MOUNT MAUNGANUI: Australia’s Alyssa Healy scored yet another World Cup half-century on 8 March as her 72 helped Australia make short-work of the target set by Pakistan in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup match on Tuesday.
Pakistan was made to pay dearly for their mistake, as Healy went on to hit a half-century and then some more before she was eventually dismissed when she was caught by Nashra Sandhu off an Omaima Sohail delivery.
Healy could consider herself quite fortunate as she was dropped early on in her innings, but it did little to stop the Aussie attack from whittling down Pakistan’s total of 190.
Healy’s opening partner Rachael Haynes also contributed vital runs, hitting 34 off as many deliveries before being sent back to the pavilion by Sandhu.
Skipper Meg Lanning blasted 35 runs before being bowled by Sohail, leaving the job of steering the side home to Ellyse Perry and Beth Mooney.
The duo was rarely troubled as they reached the target with plenty of overs to spare, with Perry finishing on 26 not out and Mooney on 23 not out.
The victory means Australia goes top of the standings in the Women’s World Cup, with two wins from two and four points to show.
For Pakistan, they remained rooted to the bottom with no wins from two games played.
Pakistan got off to a poor start but managed to hold firm when they perhaps needed it most as they worked to build a competitive total.
After falling to 4/44, Pakistan built a strong partnership through Aliya Raz and Bismah Maroof before Riaz fell for 53 and left the side in a much more comfortable position at 5/143.
Fatima Sana then joined Maroof and whacked 14 from 15 deliveries before she was caught behind by Healy from Alana King.
Diana Baig entered the fray and hit a quickfire 7 runs from 4 balls alongside Maroof as Pakistan ended their innings at 6/190, with Maroof finishing on 78 not out.
After Meg Lanning won the toss and sent Pakistan in, opening bowlers Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry broke through taking two wickets in as many balls to leave Pakistan in a hole early.
In their first clash since 2018, Megan Schutt broke through with the final ball of her second over to remove Nahida Khan.