Muneeba Ali smashes century as Pakistan crushes Ireland at Women’s T20 International Cup


Wicketkeeper-batter Muneeba Ali set up an outstanding win for Pakistan in the Women’s T20 World Cup with a suit-changing century towards eire in Cape metropolis on Wednesday.

The 70-run triumph put Pakistan in the 1/3 spot within the group with factors after England and India secured first and second positions, respectively, with their again-to-returned victories inside the first two fits. Pakistan lost to India in the first sport of the event on Feb 12.

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In step with Cricinfo, Muneeba became the first female to score a T20I hundred for Pakistan and only the 6th to score one in a T20 international Cup.

Pakistan bowlers brushed off the Irish batting facet to a meager overall of 95 with Nashra Sandhi claiming 4 scalps, observed through Nida Dar and Sadia Iqbal, who took every, and Tuba Hassan’s one because the team defended an impressive a hundred 65.

Muneeba’s 102 off 68 balls helped Pakistan pose a competitive total at a lack of 5 wickets, even as Dar’s 33 in the later part of the innings was some other exquisite contribution for crew inexperienced. No other player ought to enter the double digits.

In a submit-in-shape speak following her healthy-prevailing knock, Muneeba credited batting partner Dar with encouraging her at a critical factor of the innings.

“I used to be very assured once I was given obtainable. when I made a start inside the powerplay I thought it might be my day and I should make it matter,” she said.

“Then I had a partnership with Nida and she changed into constantly telling me to preserve going and rating big.

“So from the twelfth or thirteenth over I felt I could make one hundred, and he or she pushed me. I used to be playing with my feet and trying to recognize wherein they had been trying to bowl and make a plan in which I should find a boundary,” Muneeba endured.

“I want to commit my (player of the match) award to my captain (Bismah Maroof) and my teammates. We had a bad game (in opposition to India) and we fight loads, but everybody is satisfied nowadays.”

Pakistan will play their subsequent sport against West Indies in Paarl on Sunday (Feb 19).