West Indies captain Hayley Matthews inspired her team to a three-run win against Pakistan in a low-scoring Women's T20 World Cup match at Boland Park in Paarl on Sunday (February 19).
Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Nida Dar and her fellow slow bowlers restricted West Indies to 116 for 6 in their 20 overs. Pakistan were always behind the required run rate but scored three boundaries in the last over to finish with 113 for 5.
The result ensured that England, with three wins in three matches, qualified for the semi-finals. Pakistan still have a mathematical chance of making the last-four if they can beat England in their final match and India, currently second on the Group Two table, slip up against Ireland, who have yet to win a match.
Matthews took two for 14 in four overs with her off-spinners and set a strong example in the field to enable her team to finish with two wins from four matches in the group stage.
It was a bitter-sweet day for Dar, who took 2 for 13 in four overs of accurate off-spin to equal former West Indies player Anisa Mohammed's record of 125 wickets in women's T20 internationals. Dar scored 27 in Pakistan's reply but couldn't take her team to victory.
The batters found it difficult to score quickly on a slow pitch and there were only nine boundaries in the West Indies innings and eight when Pakistan batted.
West Indies Women: 116 for 6 in 20 overs (Rashada Williams 30,Shemaine Campbelle; Nida Dar 2 for 13) beat Pakistan Women 113 for 5 in 20 overs (Aliya Riaz 29, Nida Dar 27; Hayley Matthews 2 for 14) by 3 runs
Player of the match: Hayley Matthews