All-rounder Matthews leads WI Women to series win over Pakistan
SUMMARY: West Indies Women 153 (Dottin 34, Matthews 26, Fatima Sana 2-19, Amin 2-21, Sohail 2-25) beat Pakistan Women 116 (Sohail 27, Javeria 24, Matthews 4-26, Connell 3-18)
Chasing 154, Pakistan were 111-5 at one stage but lost their last five wickets for just five runs, to be bowled out in 39.2 overs. Matthews was the most successful bowler for West Indies, picking up 4-26 with her off-spin.
Like in the first ODI, Pakistan opted to field after winning the toss. Unlike in the first ODI though, the decision seemed to work in their favour as medium-pacer Fatima Sana dismissed Rashada Williams and Kyshona Knight cheaply to have West Indies 31-2 in the 12th over.
Deandra Dottin and captain Stafanie Taylor tried to stabilise the innings by adding 33 for the third wicket before Dottin was run out for 34. Taylor, Matthews and Shemaine Campbelle all scored useful 20s, but none of them could reach 30 as the Pakistan bowlers kept striking at regular intervals.
Muneeba Ali and Sidra Ameen started the chase in a sedate manner; at the end of the powerplay, Pakistan were 24 for no loss. However, they could add only three more before Shakera Selman had Muneeba caught behind in the 13th over. Ameen fell soon after, lbw to Matthews for 11, leaving Pakistan 39-2.
Javeria Khan and Sohail took the side past 50 before the former was run out for 24. In the next over, Matthews removed Iram Javed to make it 75-4. And when Anisa Mohammed sent back Aliya Riaz, all Pakistan’s hopes hinged on Sohail.
Sohail found an ally in Sana and the two added 31 for the sixth wicket. They had brought it down to 43 required from 56 balls when Matthews castled Sana for her third wicket.
From the other end, Shamilia Connell bowled both Sohail and Nashra Sandhu in the space of three balls to all but seal the game. (ESPNcricinfo)