Riaz, Anwar help Pakistan A complete 3-0 win in one-dayers against West Indies
After completing a clean sweep in the three-match T20 series against West Indies A, Pakistan A have repeated the same result in the three one-dayers with a seven-wicket win in the final one-dayer on Friday (July 17). Aliya Riaz, who was struggling to score in the ODIs, was the star of the match with an unbeaten half-century, taking the team across the line.
Chasing close to four runs per over, Javeria Rauf and Ayesha Zafar, who was dropped from the ODIs due to the lack of runs, provided a steady start for Pakistan. They added 66 runs together for the first wicket before Zafar got out for 36 runs from 44 balls to Sheneta Grimmond. Kaynat Hafeez fell shortly after to Grimmond after scoring a 19-ball 14.
Riaz joined Rauf in the pursuit of building a partnership for the third wicket. When it seemed like they are cruising towards the target, Karishma Ramharack removed Rauf. The opener fell seven runs short of her half-century.
Riaz, however, remained not out till the end along with Sidra Nawaz and helped Pakistan complete the chase in 42.5 overs. She scored 63 runs from 77 balls, including eight boundaries. Nawaz made a patient 43-ball 28 to assist Riaz in the chase.
Earlier, West Indies A openers got them off to a breezy start as they raced their way to 31 runs in the first four overs. Aimen Anwar broke the partnership as she removed Reniece Boyce for a 12-ball 15. Rachael Vincent fell shortly after, with Qiana Joseph joining Zaida James to rebuild the innings.
Together, they added 53 runs before James got out for 11 runs from 32 balls. Joseph was closing in on her fifty, but Saba Nazir cleaned her up. She scored 48 runs from 56 balls. Grimmond kept the innings going for West Indies A along with Shakibi Gajnabi. The latter scored a brisk 22 from 34 balls before getting out to Anwar.
Grimmond, too, could not get to her half-century as she made 40 runs from 40 balls. Some lower-order restraint from Ramharack helped West Indies A get past the 200-run mark. They were eventually all out for 204 in 47.5 overs.
West Indies A – 204 all out in 47.5 overs (Qiana Joseph 48, Aimen Anwar 3/22) lost to Pakistan A – 205/3 in 42.5 overs ( Aliya Riaz 63*, Sheneta Grimmond 2/24) by seven wickets.