Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - All-round Dar shines as Pakistan script dramatic win over Ireland. Dar made 26 off 15.
Dar made 26 off 15.
Nida Dar's multi-dimensional performance was at the forefront of Pakistan's come-from-behind win against Ireland in a rain-marred encounter at the Bready Cricket Club on Tuesday (July 19).
Having opted to bat, Pakistan endured a steady powerplay before rain set in for a reasonable amount of time, thereby reducing the contest to 14-overs-a-side. On resumption, the Pakistan batters struggled to force the pace in the shortened innings before Dar's breezy 15-ball 26 helped them post a competitive total. Her pyrotechnics meant that Pakistan were able to double their score in the last five overs.
Chasing a DLS-adjusted target of 97, Ireland didn't back down from the chase and began with a flourish, as openers Rebecca Stokell and Gaby Lewis plundered 25 runs off the first two overs to give the innings the perfect start. However, just like she had done with the bat, Dar swung the momentum once again, this time with the ball. Her first over of the game (third of the innings) went for just five runs and it set the tone for Pakistan's fightback.
Runs started to dry as the bowlers stuck to their plans and bowled to their fields. Despite the slowdown and Stokell's departure, Ireland still seemed comfortable with Lewis going smoothly and they needed run-a-ball for the last 38 runs with nine wickets in the shed. Most days, you'd back the chasing team to close things off but Ireland's girls, somewhat like their men's side in recent weeks, weren't able to land the knockout punch.
Pakistan's bowlers kept squeezing the run-rate and eventually, Ireland slipped to a defeat out of nowhere. That Lewis batted almost till the very end and couldn't still accelerate speaks volumes of how well Pakistan bowled and fielded at the death.
Brief scores: Pakistan92/5 in 14 overs (Muneeba Ali 29, Nida Dar 26, Jane Maguire 2-19) beat Ireland83/6 in 14 overs (Gaby Lewis 47, Nida Dar 1-10, Fatima Sana 1-12) by 13 runs (DLS method)