Bismah Maroof of Pakistan, winner of the Player of the Match award against South Africa , poses with the trophy at West End Park International Cricket Stadium in Doha yesterday. Bismah top scored with 60 runs to help Pakistan register a four-wicket win. Yesterday’s win was the second successive win for Pakistan in the Tri-nations women’s tournament played on a double league format. The top two teams from the league stage will clash in the final on January 18. PICTURE BY: ABDUL BASIT
DOHA: Pakistan defeated South Africa by four wickets to register their second successive win in the Tri-nations women’s One-Day International cricket tournament here yesterday.
Pakistan who were set a target of 126 by South Africa romped home losing six wickets and with five balls to spare at West End Park International Cricket Stadium.
Bismah Maroof top scored for Pakistan with 60 runs and clinched the Player of the Match award.
Bismah, who came at the crease with Pakistan reeling at 16 for 2 in 8.3 overs, steadied the innings but lost her wicket with victory in sight.
The 23-year-old left hander was dismissed with the scores tied at 125 in the 49th over.
Her knock contained three boundaries and came in 133 balls.
Javeria Khan (29), Sana Mir (10) and Asmavia Iqbal (13 not out) were the other Paksitan scorers who reached double figures.
Earlier, South Africa who won the toss and elected to bat scored 125 for 8 with Marizanne Kapp top scoring with 44 runs.
For Pakistan, Nida Dar was the most successful bowler with four wickets.
Yesterday’s win was the second successive win for Pakistan in the tournament played on a double league format.
MELBOURNE: Aaron Finch struck his second 50-over hundred as Australia maintained their dominance over England with a six-wicket victory in the first One-Day International yesterday.
Finch (121) and fellow opener David Warner (65) dazzled while captain Michael Clarke contributed 43 brisk runs as the hosts eased to a victory target of 270 with 4.2 overs to spare.
Earlier, half-centuries from Gary Ballance (79) and Eoin Morgan (50) helped England put behind a wobbly start and post 269 for seven wickets after captain Alastair Cook had opted to bat first.
The 163-run stand between Finch and Warner in 28 overs laid the foundation for Australia’s comprehensive win which prolonged England’s misery Down Under after their test series whitewash.
Australia’s openers enjoyed their share of luck with Finch dropped by Ballance on eight and Warner, when on 22, called back from the boundary line after replays could not establish conclusively Jos Buttler had taken a clean catch behind the stumps.
Warner eventually holed out in the deep off Joe Root to depart after a 72-ball knock that included five boundaries and a six off Chris Jordan.
Jordan dismissed Shane Watson for a two-ball duck in the next over but Clarke and Finch scored freely to kill the contest.
Balance eventually caught Finch in the 40th over off Ben Stokes, ending his 128-ball blitz.
England suffered an early blow when Cook edged the fourth ball of the day to perish caught behind for four.
Clint McKay (3-44) claimed his second victim in Root (three) to reduce the tourists to 22 for two before Ian Bell and Ballance steadied the ship.
Bell reverse-swept Xavier Doherty for a boundary and slog-swept Glen Maxwell for a six to reach 41 before attempting a repeat of the same shot only to be clean bowled by Doherty.
Morgan joined Ballance in the middle for England’s most productive partnership, adding 83 runs from 14.1 overs with some cheeky shots and sharp running between the wickets. AFP