Pakistan women’s cricket team won the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series on Sunday after they defeated South Africa by seven wickets in the second match at the National Stadium in Karachi.
After losing Shawaal Zulfiqar for 23 runs in the fourth over, Bismah Maroof and Sidra Ameen formed a key 68-run combination to assist the national team in chasing the visitors’ 151-run target.
Ameen batted brilliantly for 61 runs off 44 balls, including seven boundaries, and was named Player of the Match.
Following the wickets of Maroof and Sidra, Muneeba Ali and Aliya Riaz — who got the winning boundary on the last ball of the first T20I — formed another partnership and chased the target with five balls remaining.
Riaz once again delivered with the bat, scoring 31 runs off 18 balls at a strike rate of 172.22 and finishing the game with a six on the first ball of the final over.
Earlier in the first innings, South Africa’s opening pair of Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits put on a 74-run stand to get them off to a good start.
Brits was the top-scorer for her team once more, scoring 46 runs with three boundaries to help her team achieve a total of 150/3.
Sadia Iqbal and Nashra Sandhu each grabbed one wicket for Pakistan.