CWG 2022: Hayley Matthews, Kycia Knight guide Barbados to 15-run win against Pakistan in cricket tournament


Hayley Matthews and Kycia Knight stitched a 107-run partnership for the 2nd wicket wicket which set up the match for Barbados in CWG women’s T20I tournament on Friday.

Barbados captain Hayley Matthews batting against Pakistan at CWG. (Courtesy: Twitter/PCB)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hayley Matthews and Kycia Knight hit fifty each against Pakistan
  • Nida Dar’s half-century wasn’t enough to save Pakistan in their opener
  • Barbados will meet Australia and Pakistan will play India in their next

Captain Hayley Matthews and Kycia Knight guided Barbados to a 15-run victory against Pakistan in the Commonwealth Games women’s T20I cricket tournament at Edgbaston on Friday (July 30).

Barbados, who were playing their first-ever international match and are representing Cricket West Indies at CWG 2022, didn’t have the best of starts as they lost dangerous opener Deandra Dottin cheaply for eight after being put into bat. However, incoming Kycia and Hayley recovered their side quickly with an impressive 107-run stand between them for the second wicket.

Although the Pakistan bowlers kept Barbados batters under control, the duo brought up their fifties before Hayely departed for 51 as Fatima Sana got the much-needed breakthrough. Hayely’s 50-ball innings saw four boundaries and one maximum. Pakistan struck twice again but Kycia (62* off 56 balls) ensured to finish on a high as Barbados posted 144 for four.

In reply, Pakistan lost their opener Iram Javed for a golden duck on the first ball of the chase. Iram was caught behind off the bowling of Shamilia Connell. Barbados captain Hayley was then involved in the dismissal of the next three batters, including Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof. While Muneeba Ali was cleaned up, Omaima Sohail and Maroof were run out, reducing Pakistan to 49/4 inside 11 overs.

Pakistan all-rounder Nida Dar single-handedly kept on fighting but couldn’t find a partner at the other end to support her in the run chase. Dar was eventually left stranded on 50 not out as Pakistan were restricted to 129/6. Barbados will meet Australia (10.30 pm IST), whereas Pakistan will play arch rivals India (3.30 pm IST) on July 31 in their Group A fixtures.

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