two all-rounders put up an uninterrupted 67-run partnership off just 34 runs. Seven fours and three soaring sixes were struck throughout the partnership. Player of the match Aliya scored an unbeaten 57 off 36 balls, hitting five fours and three sixes, while Nida scored 25 off 17 balls and hit four boundaries. In 20 overs, Pakistan scored 145 for 5.
In response, UAE only managed to score 74 for five in their 20 overs and never seemed like they would be able to chase down the mark. Khushi Kumar led the team in scoring with a perfect 19-ball 20 that featured two fours. Each of Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal, Nashra Sandhu, and Aiman Anwar claimed a wicket.
On October 11, Pakistan will now play Sri Lanka in their last group game. The top team will take on the fourth-ranked team in the first semi-final, which will take place on October 13. The second semi-final will feature the teams that finished second and third in the group round. The grand finale will take place on October 15th.
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