Sidra Ameen's unbeaten century leads Pakistan A to a series win against West Indies A
Sidra Ameen in action © PCB
West Indies A batter Rachel Vincent scored a patient half-century but an unbeaten century by Sidra Ameen and Nahida Khan’s quickfire half-century helped Pakistan A clinch the three-match one-day series 2-0 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua on Tuesday (July 13).
After Pakistan A skipper Sidra Nawaz opted to bat first, West Indies A were disciplined in the powerplay as the visitors could score only 21 runs from the first seven overs. Javeria Rauf failed to continue her form from the first one-dayer as Cherry-Ann Fraser removed her with the first ball of the eighth over for just eight.
Kainat Imtiaz joined Ameen at the crease but the pair struggled to up the run rate. After Imtiaz fell to Sheneta Grimmond in the 17th over for 16 off 32, Ameen found a partner in Khan. The pair formed a partnership of 104 runs in just 17.1 overs to take the score to 160 for three in the 34th over. Khan was quickest of the two as she scored 55 off just 51 balls in an innings that included eight fours before she was dismissed by a run out.
Iram Javed played her part as she scored an enterprising 39 off 40 deliveries to support Ameen, who was looking sold at the other end. Ameen showed her class as she punished West Indies A bowlers on her way to 108 off 144 balls. Aiman Anwer’s cameo of 11 runs off just three balls took Pakistan A to a respectable total of 269 for five from their 50 overs.
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For West Indies A, Fraser took two wickets and Shabika Gajnabi and Grimmond chipped in with one wicket apiece. Jannillea Glasgow did not get a wicket but she was economical throughout her spell as she conceded only 39 runs off her ten overs.
In reply, West Indies A got the start they needed as captain Reniece Boyce and Vincent batted for 25 overs and put on a 94-run partnership. The pair took their time during their stand as Vincent's knock of 56 came from 109 balls and Boyce supported her with 45 off 81 balls. Once Boyce was dismissed, the required run rate kept climbing and rest of the West Indies A batters struggled to keep up with it.
The middle and lower order could not build on the foundation built by the openers as they found it difficult to navigate the scoring rate left-arm spinners Sadia Iqbal and Nashra Sandhu. Gajnabi tried to bring some momentum back into the innings but Pakistan A bowlers kept the home sides' batters in check as West Indies A could only manage to score 189 for four in their stipulated 50 overs. The score meant Pakistan A registered a whopping 80-run win to go with their win in the first match of the series. For Pakistan A, Anwer, Imtiaz and Saba Nazir picked up one wicket each.
The final match of the series will be played at Coolidge Cricket Ground on Friday (July 16).
Brief Score: Pakistan A 269/5 in 50 overs (Sidra Ameen 108*, Nahida Khan 55; Cherry-Ann Fraser 2/53) beat West Indies A 189/4 in 50 overs (Rachel Vincent 56, Reniece Boyce 45; Aiman Anwer 1/35) by 80 runs