On Saturday, Australia won the three-match ODI series 3-0 by crushing Pakistan by 101 runs, led by opening batter Beth Mooney’s 133-run knock.
Pakistan’s tour of Australia in 2022/23 started with a dismal performance, losing both matches by 8 and 10 wickets. In the third ODI on Saturday, the green shirts lost the toss and were sent into bat by the hosts after being outplayed by the Aussies throughout the series.
Pakistan took its first wicket when Fatima Sana shattered Pheobe Litchfield’s stumps when Australia batted first. It was Meg Lanning and Mooney who put on a 160-run partnership, with the former making 72 from 70 before being caught by Muneeba Ali on Diana Baig’s delivery.
Having Ali stump Mooney after she scored 133 off 105 balls, Baig put an end to Mooney’s onslaught. The Australian team scored 15 and 30 runs respectively, while Ashleigh Gardner and Annabel Sutherland failed to score big, scoring only 19 and 26 runs respectively. Australia put up an impressive 336/9 from 50 overs at the end of the innings.
The Pakistani bowlers were led by Sana with 3/53, Baig with 2/56, Nida Dar with 2/50, and Omaima Sohail with 1 wicket.
The Pakistani side responded by putting up a 61-run opening partnership, which ended when Sadaf Shams was run out by Sutherland on 30 from 50 balls. The Pakistan skipper Bismah Maroof top-scored 44 off 71 balls before she too was clean-bowled by Gardner. Sidra Ameen made 34 from 66 balls.
Pakistan ended up at 235/7 from their 50 overs, 101 runs short of the target. Nida Dar put up some resistance with a run-a-ball at 29 and Muneeba Ali chipped in with an unbeaten score of 27. Ayesha Naseem, Sana, and Sohail contributed 0, 21, and 17 respectively.
At the conclusion of the third ODI, Mooney was named Player of the Match and Player of the Series.
Today on Tuesday, January 24, Pakistan and Australia will begin the three-match T20I series at North Sydney Oval.
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