Australia 129 for 0 (Litchfield 67*, Mooney 57*) beat Pakistan 125 (Brown 3-32) by 10 wickets
Electing to bat in Brisbane’s sunny situations, Pakistan struggled to fireside in a must-win sport two after shedding the collection opener by eight wickets in a rain-affected contest diminished to 40 overs per facet. They have been bowled out for simply 125 after 43 overs with Brown snaring three wickets to guide a well-balanced assault.
Coming off her 78 not out on ODI debut, Litchfield struggled early in opposition to probing bowling from fast Fatima Sana earlier than getting off the mark in model with a candy cowl drive.
She was dominant from there and performed principally orthodox, however unleashed a number of scoop pictures to showcase her vary of strokes.
Having made only one run within the collection opener, Mooney was eager to make amends and began in model with a boundary off the primary ball. She did not have to take dangers and toyed with Pakistan’s struggling bowlers.
Mooney was principally overshadowed by Litchfield, who performed with a maturity past her years to turn out to be the primary Australian ladies’s batter to compile consecutive half-centuries of their first two ODIs.
It was a significant disappointment for Pakistan, who’re nonetheless searching for an elusive victory in opposition to all-conquering Australia in any format.
The collection will conclude at North Sydney Oval on Saturday earlier than a trio of T20Is to wrap up Pakistan’s first bilateral collection in Australia since 2014.
It was an improved efficiency from Australia’s quicks, who have been notably wayward within the opening sport in a push for additional swing.
Garth opened the assault and bowled a maiden first up in an distinctive begin. She continued to bowl a again of a size and located late swing throughout a tidy five-over spell throughout the first powerplay. Garth completed wicketless, however conceded simply 13 runs from eight overs. She performed 34 ODIs for Eire from 2010-2018 earlier than shifting to Australia searching for full-time alternatives.
Pakistan have been unable to construct partnerships with quite a few their batters failing to capitalise on begins very similar to in sport one.
After opener Sidra Ameen fell within the second over, Muneeba Ali began slowly and had a reprieve when Litchfield dropped an opportunity at second slip earlier than hitting Brown for a few highly effective boundaries.
Shifting across the crease attempting to disrupt the bowlers, Muneeba’s aggressive strategy backfired when she miss-hit spinner Ash Gardner to cowl level.
Pakistan’s bid for a aggressive complete nosedived when skipper Bismah Maroof was trapped lbw to seamer Annabel Sutherland for 21.
The burden once more fell on veteran Nida Dar, who top-scored for Pakistan in sport one with a half-century, and he or she had a reprieve on 16 when Brown dropped a return catch. However Dar’s luck ended on 24 when she was run out on the non-striker’s finish after a contact from Garth in her comply with by means of deflected onto the stumps.
Pakistan fell away as their barren run in opposition to Australia continued.
Tristan Lavalette is a journalist primarily based in Perth