Pakistan bow out of Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup

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Pakistan journey at the inaugural ICC Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup came to an end when they were beaten by 103 runs by New Zealand by 103 runs in the Super Six stage match on Tuesday.

A target of 179 runs proved too much for Paki-stan, who could only manage 75 runs by the end of 20 overs, losing seven wickets during their chase.

Opener Eyman Fatima, who had been exceptional throughout the campaign, and her partner Shawaal Zulfiqar were dismissed for ducks while Warda Yousaf, captain Syed Aroob Shah and Laiba Nasir failed to go past single figures.

Aliza Khan was cleaned up by Tash Wakelin af-ter scoring 11 off 26 before Areesha Noor — Paki-stan’s best batter — departed for 24 off 39. Anosha Nasir stayed unbeaten on 11.

With the ball, Anoosha claimed three wickets for 32 runs, extending her tally of wickets in the tourna-ment to 10 in five games. She broke the brisk open-ing stand between Emma McLeod (32) and Anna Browning (31), who added 47 runs in 29 balls and later dismissed Georgia Plimmer (53) and Paige Loggenberg (0) in the final over of the innings.

Summarised scores:

NEW ZEALAND U-19 178-7 in 20 overs (Georgia Plimmer 53, Emma McLeod 32, Anna Browning 31; Anoosha Nasir 3-32, Mahnoor Aftab 2-46); PAKISTAN U-19 75-7 in 20 overs (Areesha Noor 24; Natasha Codyre 2-14).—Agencies