A 99-run stand between Bismah Maroof and Aliya Riaz, who both scored half-centuries, gave the Pakistan innings a degree of respectability
Australia Women 193 for 3 (Healy 72, Lanning 35, Haynes 34, Sohail 2-39) beat Pakistan Women 190 for 6 (Maroof 78*, Riaz 53, King 2-24) by seven wickets
At that stage, little came by way of runs and wickets fell in quick succession for Pakistan, but Maroof tucked one away to the midwicket boundary for her first four and added a second to her tally with a glorious square-drive. She appeared reluctant to go aerial early on and brought up her 15th ODI half-century, off 96 balls.
For a player returning to lead her team only six months after childbirth, the celebration of the milestone was fitting: bat on ground, arms folded in a cradle, out came the rock-the-baby gesture as Maroof turned towards the dressing room where her mother and daughter acknowledged her effort.
Pakistan were going at just over three an over at the 45th over before Carey’s eighth, the 47th of the innings, went for a few. Maroof guided a chest-high no-ball for four over short third man to kick-off the 14-run over. Fatima Sana did her bit with a 15-ball 14 at No. 7. She perished in the penultimate over as Healy snaffled her bottom edge off an attempted sweep, off King’s bowling. Diana Baig’s 7 off four balls and Maroof’s cover-driven four off the final ball of the innings helped Pakistan to 190 for 6.
Annesha Ghosh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @ghosh_annesha