Hayley Matthews induces Pakistan collapse as West Indies seal ODI series

Hayley Matthews induces Pakistan collapse as West Indies seal ODI series

Hayley Matthews in action during the final of the Women's World T20 2016. © Getty Images

After restricting West Indies to a sub-par total, Pakistan collapsed from 111 for five to 116 all out, handing a 37-run win to the tourists in the second ODI on Thursday (November 11). Hayley Matthews was the star of the match for West Indies taking four wickets for 26 runs.

Chasing a sub-par total, Muneeba Ali and Sidra Amin got Pakistan off to a steady start. Though the left-hander picked up the occasional boundary, Shakera Selman and Shamilia Connell did not give away any easy boundaries. The hosts scored 24 runs in the first ten overs without losing any wickets, but that did not last long.

Selman provided the first breakthrough as Ali was caught by Shemaine Campbelle at the deep mid-wicket boundary, trying to hit the pacer for a six. Amin struggled to rotate strike at one end as Javeria Khan tried to take charge of the partnership.

However, the former got out to Hayley Matthews for a 41-ball 11, and Pakistan were reduced to 39 for two after 18 overs. Joined by Sohail, Khan took the attack to West Indies spinners, particularly Matthews. Meanwhile, Sohail smashed a couple of boundaries, easing the pressure on Khan. 

When it looked like the duo was set for a big partnership, Khan nudged Anisa Mohammed towards covers for a single that was not there. Sohail stood ground as Khan was caught short of the crease at the striker's end for 24 runs from 36 balls. With Javed and Riaz getting out in quick succession, Pakistan were down to 83 for five in 29 overs. Sana was promoted up the order, joining Sohail in the middle. 

Returning to the side after getting affected by COVID, Sohail was playing positively from ball one. However, she was part of a run out and watched two crucial batters throw their wicket away in a rather easy chase. None of those seemed to fluster her. 

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Sohail swept Hayley Matthews for a crucial boundary behind short fine-leg. She played out the rest of the over cautiously. In the next over, Sana and Sohail were happy to rotate strike against Anisa Mohammed. When Stafanie Taylor brought herself on to bowl, the Pakistan pair did not take any unnecessary risk as the required run-rate was under control.

In Taylor's second over, Sana jumped out of the crease and slapped the West Indies skipper over mid-on for a boundary. The tourists were forced to bring on the pacers from both ends. The duo showed constant restrain, not giving away any wickets. 

Brought in to break the partnership, Matthews came around the wicket, sending one through the gates of Sana on the very first delivery. With Sohail, Sana added 31 runs, taking Pakistan to 111 for six. Things got worse as Connell's yorker castled the stumps, sending Sohail back for 27 runs from 57 balls. It was only a matter of time from there as the hosts were bundled out for 116 in 39.2 overs.

Earlier, rejuvenated by the return of Khan, Baig, and Sohail, Pakistan started well with the ball. Khan operated with Baig and Anam Amin from either ends, and the experienced duo made sure that Deandra Dottin and Rashada Williams did not get a head-start in the power play. 

Amin, who registered her best ODI figures in the first match, bowled tight lines from one end. Meanwhile, Baig kept testing Dottin and Williams with her outswingers. Dottin picked up a couple of boundaries of Baig - a flick, followed by a square-cut, but Pakistan conceded only 27 runs in the first ten overs.

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Sana, who had an off game on Monday (November 8), came as the first change bowler and struck immediately. She started with a double-wicket maiden, sending back Williams and Kyshona Knight in the 11th over. Williams flicked a back-of-length delivery to Khan at mid-wicket while Knight edged one to behind the stumps.

Joined by Taylor, Dottin tried to keep the innings going for West Indies. Together, they saw through Sana's spell, making sure they did not lose any further wickets. Just when it seemed like the duo was set, an unfortunate run out meant that Dottin had to walk back to the dressing room for 34 off 50 balls. They added 33 runs for the third wicket.

Matthews and Taylor kept the momentum going, but the latter got out to Nashra Sandhu for a 46-ball 23. Kycia Knight picked up from where Taylor left off. With Matthews, she tried to up the ante, but Kycia had to retire hurt. Khan was at her tactical best, using Sohail, Sadia Iqbal and Sandhu to keep Matthews quiet.

Iqbal dismissed Matthews for 23 runs from 46 balls as Ali completed a sharp catch behind the stumps. Amin and Sohail ran through the lower order as West Indies were all out for 157 in 45.4 overs. 

Amin was the pick of the bowlers, as the left-arm spinner's spell with the new ball along with Baig set up the rest of the innings for Pakistan. The spinners bowled 37.4 overs together, taking six wickets for 114 runs amongst them.  

Brief Scores: West Indies 153 all out in 45.4 overs (Deandra Dottin 34; Anam Amin 2/21) beat Pakistan 116 all out in 39.2 overs (Omaima Sohail 27; Hayley Matthews 4/26) by 37 runs.

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