PAKISTAN WOMEN TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2019
Dar was the aggressor in an 89-run stand, smashing her 53 off 37 deliveries. © Getty
Nida Dar and skipper Bismah Mahroof struck half-centuries to help Pakistan chase down the 120-run target for a seven-wicket win in the first T20I against South Africa. It was former skipper Sana Mir’s 3 for 14 that triggered a collapse at the top and restricted the hosts to 119 from their 20 overs, before the 89-run third-wicket partnership put Pakistan on course for a victory, which the visitors completed comfortably with two overs to spare.
Opting to bowl first, Pakistan found success as early as in the first over as Mir struck twice to take out both the South African openers in the space of three deliveries, and with just a solitary run on the board. When the hosts seemed to be finding some stability, Dar prised out Marizanne Kapp for 10 to reduce them to 12 for 3 halfway through the fifth over.
Stand-in skipper Sune Luus and Mignon du Preez offered some resistance to take the team into 40s, before the both fell in a space of eight runs. If it wasn’t for the counter-attacking 54-run partnership between vice-captain Chloe Tryon and Shabnim Ismail, South Africa would have folded for much less. Tryon was typically destructive, hitting three fours and a six in her 31-ball knock of 43 while Ismal chipped in with an unbeaten 20 off 16 to take South Africa to a respectable 119 from their allotted overs.
Pakistan’s chase got off to a nervy start as well with Kapp dismissing Javeria Rauf for a two-ball duck in the first over itself. To make matters worse, Omaima Sohail departed for 10 in the final over of powerplay, leaving Pakistan at 29 for 3. However, Mahroof and Dar took over and stabalised the chase.
The two senior batters stitched an 89-run stand to ensure the bowlers’ hard work earlier in the day isn’t wasted. While Mahroof played more the anchor in the chase – scoring her 53 runs off 48 deliveries with just four boundary count – Dar was the aggressor, smashing her 53 off 37 deliveries, and laced with seven boundaries and two sixes. The all-rounder fell when Pakistan were two short of victory, but picked up the Player of the Match award for her al-round show as Pakistan continued their successful South Africa tour.
Pakistan lead the five-match series 1-0. The second T20I will be played at Pietermaritzburg on Saturday (May 18).
Brief scores: South Africa 119/7 in 20 overs (Chloe Tryon 43, Mignon du Preez 23; Sana Mir 3-14, Nida Dar 2-30) lost to Pakistan 120/3 in 18 overs (Nida Dar 53, Bismah Maroof 53*; Masabata Klaas 1-16) by 7 wickets.