Pakistan's start to Women's World Cup has not been good as they have lost their first two games of the tournament. The first lost their season opener against India and then their next match against Australia. However, it has not been all bad for them. They have had a few moments that they can be proud of.
In the match against Australia, skipper Bismah Maroof scored a half-century as they ended the first innings score at 190/6 in the fifty overs. As she reached the mark of 50, Maroof broke into celebration as she looked at the stands where her daughter enjoyed the match. She dedicated this cradle celebration to her daughter. The video of her celebration went viral on the internet.
Here is the celebration
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Meanwhile, Pakistan was outplayed by Australia in the match. With Maroof being the highest run-scorer in the innings, they could only manage 190 runs on the bat. She progressed cautiously as wickets kept falling at the other end. As Pakistan reached 190/6 in their allocated 50 overs, the experienced batter stayed unbeaten on 78 off 122 balls with the aid of eight boundaries. Apart from her, Aliya Riaz also scored a half-century in the innings. She scored 53 runs in 109 deliveries at a very low strike rate.
Australia chased down that target easily in 34.4 overs, with Alyssa Healy doing the bulk of the job.
Pakistan skipper was not at all happy with the result as she expressed herself in the post-match interview. "We gave too many wickets away early on, we got a decent total, but we couldn’t stop them. We could have been better in the field, we dropped too many catches. In the meeting, we had discussed that someone from the top order had to bat deep. It was a special performance with my daughter around, I had to make it count. We need to put up a good total so that the bowlers get a chance to defend," she said.