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    England champions of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017

    VILLANI HELPS AUSTRALIA CRUISE PAST SOUTH AFRICA; NAIN ABIDI STEERS PAKISTAN TO WIN

    · Elyse Villani smashed an impressive 137 from just 112 balls – including seven sixes – as Australia notched up 324 for five from its 50 overs.

    · Trisha Chetty and Dane van Niekerk both responded with half-centuries, but ultimately South Africa fell well short in Oakham.

    · Nain AbidI made an unbeaten 81 and Bismah Maroof 75 as Pakistan chased down West Indies’ target of 246 with two overs to spare.

    Australia ramped up its preparations for the ICC Women’s World Cup with a comfortable 103 runs victory over South Africa on Tuesday.

    Elyse Villani stole the headlines at Oakham School as she plundered 137 runs from 112 balls – finding the boundary rope no fewer than 20 times in a scintillating innings, with the reigning World Cup champion posting a score of 324 for five.

    She was ably supported by Ellyse Perry, who made 67 before being run out by Nadine de Klerk, before veteran Alex Blackwell and Alyssa Healy also chipped in with quick-fire knocks of 32 and 25 respectively.

    The Proteas’ run chase got off to the worst possible start when Lizelle Lee was run out by Beth Mooney without even facing a ball, and opening partner Andrie Steyn (12) followed shortly after as she was caught trapped in front by Jess Jonassen.

    Trisha Chetty did offer some resistance with a measured 62, as did skipper Dane van Niekerk, who also notched up a half century, but Australia turned the screw and bowled tightly for all 50 overs – with Jonassen the pick of the attack, taking three wickets.

    Meanwhile in Leicester, Pakistan’s clash with the West Indies went down to the wire, but Nain Abidi’s unbeaten 81 was the difference in a five-wicket triumph at Grace Road.

    The Windies made full use of its 50 overs, reaching a total of 246-7 as Felicia Walters top scored with 59 before she was caught by Nain off the bowling of Sadia Yousaf (1-44).

    Wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira also impressed with 43 runs, while Shanel Daley produced a thrilling cameo for spectators in Leicester as she bashed 24 off just 12 balls.

    Early wickets for the 2013 finalist had Pakistan wobbling on 63 for three, but when Bismah (75) and Nain came to the crease the result never looked in doubt as their 141-run partnership put their side in the driving seat, Kainat Imtiaz (14 not out) eventually sealing victory in the 48th over.

    Australia faces Pakistan on 22 June, and South Africa plays West Indies in the final WWC warm-up matches ahead of the tournament.

    Scores in brief:

    Australia beat South Africa by 103 runs at Oakham
    Australia 324-5 in 50 overs (Elyse Villani 137, Ellyse Perry 67, Alex Blackwell 32 not out; Ayabonga Khaka 2-47, Marizanne Kapp 1-20, Masabata Klaas 1-50)

    South Africa 221 all out in 49.3 overs (Trisha Chetty 62, Dane van Niekerk 54, Nadine de Klerk 32; Jess Jonassen 3-29, Belinda Vakarewa 2-34, Ashleigh Gardner 1-15)

    Player of the match – Elyse Villani (Australia)

    Pakistan beat West Indies by five wickets at Grace Road, Leicester

    West Indies 246-7 in 50 overs (Felicia Walters 59, Merissa Aguilleira 43, Hayley Matthews 32; Sana Mir 2-46, Asmavia Iqbal 1-31, Sadia Yousaf 1-44)

    Pakistan 249-5 in 47.4 overs (Nain Abidi 81 not out, Bismah Maroof 75, Ayesha Zafar 29; Shamilia Connell 2-39, Stafanie Taylor 1-29)

    Player of the match – Nain Abidi (Pakistan)

    Next matches – Australia v Pakistan, The County Ground, Derby, 22 June; South Africa v West Indies, Lime Kilns Ground, Oakham, 22 June
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    Can't believe more hasn't been made of this.

    We have to help the women's format expand to all corners of the world.


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    Beth Mooney top scored for Australia as it eased past Pakistan by eight wickets in its final warm-up match ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

    Captain Meg Lanning opted to put Pakistan in to bat and the opening pair of Ayesha Zafar and Nahida Khan saw off the first spells of Ellyse Perry and Megan Schutt.

    But teen-aged seamer Belinda Vakarewa did make a breakthrough as she forced Ayesha into misplaying a shot that fell straight into the hands of captain Lanning.

    That opened the floodgates, Sarah Aley chipping in with four wickets as Pakistan was bowled out for 156. Nahida top-scored with 51.

    In reply, Australia openers Nicole Bolton and Mooney put on 61 runs before Bolton was caught for 31 off the bowling of Diana Baig.

    That left Mooney to take the role of aggressor as she reached her half-century off 56 balls, before retiring on 63.
    Lanning and Rachael Haynes saw Australia home as it chased down the target off just 23.2 overs.

    In the day’s other warm-up game, South Africa’s Masabata Klaas took four for 14 as her side thrashed West Indies by six wickets at Oakham.

    Opening batter Hayley Matthews top scored for the West Indies with 19 as it collapsed to 63 all out from 23.5 overs.
    Moseline Daniels, Chloe Tryon and Sune Luus all chipped in with a wicket each in a dominant bowling display.

    In reply, South Africa needed just 19 overs to reach its target as opener Laura Wolvaardt top scored with 26 from 41 balls.

    West Indies was able to take some positives from the bowling performance of Anisa Mohammed, who took two for six from just two overs.

    South Africa reached its total for the loss of four wickets, with more than half its allotted overs to spare. The
    West Indies side faces Australia in Taunton in its opening World Cup game on 26 June, while South Africa plays Pakistan in Leicester.

    Scores in brief

    Australia beat Pakistan by eight wickets at Leicester
    Pakistan 156 all out in 46.4 overs (Nahida Khan 51, Bismah Maroof 39, Ayesha Zafar 21; Sarah Aley 4-16, Jess Jonassen 3-23)

    Australia 159-2, in 23.2 overs (Beth Mooney 63 retired, Meg Lanning 40 not out, Nicole Bolton 31; Diana Baig 1-32)

    Player of the match - Beth Mooney (Australia)

    South Africa beat West Indies by six wickets at Oakham

    West India 63 all out in 23.5 overs (Hayley Matthews 19, Felicia Walters 14, Reniece Boyce 10; Masabata Klaas 4-14, Sune Luus 1-1)

    South Africa 65-4 in 19 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 26, Lizelle Lee 18, Mignon du Preez 12 not out; Anisa Mohammed 2-6, Deandra Dottin 1-16)

    Player of the match – Masabata Klaas (South Africa)


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    If we win this WC, it will give more power to women in sports. We Indians only get hyped after we win something big. Cricket was behind hockey until we won the 83 WC and same goes for rise of T20 interest after the 2007 T20 WC.

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    With history set to be made and the joy of the ICC Champions Trophy still fresh in mind, excitement could barely be higher for the start of the 11th edition of the ICC Women’s World Cup.

    And with eight teams locked together and vying for success on the world stage, the competition could hardly be tighter between captains desperate to get their hands on the trophy at Lord’s on 23 July.

    But before that, there is lots of cricket to be played with all 31 matches being streamed live from Bristol, Derby, Leicester, Taunton and Lord’s, including 10 on television.

    As current ICC Women’s World Cup holder and six-time champion, Australia enters the competition as favourite, but faces stiff competition.

    With Meg Lanning at its helm, Australia boasts the only player to have 10 Women’s One-Day International centuries, while also being part of the successful side in India, four years ago.

    “We’ve got pressure on ourselves to perform well, we hold ourselves to very high standards and we want to uphold them. The pressure is on us but it’s also on a lot of the teams around the competition,” she said.

    West Indies also comes into the tournament with plenty of confidence having lifted the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 just last year, as part of a hat-trick that included the ICC World Twenty20 won by the men’s team and the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup taken home by its colts.

    Captain Stafanie Taylor leads the side in this competition for the first time, with history behind her after becoming the only women’s player to reach ODI and T20I world No.1.

    She said: “When it comes to 50 overs, it’s all about a different mindset. You have to be patient, it’s a longer format, and you do have time.”

    India and host England get the competition underway in Derby, on Saturday, the same day New Zealand and Sri Lanka face off in Bristol.

    England possesses an impressive record at a home ICC Women’s World Cup, winning the competition on both the previous occasions in 1973 and 1993, as well as in Sydney in 2009 with eyes on Heather Knight and her team, bidding for a fourth crown.

    “It’s going to be a brilliant tournament,” said the captain. “The support we have had from the tournament, I think it’s going to be the most visible and supported Women’s World Cup we’ve had."

    However, with India eyeing up its first victory, the challenge won’t start off in easy fashion – particularly with the experience of Mithali Raj, the world’s second highest-capped batter behind Charlotte Edwards.

    "Our first target will be to reach the semi-finals, but for that you need to be able to play good cricket throughout the tournament and have good momentum," she said.

    Alongside Australia and England, New Zealand will be embarking on its 11th World Cup in 2017, keen to lift its first 50-over trophy away from home, as Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite look to reach 100 caps.

    Victorious in 2000, New Zealand finished second the last time it played in the competition in England, while the experienced side also has an ace up its sleeve in 16-year-old leg-spinner Amelia Kerr.

    “To win 100 caps for your country is a big achievement at any time but to do it at a World Cup would be even more special,” said Satterthwaite.

    One of four teams to progress via the World Cup Qualifier, the experience in Sri Lanka’s team could prove vital – with nine players aged 31 or over.

    On the other end of the spectrum, South Africa has no players in that age bracket, with the honour of captaincy falling on 24-year-old Dane van Niekerk.

    She became just the seventh player to reach 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in women’s ODIs in February, becoming the first South African to reach the latter figure.

    She said: “I’m a bit crazy sometimes. I can be laid back but my demeanour is to be aggressive on the field.”

    South Africa lost a tense and thrilling final to India in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier final having already secured its place in England, a path from which Pakistan also qualified for the ICC Women’s World Cup.

    Pakistan will be led by Sana Mir, who could reach 100 ODI caps this tournament, while her haul of 104 wickets is the most by any Pakistan bowler in its history.

    SQUADS:

    Australia: Meg Lanning (captain), Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani and Amanda-Jade Wellington.

    England: Heather Knight (captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield and Danielle Wyatt.

    India: Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parween, Shikha Pandey, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma and Poonam Yadav

    New Zealand: Suzie Bates (captain), Erin Bermingham, Sophie Devine, Maddie Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Thamsyn Newton, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu

    Pakistan: Sana Mir (captain), Asmavia Iqbal, Ayesha Zafar, Bismah Maroof, Diana Baig, Ghulam Fatima, Javeria Khan, Kainat Imtiaz, Marina Iqbal, Nahida Khan, Nain Abidi, Nashra Sandhu, Sadia Yousuf, Sidra Nawaz and Waheeda Akhtar

    South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Trisha Chetty, Moseline Daniels, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Shabnim Ismail, Nadine de Klerk, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Raisibe Ntozhake, Mignon du Preez, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon and Laura Wolfvaardt.

    Sri Lanka: Inoka Ranaweera (captain), Chamari Athapaththu, Chandima Gunaratne, Nipuni Hansika, Ama Kanchana, Eshani Lokusooriya, Harshitha Madhavi, Dilani Manodara, Hasini Perera, Chamari Polgampala, Udeshika Prabodani, Oshadhi Ranasinghe, Shashikala Siriwardena, Prasadani Weerakodi and Sripali Weerakkody

    West Indies: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman and Felicia Walters.


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    SANA KEEN FOR PAKISTAN TO BUILD ON SUCCESS OF MEN’S TEAM

    · Sana Mir is keen for Pakistan to capitalise on her country’s ‘feel-good’ factor

    · Pakistan beat India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval

    · Pakistan begins its ICC Women’s World Cup campaign against South Africa in Leicester

    Pakistani cricket is on a roll after victory in the ICC Champions Trophy – now the Pakistan women’s skipper Sana Mir wants her team to ride that wave of success at the ICC Women’s World Cup.

    Sarfraz Ahmed’s team sprung a surprise earlier this month by beating India in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval, winning the title despite being the lowest ranked qualifier.

    Sana’s side is in a similar position, qualifying through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in February, and currently ranked seventh in the world.

    Having arrived in England at the start of June, the Pakistan team was in Leicester when the men’s final was taking place, and as Sana explains, its exploits have galvanised the country and inspired their female counterparts.

    She said: “During the Pakistan innings (in the final) we were practicing at Grace Road, and then before lunch we saw the last 10 overs of the Pakistan batting and we were super-excited about the way they played.

    “Then we watched the whole second innings and the bowling performance, it’s wonderful to see the men doing so well.

    “It was something that was needed for the country, we’re such a sports loving country and we have been looking for a big win for a long time now so it’s amazing and the people are very happy.

    “The support this time is huge and people are following women’s cricket back home so if we can cause a couple of upsets in our campaign and improve our ranking, it would be great news for our cricket and for Pakistanis.”

    Now 31, Sana has been Pakistan captain since 2009, so brings plenty of experience to the tournament.

    And as Pakistan looks to record its best-ever performance at a World Cup, she admits that coping with the pressure will be crucial – with the opening game against South Africa in Leicester on Sunday.

    She added: “It’s more of a mental thing now, it’s about nerves and keeping your cool under pressure.

    “Those are the areas, especially, that I have been working on as a captain, because when this pressure builds up in a huge tournament and the opposition can intimidate you at times, so if you can hold your nerve at that time you can turn the tables.

    “It’s been pretty good preparation so far. We’ve been here since 2 June and we’ve played some practice matches and the quality of cricket we have played is improving every day so I’m very happy with the way the team is progressing.

    “We haven’t played a semi-final of a big tournament as yet so that would be an amazing thing to achieve at this point. At the moment we are at the bottom of the table so to get into the top four or five teams, that’s something we are looking to do in round one.

    “I think the strength in the bowling line-up is quite good and the batting is catching up a bit. Now it’s a balance between the two. The day we pull it off in both departments, that is when we can upset any team.”


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    Consistency is the name of the game for South Africa if it is to achieve its goal of claiming a maiden ICC Women’s World Cup title, according to captain Dane van Niekerk.

    In Marizanne Kapp, South Africa has the world’s top-ranked bowler, while Van Niekerk and Sune Luus provide some quality spin options.

    The onus will be on the batters to match that bowling attack, but if it can, South Africa will be a formidable opponent, starting against Pakistan in Leicester on Sunday.

    Van Niekerk said: “We have a great bowling attack, with the best bowler in the world in our team. That’s one thing we really pride ourselves on, and then we’ve got a really explosive batting order. We’re not as consistent as we want to be but I think it’s due for us to come off.

    “We want to take every game as it comes and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We know Pakistan is a really fearless team, we know they will bring their A game. We will make our plans and play according to our brand of cricket.

    “We just want to play fearless cricket and back ourselves. We know the talent we have in the squad and what we need is that belief. Our hashtag is Always Rising and that’s what we want to do, to get better every day, and hopefully that’s the type of brand we can portray.”

    Pakistan hosted South Africa in Sharjah in March 2015 in the ICC Women’s Championship fixture and South Africa came from behind to claim a 2-1 series victory. Van Niekerk’s girls were also victorious over Pakistan by 63 runs in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Colombo, Sri Lanka, earlier this year.

    Both sides are looking to close the gap with the top sides in the world, and the ICC Women’s Championship has unquestionably helped in that regard, as Pakistan captain Sana Mir explained.

    “Especially for Pakistan (the ICC Women’s Championship) has been very helpful, because of the lack of international cricket back home and not getting a lot of fixtures,” said Sana.

    “I think this championship has given us a good number of matches compared to the previous 10 years before the championship so we’ve played more cricket in the last two years than we had ever played before. So it has helped us develop as a team and as players.

    “The first game is always very important in any tournament. We are going to take it game by game. We are really looking forward to having a good start, we have prepared well and we back the way we have prepared for this tournament and the process we have been through.

    “So we’re looking forward to the first game and trying to get a good result out of it,” she concluded.

    Four years ago, these two teams met in the final match of the group stages in a winner-takes-all clash. On that occasion South Africa emerged victorious, claiming a 126-run win thanks to a fine all-round effort by Kapp.

    Pakistan will be only too aware of the threat posed by the 27-year-old, but having seen the men’s side upset the odds to claim ICC Champions Trophy glory, Sana’s squad is looking to do the same.

    In South Africa, the match will be live on SuperSport 5, while PTV Sports will broadcast this match in Pakistan. For further information, please contact your local listings.

    Squads (to be selected from):

    Pakistan: Sana Mir (captain), Asmavia Iqbal, Ayesha Zafar, Bismah Maroof, Diana Baig, Ghulam Fatima, Javeria Khan, Kainat Imtiaz, Marina Iqbal, Nahida Khan, Nain Abidi, Nashra Sandhu, Sadia Yousuf, Sidra Nawaz and Waheeda Akhtar

    South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Trisha Chetty, Moseline Daniels, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Shabnim Ismail, Nadine de Klerk, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Raisibe Ntozhake, Mignon du Preez, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon and Laura Wolfvaardt.

    Umpires - S. Saikat and Langton Rusere.

    Match Referee - Steve Bernard


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    I don't know much about Women's Cricket but what I do know is that England and Australia are comfortably the best teams in the tournament. I'd but surprised if they both don't make it to the final (as long as they don't face each other in the knock-out rounds of-course).

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    Quote Originally Posted by WC-Passion View Post
    I don't know much about Women's Cricket but what I do know is that England and Australia are comfortably the best teams in the tournament. I'd but surprised if they both don't make it to the final (as long as they don't face each other in the knock-out rounds of-course).
    India just defeated them today and they defn are top teams,shocked to see them defeated.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    India just defeated them today and they defn are top teams,shocked to see them defeated.
    Thought our bowling was pretty shocking in the first 15 overs or so and as a result they got off to a flier which was always going to be tough to pull India back from. Put up a pretty good effort with the bat in the end, although the runouts were a bit frustrating.

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    India beat England by 35 runs

    Smriti Mandhana is coming up very well ,could be the best leftie ,hopefully there is not much politics in women's cricket and they perform to their potential.
    Goswami is losing her pace,sad probably the biggest reason for our wins last decade,Mithali as usual fifty.(7th consecutive i think)

    4 run outs ,top fielding by Indian team.

    English fielding was terrible not sure if they are out of form.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HitWicket View Post
    Thought our bowling was pretty shocking in the first 15 overs or so and as a result they got off to a flier which was always going to be tough to pull India back from. Put up a pretty good effort with the bat in the end, although the runouts were a bit frustrating.
    Very true,guess I'm surprised by the direct hits from our team. Smriti Mandana though haven't seen her play like that just 20 yr old smacking it around.

    England were in the game till Fran Wilson did a rookie mistake and Ekta is probably the second smartest cricketer we have after Harmanpreet.


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    The Indian Women are putting a better fight than their Overhyped Overpaid Polished Glorified Male counterparts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    India just defeated them today and they defn are top teams,shocked to see them defeated.
    Yeah same, fair play to India, made me look silly with their performance today against England. IIRC they set a record total.

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    Quote Originally Posted by czar View Post
    The Indian Women are putting a better fight than their Overhyped Overpaid Polished Glorified Male counterparts.
    I wanted to say the same but stopped ,check out the highlights you will be shocked to see the improvement incase u watched their matches before,Mandana was a better bat than Rohit.(Just my opinion)


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    Quote Originally Posted by WC-Passion View Post
    Yeah same, fair play to India, made me look silly with their performance today against England. IIRC they set a record total.
    Yup highest total against England in WC,and Mithali's record of consecutive 7th fifty in ODI.


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    Huge upset and a monumental win for India, England tend to be a shoulder above the other teams given the infrastructure in places to ensure the development of their talent from the school level


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    Huge upset and a monumental win for India, England tend to be a shoulder above the other teams given the infrastructure in places to ensure the development of their talent from the school level
    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    Yup highest total against England in WC,and Mithali's record of consecutive 7th fifty in ODI.
    Good stuff. I hope Pakistan can do something similar, I guess upsets are common this year in women's and men's.

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    Congrats to India women's team watched a bit of the game and their team looked very good and confident loved their spin bowling as well bowled good lines, with that being said lets hope Pakistan women's team can win tmr after all it is eid tomorrow so they might just make it happen

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    Only God can judge me so I'm gone, either love me or leave me alone.

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    Sky Sports will be showing the ganes via their website. It's free as far as I can see, and I have tried it out to verify.


    Here's today's game link : http://www.skysports.com/cricket/new...en-live-stream


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    Very good total of 206 by Pak, let's see if they can defend it, SA women may also choke like their male counterparts.

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    206/8. Great innings of 79 by Nahida Khan, sadly none of the other girls could push on, a few 20's here and there.

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    Good total by Pakistan South Africa bowled fairly well. Pak girls lacking some big hitters could have pushed to 230 regardless good effort so far South Africa batting really well

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    Brilliant comeback by Pak after a good start by South Africa

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    42 runs of 48 balls required with 4 wickets remaining, A Nail bitter on the cards.

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    The choke is On, hope I don't jinx, Pak women team, proud of you for the fight back girls, what a come back.

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    21 runs of 16 balls required.

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    What a rubbish 49th over, still good match

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    South Africa win by 3 wickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeshan547 View Post
    What a rubbish 49th over, still good match
    Fielding was also poor in this over.

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    Good comeback from Pakistan there. Probably a poor decision from the captain to bowl a seamer in the 49th over when the spinners had caused so many problems.

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    Poor stuff from ladies


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    Should have win it when they were so near, must have hurt their confidence.

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    Sadly a poor penultimate over let them down. Maybe should've gone with Bismah instead of Kainat, cos the South Africans seemed to enjoy the extra pace on the ball.

    Had the stumping and the run out chance, but coulda shoulda woulda. They did really well and really brought it back after South Africa had gone off like a train, seems choking the life out of the opposition isn't exclusive to the men's team.

    Good luck to them in the next game.

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    RECORDS TUMBLE AS SOUTH AFRICA BEATS PAKISTAN

    South Africa achieved its highest-ever ICC Women’s World Cup run chase to beat Pakistan and start the 2017 edition with a win at Grace Road, Leicester.

    Requiring 207 to win after Pakistan posted its biggest-ever ICC Women’s World Cup total, ICC WWC debutant Laura Wolvaardt (52) and Lizelle Lee (60) set the platform with an opening partnership of 113.

    The loss of six wickets for 49 runs – including three run outs – then appeared to give Pakistan - who had earlier also seen Bibi Nahida (79) post her country’s highest individual ICC WWC score – a chance, but three boundaries in the penultimate over from Shabnim Ismail saw South Africa home.

    Ismail said: “I looked calm but I was very nervous out there. I just wanted to get it over and done with. It is always nice to contribute with bat and ball, I haven’t’ really done that much in the last few games.

    “I was watching the bowlers bowl their lines and just told myself that if anything was in my area I would just go for it and I did.”

    With Pakistan put in to bat first, Bibi represented a crucial presence at the crease as fellow opener Ayesha Zafar (nine) and then Javeria Wadood were bowled by Marizanne Kapp and Moseline Daniels respectively for 43 for two.

    With just 20 runs managed inside the second 10 overs, it was looking like hard work for Pakistan.

    But Bibi – who was dropped by Ayabonga Khaka on 26 – brought up her half-century off 75 balls to steady the ship.

    Bibi’s effort eventually ended when she was run out by Ismail but Pakistan boosted its total later on despite losing Sana Mir and Marina Iqbal off Ismail’s bowling in the final over.

    The South Africa openers set about their business well early on with Lee bringing up 1,500 runs in ODI cricket with a six over mid-on before reaching her 10th ODI fifty in dramatic fashion as Sadia dropped a catch at long-on to concede four.

    But when Lee and Wolvaardt – who brought up her fourth ODI fifty off 81 balls – were dismissed in the 26th and 31st overs respectively, panic seemed to spread through the South Africa team.

    Trisha Chetty (11) was caught at midwicket by Javeria before the latter ran out Kapp (one), Chloe Tryon (three) was bowled by Sadia and captain Dane van Niekerk (two) was another run out victim, this time by Nain, with four wickets lost for 19 runs.

    Mignon du Preez then holed out to Asmavia Iqbal at deep midwicket but Ismail held her nerve.

    Pakistan captain Sana Mir said: “I think it was a great effort by the girls, the way they fought it out. We lacked in all three departments though.

    “We were 20 runs short but the bowlers came chipping in with wonderful overs but there were a couple of missed catches.

    “There are areas to improve on but I am happy with the way they fought.”

    Scores in brief:

    South Africa beat Pakistan by three wickers at Grace Road, Leicester

    Pakistan 206-8 in 50 overs (Bibi Nahida 79, Asmavia Iqbal 27, Nain Adidi 22, Javeria Wadood 17; Moseline Daniels 2-21, Shabnim Ismail 2-52)

    South Africa 207-7 in 49 overs (Lizelle Lee 60, Laura Wolvaardt 52, Mignon du Preez 30; Sadia Yousuf, 2-30, Bismah Maroof 1-7)
    Player of the match – Shabnim Ismail (South Africa)

    Next matches – England v Pakistan, Grace Road, Leicester, 27 June; South Africa v New Zealand, The County Ground, Derby, 28 June


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    South Africa may have celebrated a thrilling three-wicket win over Pakistan but captain Dane Van Niekerk admitted her team should not have found itself in such a tense situation in the first place.

    Set a target of 207 to win, South Africa appeared to be well positioned in its first game of the ICC Women’s World Cup with openers Laura Wolvaardt and Lizelle Lee bringing up the century partnership relatively comfortably.

    But when the duo departed within five overs of each other, panic seemed to set in with the scoreboard tumbling from 124 for two to 177 for seven inside 15 overs.

    That included four wickets for just 19 runs and three runs out before eventual player of the match Shabnim Ismail calmed proceedings with an unbeaten 22 off 16 balls – and three consecutive boundaries – to wrap up the match with an over to spare.

    Van Niekerk said: “Credit to Pakistan, they bowled really well. They brought the game back.

    “The platform we had, you would think as a bowling team they are dead and buried and you want to win a game convincingly. They came back stronger and all credit to them.

    “There is no excuse for what happened in the middle order, especially considering the fact there were just seniors who were a part of that.

    We should know better and hopefully we will rectify it in the games to come.

    “It’s really straight forward running between the wickets, it’s a yes or no.

    “No run is worth a wicket – we know that. It’s basics and we lost track of that.”

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    At the last ICC WWC in 2013, South Africa finished in sixth position with Pakistan two places lower in eighth.

    Both have been working hard on and off the pitch in recent years with Pakistan’s score of 206 for eight off 50 overs it’s highest ever in an ICC WWC match.

    Captain Sana Mir said: “We don’t want to have one-sided matches, we want to put up fight. We do have our own limitations, but I think the number one thing is that we don’t give up till the last ball is bowled.

    “The biggest improvement from the last England tour in 2016 to now is the fighting spirit.

    “Last time when we came it was one-sided games with a big team. We wanted to change that.

    “The bowlers have found how to bowl in these English conditions, and the batters have matured over the past one year.

    “Overall, I think it is about pressure and we need to definitely work on that, but I am very happy with the way the girls fought back.”

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    Tournament host England is looking for its first win in the ICC Women’s World Cup following a defeat in the opening match against India.

    Heather Knight and her side battled valiantly but came 35 runs short of chasing down India’s imposing total of 281 for three in Derby on Saturday.

    There were some positives for England as Fran Wilson notched her maiden ODI half-century with a knock of 81, and Knight took two for 41 with the ball, before scoring 46 with the bat.

    England captain Knight insists her side will approach the game in the same way against Pakistan in Leicester on Tuesday.

    And the skipper is taking inspiration from the way the Pakistan men’s team started the ICC Champions Trophy with defeat by India – only to go on and win the tournament.

    She said: “Obviously it wasn’t the way we wanted to start (against India) but Pakistan started in a similar way in the Champions Trophy and they did pretty well.

    “The mood in the squad isn’t too bad because we fought really hard to get back in the game against India. In general we are quite an emotional team but it’s important that we keep our heads up.

    “The girls have taken the positives and looked ahead to Tuesday. We competed against India but there are a few areas where we want to get better.

    “The India defeat won’t change the way we approach the game on Tuesday. It keeps us honest but it’s about how we react now.

    “It’s not the ideal start or how we wanted to do it but there’s a lot of cricket to be played in this tournament and hopefully we can build momentum towards the back-end of the competition.”

    Pakistan also narrowly lost its first game, to South Africa by three wickets, as it failed to defend a total of 206 that included Bibi Nahida top-scoring with 79.

    Pakistan knows it will face a tough task when it faces the tournament host but with the game being at Grace Road, it will at least have the benefit of having played there already this tournament.

    And captain Sana Mir believes that familiarity with the ground could work in her team’s favour.

    Sana said: “It is definitely an advantage that we have already played at Grace Road, but we know England are a very professional side and they will come hard on us.

    “But we are ready for that. We also want the two points whether it is England or any other team that we are playing.

    “If they have a reaction, we have a reaction too. We have also lost. We will go with the same fighting spirit as we had come with here.”

    Other than Bibi’s score, Pakistan disappointed with the bat and Sana is keen for the team to put that right against England.

    She added: “There is a lot of improvement to be done all three areas. In the top order, only Bibi was able to make 50.

    “It was not a difficult track. South Africa is a good bowling unit and they put us under pressure, but other batters went for 17, 18 or 15-odd runs. These need to be converted into 50s at this level in the World Cup.”

    In the United Kingdom, the match will be live on Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports Mix as well as on the Sky Sports website and app, while it can be watched live in Pakistan on PTV Sports and http://sports.ptv.com.pk/public/. For further information, please contact your local listings.

    Squads (to be selected from):
    England: Heather Knight (captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield and Danielle Wyatt.
    Pakistan: Sana Mir (captain), Asmavia Iqbal, Ayesha Zafar, Bismah Maroof, Diana Baig, Ghulam Fatima, Javeria Wadood, Kainat Imtiaz, Marina Iqbal, Bibi Nahida, Syeda Nain Fatima Abidi, Nashra Sundhu, Sadia Yousaf, Sidra Nawaz and Waheeda Akhter
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    Match Referee - Richie Richardson


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    i would support indian women's team, the only asian team who is actually winning against the teams like england, SA, australia, not seen when pakistan women team actually won some decent game against decent teams

    indian sports management has really uped its game in the 20s and pakistan's management is as mediocre and politicized and regional as it was in the 90s and 80s

    PCB must learn some management skills from BCCI even BCB

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    Is anyone watching this? Pakistan made some early inroads but England have recovered from 42/2 to 114/2.

    Ideally we do not want to be chasing anymore more then 220-230.

    In our last game we almost pulled off a huge upset win over SA by inducing a collapse, 5 wickets for 24 runs but in the end they still managed to cross the line by 3 wickets.

    @Markhor


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    England are set for a huge score, they've shown intent from ball one; despite the early fall they maintained their RR. Pakistan need to bowl them out in order to stop the flow of runs, at this stage if they can limit them to 250-260 it would be a big success although chasing that total would still be a big ask


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    It would be good for the game if someone other then England or Australia won this tournament
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    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    England are set for a huge score, they've shown intent from ball one; despite the early fall they maintained their RR. Pakistan need to bowl them out in order to stop the flow of runs, at this stage if they can limit them to 250-260 it would be a big success although chasing that total would still be a big ask
    Will need a major collapse to limit English batting to the score mentioned, 300 looking likely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arsalan Pro View Post
    Will need a major collapse to limit English batting to the score mentioned, 300 looking likely.
    300 is like 600 for these guys, the mamoth total is almost impossible to chase; PCB needs to support our ladies a bit more more, otherwise we're relying on miracles for them to compete at these events. ECB invest in their women from the school level ! I've personally experienced the system in which their development is ensured and they have access to the same tools as the men's team, there are also clubs all around the country which include female members and teams as well


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    300 is like 600 for these guys, the mamoth total is almost impossible to chase; PCB needs to support our ladies a bit more more, otherwise we're relying on miracles for them to compete at these events. ECB invest in their women from the school level ! I've personally experienced the system in which their development is ensured and they have access to the same tools as the men's team, there are also clubs all around the country which include female members and teams as well
    I agree, but it will take time for PCB to understand and implement this as in Pakistan women are not encouraged to play sports or indulge in outdoor activities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arsalan Pro View Post
    I agree, but it will take time for PCB to understand and implement this as in Pakistan women are not encouraged to play sports or indulge in outdoor activities.
    True, I suppose it's taboo up there


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    Sciver absolutely killing Pakistani bowling, 84* of 57 balls.

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    378 to win!

    Pakistan Women with a gargantuan task at hand as England Women put on 377/7 (50.0 ov) #WWC17 #EngvPak


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    Ayesha Zafar doing her best Fakhar Zaman/Sharjeel Khan impersonation, attacking almost every ball.

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    Pakistan playing with a run rate of 4 after 16 overs, when they are chasing a run rate of 7.76

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arsalan Pro View Post
    Pakistan playing with a run rate of 4 after 16 overs, when they are chasing a run rate of 7.76
    Its a matter of skills.


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    Ladies not doing too well !!! 0-2 !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    It would be good for the game if someone other then England or Australia won this tournament
    @JaDed
    Defn not happening though,remem India reaching finals in last decade and I was sure we will once atleast and lol its been 12 years since that


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    England Women won by 107 runs (DLS Method)
    England Women - 377/7 50/50 ov RR: 7.54
    Pakistan Women - 107/3 29.2/29.2 ov RR: 3.64


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    Seems like Javeria Khan Wadood has a technical issue.....


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    Maiden centuries by Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight helped England post its highest-ever ICC Women’s World Cup total on way to beating Pakistan by 107 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) Method at the Grace Road in Leicester on Tuesday.

    Sciver hit 137 off 92 balls and captain Heather Knight scored 106 off 109 balls as England recovered from 42 for two to finish at 377 for seven in 50 overs, second-highest total in competition history behind Australia’s 412 for three in 1997.

    The 213-run partnership equalled England’s third-wicket record stand set back in 1993, while Pakistan left-arm spinner Nashra Sandhu finished with figures of one for 82 – the most expensive in the ICC Women’s World Cup history.

    Pakistan opener Ayesha Zafar was 56 not out and No.5 batter Nain Abidi 23 not out when rain brought an early end to the proceedings with the scoreboard reading 107 for three in 29.2 overs.

    England captain Knight said: “Natalie fully deserves her player of the match award. She struck the ball so cleanly, it was really nice to get that partnership together and have a convincing win.

    “I’m really happy with my own contribution too. I’m just pleased to be back playing again after my injury and I’m chuffed with how the girls are going now.

    “We don’t really set targets too much, it’s about getting as many runs as we can. Pakistan actually started well, we had to ride that out a bit, play our shots and enjoy ourselves.”

    Put into bat first after a half-hour rain delay, England started slowly, with Tamsin Beaumont dropped at first slip off the first ball before Kainat Imtiaz picked up two quick wickets - first trapping Sarah Taylor (11) in front of the wickets and then having Beaumont (14) caught behind by Sidra Nawaz.

    But from then on, England took control through Knight and Sciver, with the latter hitting four boundaries in a row off Nashra and also plundering three sixes off a single over from Asmavia Iqbal.

    Sciver was the first to reach her century in the 37th over, driving down the ground for a single to become England’s second fastest ODI centurion – seven balls slower than what Charlotte Edwards had managed in 2012.

    Knight followed suit two overs later, courtesy of a reverse paddle for four, before she was caught by substitute fielder Diana Baig with Sciver also snaffled shortly afterwards by the same substitute fielder at midwicket.

    Knight struck 12 fours and two sixes in a 109-ball 106, while Sciver slapped 14 fours and four sixes in a whirlwind 92-ball 137.

    England was still able to add a further 98 runs, thanks to a combination of poor Pakistan fielding and an entertaining 50-run partnership between Danielle Wyatt (42 not out off 27 balls with five fours and a six) and Fran Wilson (33 off 19 balls with six fours).

    Pakistan’s reply got off to a poor start when Nahida Khan was caught for seven by Sciver off Katherine Brunt before Javeria Khan (11) and Asmavia Iqbal (5) were also dismissed cheaply.

    A rare positive was the form of Ayesha with the opener bringing up her half-century off 67 balls.

    But with persistent rain starting shortly afterwards and Pakistan 107 for three after 29.2 overs – some way short of the DLS score of 214 – England was awarded the win.

    Pakistan captain Sana Mir said: “We disappointed a lot of fans today. In the first game, we were not able to play the standard we set ourselves and we did not reach those standards again.

    “We are disappointed with our effort but all credit to the England batters for the way they punished us.

    “Ayesha is a very talented player – she can hit the ball hard and if she plays the way she does then hopefully the next match will be a different result.”

    Scores in brief:

    England beats Pakistan by 107 runs (DLS method) at Grace Road, Leicester

    England 377-7, in 50 overs (Natalie Sciver 137, Heather Knight 106, Danielle Wyatt 42 not out; Asmavia Iqbal Khokhar 3-62, Kainat Imtiaz 2-68)

    Pakistan 107-3, in 29.2 overs (Ayesha Zafar 56 not out, Nain Abidi 23 not out, Javeria Khan 11; Katherine Brunt 2-21, Alex Hartley 1-13)

    Player of the match – Natalie Sciver (England)

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    Can anyone here tell me, does 50 overs cricket make sense for girls??? Anyone here can tell me???????

    It is so stupid I have seen, you're putting poor girls under sun for all day..

    I would keep their cricket only up to 30 overs max


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    Quote Originally Posted by MajidBhuta-AamirFan View Post
    Can anyone here tell me, does 50 overs cricket make sense for girls??? Anyone here can tell me???????

    It is so stupid I have seen, you're putting poor girls under sun for all day..

    I would keep their cricket only up to 30 overs max
    English women did not have any trouble to pummell Pak women for 377 runs. So stamina is not the issue. Its the lack of facilities for women cricket in India/Pak/SL/Ban.

    Funnily, Indian women beat the same English women comfortably just a couple of days ago. Pak women cricket seems to be far behind other teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    English women did not have any trouble to pummell Pak women for 377 runs. So stamina is not the issue. Its the lack of facilities for women cricket in India/Pak/SL/Ban.

    Funnily, Indian women beat the same English women comfortably just a couple of days ago. Pak women cricket seems to be far behind other teams.
    Absolutely

    It's a level playing field and Pak women are not up to the mark


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    Asmavia Iqbal, the Pakistan Women pacer, conceded that they were one seamer short against England Women in their Women’s World Cup 2017 game in Leicester on Tuesday (June 27), which they lost by 107 runs on the DLS method.

    The spinners had bowled superbly against South Africa Women at the same venue two days earlier and had almost defended 207, but conditions were totally different for the second game. A drizzle soon after Pakistan opted to field first meant play started half an hour late. A wet outfield and overcast conditions negated the threat of the three spinners, who returned combined figures of 29-0-234-2 as England posted 377 for 7 – the second-highest score in World Cups.

    Sana Mir operated with Iqbal and Kainat Imtiaz, her two seamers, for the first 13 overs, but they could only provide two wickets. After that, Natalie Sciver (132 off 97 balls) and Heather Knight (106 off 109 balls) toyed with the bowlers during a third-wicket stand of 213 runs in 30 overs.

    “It was a good toss to win. The plan was to take early wickets. We were short of one seamer,” Iqbal said. “We basically depend on our spinners because they take wickets. If you see in the last match, they bowled well. We thought they would bowl well (again), but unfortunately today the field was wet, and because of that the ball was not spinning.”

    Pakistan need to have a Plan B as wet weather is a major factor in England, and Iqbal said they would consider picking a third seamer for their next game.

    Once the seamers were done with their first spells, Mir became defensive and that allowed Sciver and Knight to settle down. Iqbal credited Sciver for her enterprising knock, but felt Pakistan could have fielded better during the later stages of the innings.

    “They batted really well, especially Sciver. She is a very good hitter. We didn’t take wickets in the middle overs, and the momentum went to them,” she offered. “We did really well in the middle overs (against South Africa). We have the fighting spirit, but we lacked that in the middle overs when we were not picking up wickets. I am disappointed with the way we fielded in the last overs. We dropped catches and there were misfields. We want to do much better in this World Cup. We are here to win matches.”

    Pakistan were 107 for 3 in 29.2 overs, with Ayesha Zafar unbeaten on 56, when rain stopped play. Iqbal said it was impossible to chase down the target, but they were keen on using the opportunity to gain some batting practice.

    “It was a huge total. We knew that it was impossible for us to chase this total because we are not so powerful like them. We don’t have big hitters,” she admitted. “Unfortunately, Bismah Maroof, our pure batter, we were missing her (because of an injury sustained on the field). We were short of one batter. Ayesha batted well and gained confidence, which is important before the game against India. Our fast bowling did well, Ayesha played well. But there are many areas to improve, especially fielding which is letting us down. If we field well, we can beat any team.”

    Pakistan’s next assignment is against India in Derby on July 2, which they need to win to resurrect their campaign. Iqbal has played eight One-Day Internationals and nine Twenty20 Internationals against India in her 12-year career. She opened up on the attendant pressures while playing against the arch-rivals.

    “Playing against India is always pressure. It is a big game. I am very hopeful of doing much better against India. We beat India in India in the last T20. I believe in my spinners, that they will bounce back and take wickets, and we will win the match,” she said. “We are looking forward to the next game. In Pakistan, they say that you have to win against India, it is very important. We took some positives from this game.”

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    PAKISTAN FOUND GUILTY OF SLOW OVER-RATE AGAINST ENGLAND

    Pakistan has been found guilty of maintaining a slow over rate during its ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match against England in Leicester on Tuesday.

    Richie Richardson of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the sanction after Sana Mir’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

    As per Appendix 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel there is no financial penalty against the Pakistan players, however, if Pakistan commits a second minor over-rate offence during the event with Sana as captain, then she will be suspended for one match.

    The charge had been laid by on-field umpires Chris Brown and Jacqueline Williams and reserve umpire S. Saikat.

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    EVENT TECHNICAL COMMITTEE APPROVES BISMAH MAROOF’S REPLACEMENT IN PAKISTAN SQUAD

    The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 has approved Iram Javed as a replacement player for Bismah Maroof in the Pakistan squad for the tournament.

    Bismah suffered an injury to her right hand while fielding during Pakistan’s match against host England in Derby on Tuesday.

    Iram, 25, has played seven ODIs in which she has scored 37 runs and taken three wickets. In 19 T20Is she has scored 101 runs and taken one wicket.

    The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad.

    The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 consists of Geoff Allardice (ICC, chairman), Campbell Jamieson (ICC representative), Steve Elworthy (Tournament Director), Alan Fordham (host representative), Anjum Chopra and Alison Mitchell (both independent nominees).

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    Women's World Cup 2017: Pakistan's Nahida Khan says 'it's down to dad'

    Pakistani cricketer Nahida Khan is her country's highest scorer in a Women's World Cup match and says she owes it all to her dad.

    "My father backed me despite all the opposition from my family and tribe," she said.

    The 30-year-old is from Pakistan's restive Balochistan province where women are expected to stay at home.

    But her father, a liberal man who also managed to get an education, always backed her.

    "He would say to people that Nahida is my daughter, I'm proud of her passion," says Nahida, a university graduate.

    "He appreciated my struggle and that gave me all the confidence I needed as budding cricketer."

    Nahida Khan's father died a few months ago and she feels his loss deeply but she is also on top form during the Women's World Cup in England.

    "My strategy going in to bat is always quite simple: score maximum runs and attack the opposition."

    In their first game against South Africa, Pakistan's batting line-up started to crumble early.

    But Nahida Khan opened the innings and went on to make a blistering 76 from 101 balls, including nine fours and a six.

    Though the Proteas won by three wickets, Khan gave then a run for their money.

    "Nahida is a true fighter and she showed that on the field today," said Pakistan team captain Sana Mir.

    "It would have been a one-sided affair without her contribution with bat and ball."

    Pakistan's first female international cricket team was founded in 1997, a full 21 years after India's female cricketers formed a team.

    They faced court cases and even death threats and the government banned them from playing in public for religious reasons.

    Despite all that, the team did play in the 1997 Women's World Cup. Early encounters were characterised by heavy losses - including a last place finish in that tournament and a humiliating world record of 27 all out against Australia.

    But Nahida Khan is one of a group of sportswomen from middle class families who have been improving the side's fortunes.

    The Quetta-born player made her international cricket debut in 2009 in a match against Sri Lanka at Bogra, Bangladesh.

    She was also a member of the team who took part in the 2010 Asian Games and won a gold medal.

    Khan was initially brought into the team as a middle-order batter who could bowl on the side.

    "I felt I couldn't perform to the best of my ability when I was being sent in at number eight or nine," she said.

    "I continued to work hard on my batting. I'd analyse the other batters such as former England captain Charlotte Edwards, whose technique I have always admired."

    After half a decade of struggle, Nahida Khan is not only a dependable opener but shoulders the responsibility for any role assigned to her.

    "She's one of those players you can depend on in any given situation," said Pakistan's national team coach Ayesha Ashar.

    Nahida Khan still remembers how she rushed to her school cricket trial in 2007.

    Her selection was a dream come true, especially given the challenges she faced every day - playing alongside men where everyone disapproved of her.

    "Even today, women cricketers have to practice in the same grounds as men due to a lack of facilities," she said.

    "In a society where any intermingling of the sexes is frowned upon, you can imagine the stigma that follows."

    Nahida Khan knows how lucky she is to fulfil her dreams in a conservative society where women have few choices.

    "Once on my way back from practice, the rickshaw driver asked if I played cricket because he knew of a girl named Nahida - of questionable morals - who also played cricket with boys," she said.

    "I lied but every day I am more conscious of the fact that my success would not have been possible without my father's support.

    "He would shut everyone up who tried to warn him of some impending moral disaster or trouble in finding a marriage partner because I played cricket."

    She has lost her father but he was alive long enough to make sure the rest of her family did not clip her wings.

    "My family used to say no one is going to marry me because I wear boys' clothes and play cricket," she adds.

    "No one wants a girl like that in their family."

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    Chamari Atapattu 178 out of a total of 257!

    Might only be a womens world cup cricket game but to score 178 out of a total of 257 is some effort! That against Australia as well. 69% of the team Total must be a record for % of runs individual v overall team score, Anyone know it is?

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    Such poor standard.

    60mph bowling and joke batting.

    Club cricket anywhere is a better watch.

    Stick to Tennis....

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    Quote Originally Posted by GLORY OF '92 View Post
    Such poor standard.

    60mph bowling and joke batting.

    Club cricket anywhere is a better watch.

    Stick to Tennis....
    Cannot compare Men's bowling with women.

    I watched one of Indian women's matches a few years ago and it wasn't poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amjid Javed View Post
    Might only be a womens world cup cricket game but to score 178 out of a total of 257 is some effort! That against Australia as well. 69% of the team Total must be a record for % of runs individual v overall team score, Anyone know it is?
    Is it the highest score for a womens game?


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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    Is it the highest score for a womens game?
    229* not out was the highest made in 1997 by Belinda Clarks of Australia against Denmark and 188 by Deepti Sharma against Ireland this year.


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    Indian girls bulldozed England and WI. Next up Pakistan.

    Need to tighten up the fielding though -- it was terrible today.

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    Mandhana is in form, hopefully it lasts against other top teams,reach the KOs c'mon!!

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    Sri Lanka batter Chamari Athapaththu has hogged the limelight in the early part of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 like no one had imagined.

    A dazzling 178 not out against defending champion Australia has overshadowed several fine performances and the left-hander believes she showed glimpses of her two batting heroes - Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya, during the knock.

    “I started like Sanga and ended like Sanath,” a beaming Athapaththu said of her 143-ball knock in which she hit 22 fours and six sixes to help set a challenging 258-run target for Australia.

    Athapaththu has been around for long and even considered as Sri Lanka’s batting mainstay by many, but to see her come out with such gusto against the world’s top side was a big surprise.

    Hailing from Gokarella in central Sri Lanka, Athapaththu had to take over captaincy at the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016 after Shashikala Siriwardene was ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury. That was a learning curve for the former captain as she learned to cope with pressure.

    The 27-year-old, who has scored 1906 runs in 61 ODIs and 1001 runs in 58 T20Is, is delighted with how things have panned out and elated at her latest effort.

    “I am really happy with my performance. For the first 25-30 overs, I tried to go for singles and the odd boundary. After 35 overs, when the Power Play started, I tried to hit the ball over the ropes,” she said, giving credit to coaches Hemantha Devapriya and Jeevanta Kulatunga for her development as a batter.

    Athapaththu made her international debut against India during the ICC World Twenty20 2009 in Taunton, not far from where she caught the attention of the entire cricketing world on Thursday with the second-highest score in all World Cup matches.

    After top-scoring with 53 in her team’s tournament opener against New Zealand, Athapaththu produced the scintillating knock that will be remembered for long despite her team losing to Australia by eight wickets.

    “I love coming back to England,” she said. “I love the conditions here and we have played a game here before so I knew what the conditions would be like.”

    Her 178 not out will go alongside her centuries against Ireland and South Africa but Athapaththu rates the stunning knock in Bristol as her finest accomplishment to date.

    “This is my best achievement. Australia has experienced bowlers like Ellyse Perry and Megan Schutt, who also play in leagues and county matches. I trusted myself and played to my potential.”

    Athapaththu was encouraged by her father and inspired by cricketing icons Jayasuriya and Sangakkara, who was quick to laud her on twitter after the Bristol knock.

    Athapaththu though has dedicated her latest knock to her cricket-crazy father, who passed 10 years ago with a cardiac arrest when she was only 17.

    “He is the hero in my life. He helped me a lot in my career. He loved cricket. He always pushed me to go and play, supported me in all aspects.

    “I liked cricket, but was very lazy. He pushed me to pursue a career in the game.”

    Her mother, who retired as a nurse following her father’s death, encouraged the batter to continue playing despite the bereavement. Just two years on, Athapaththu would make her international debut.

    Athapaththu, who likes to travel and mountaineering in her spare time, started slowly in Bristol, ticking things along before exploding in the final 15 overs.

    Already a big name in her home town, Athapaththu wants to help women’s cricket grow in Sri Lanka.

    “A lot of girls are now playing cricket in my town, a few youngsters have come to the national level. We need more girls to play to help improve our cricket. In the next year we will see two or three players come through to play in the national team.”


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    Smriti Mandhana represented a real gamble for the Indian selectors ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup but the opener has justified their faith in style.

    The 20-year-old from Mumbai suffered a torn meniscus and Anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, which meant that she had not played any cricket since January.

    She was understandably a little scratchy in the practice games that preceded the tournament, but having rediscovered her touch, Mandhana has shown exactly why she was worth the risk, following 90 against England and an unbeaten 106 versus the West Indies.

    Having made a dream start to the tournament, Mandhana is desperate to carry that form through the rest of the preliminary league stage.

    “It’s not over yet but I’m really happy that I’ve made a good comeback after the injury. The first match, back in the practice match against England, I was really off-touch and I was very nervous,” said Mandhana, who turned out for Brisbane Heat in the 2016-17 Women’s Big Bash League.

    “After that I scored 82 not out against the West Indies in a practice match so that gave me confidence that my batting was not lost. I can bat!

    “It was really tough coming out of the injury but I’m really happy I’ve done enough in two matches for India and hopefully I can continue that form.

    “I was determined to do well to show (the selectors) that they made the correct decision,” said Mandhana after slamming her second century in 25 ODIs.

    Mandhana is far from your typical Indian batter. In fact, she prefers English conditions to those back home, playing her part in a Test victory on English soil back in 2014 at the age of just 18.

    And while most would have seen a six-month absence from the game as a huge blow before a global tournament, Mandhana used it to her advantage.

    The stylish left-hander said: “I love the conditions here, I love playing in cold weather. It makes me happy inside. They prepare good pitches.

    “It’s not that I don’t like playing in India, but I like playing here more. I just concentrate on my game, there’s no TV and nothing to distract you so that helps me concentrate on cricket.

    “While I was injured I made sure that I worked on my weaknesses. Many people have seen my game so I worked on that.

    “I tried not to play too many shots because I had a habit of playing too many shots after getting set. That was the thing I worked on in the last two or three months.”

    With 196 runs in just two games, Mandhana is in the form of her life, but she has no intention of stopping there. After such a gruelling return to fitness, she has warned that there is a lot more to come – with Pakistan next up on Sunday in Derby.

    She added: “I’m not satisfied at all, I haven’t worked really hard for the last five months to get fit just for a 90 or a hundred. I want to do well for India and win the World Cup for India. That’s what I’ve been craving for the last five months.

    “That’s what keeps me going after 50 because I had a tendency to get out after 50 so that’s what I keep telling myself so I hope I continue the same form.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    Mandhana is in form, hopefully it lasts against other top teams,reach the KOs c'mon!!
    Go get a 150 against Pak -- you can do it!

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    Pakistan all-rounder Asmavia Iqbal has backed her team to beat India and get off the mark in the ICC Women’s World Cup in Derby on Sunday.

    Back-to-back defeats by South Africa and England have left Pakistan in must-win territory before it faces its biggest rivals this weekend.

    In ODIs, Pakistan has never beaten India in nine attempts, but last year it claimed an historic two-run victory in the ICC World Twenty20, on Indian soil.

    Asmavia is confident that Pakistan can build on the first two games and beat its rival, particularly if opening batter Ayesha Zafar can kick on after an unbeaten fifty against England.

    She said: “Playing against India there is always pressure. It is a big game but I am very hopeful of doing much better against India.

    “We beat India in India in the last T20. I believe in my spinners that they will bounce back and take wickets, and we will win the match.

    “Ayesha batted well and gained confidence, which is important before the game against India.

    “We are looking forward to the next game, whole Pakistan. In Pakistan they say that you have to win against India, it is very important. We took some positives (from the game against England).

    “Our fast bowling did well, Ayesha played well. But there are many areas to improve, especially fielding, which is letting us down. If we field well, we can beat any team.”

    Fielding was also the watch word for India captain Mithali Raj after her team overcame the West Indies by seven wickets at Taunton.

    The Indian spinners led the way with seven wickets between them, and while Smriti Mandhana also chipped in with a brilliant run-out of Stafanie Taylor – before hitting an unbeaten century – Raj was frustrated at some late fielding lapses from her team.

    She said: “We need to work on our catching, fielding is very crucial and it can win us matches.

    “I’m very pleased with the way the girls responded with crucial run-outs against the West Indies even though there were a couple of lapses in the field (drops).”

    “We still have a couple of games more before we can look to the semi-finals and looking at how Sri Lanka has played and how Pakistan has played, every match is going to be crucial for us.”

    Victory for India would take it to the verge of the semi-finals, Raj’s pre-tournament expectation of the side.

    In India, the match will be live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD and Hotstar, while it can be watched live in Pakistan on TEN Sports, PTV Sports, SONY LIV and sports.ptv.com.pk.

    Squads:

    India: Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parween, Shikha Pandey, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma and Poonam

    Pakistan: Sana Mir (captain), Asmavia Iqbal, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Ghulam Fatima, Iram Javed, Javeria Wadood, Kainat Imtiaz, Marina Iqbal, Bibi Nahida, Syeda Nain Fatima Abidi, Nashra Sundhu, Sadia Yousaf, Sidra Nawaz and Waheeda Akhter

    Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite and Shaun George

    Match referee: Richie Richardson


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    ICC Womens World Cup 2017; India vs Pakistan Jul 2

    So after the lads, it is now the turn of our ladies to slug it out.

    India are the favourites but can anyone ever be sure?

    I hope this game generates as much interest as the men's game. The women have been playing some excellent cricket.

    Best of luck to both teams. May the best team on the day win.
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    Good old fashion round robin format where each team will play each other team in single big group! Reminds me the good old days (especially 92 world cup). This will test both the endurance of players for a good span + the intensity of matches will be same throughout with stronger teams! Current men world cup format is poor because of the group division and presence of too many associate teams! And CT was good when it was "knockout" format (with each single match being critical). The mini world cup version with group division lost the charm (and consequently ICC is deciding to put a full stop to it!)

    I think we should follow this women world cup at least with some interest, because certainly players will be playing based on merit and for their pride as not much money and betting is involved. Watching these matches should be as good as supporting your favorite nearby gully/school/friends team because you will certainly know that the players will be playing for merit and with full passion & innocence (the same may men's cricket was to us in the 70s & 80s . The added advantage is that the players are professionals will display some good skills & the matches are covered on television + they are representing your nation!

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