LAHORE, July 4 (APP): After suffering three defeats, Pakistan
women team will face another uphill task when it plays defending
champions mighty Australia in the ICC women cricket cup on Wednesday at Grace Road, Leicester, England.
Defending champion Australia has won its first three matches
at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 but their all rounder Ellyse
Perry says the team is solely focused on taking each game
as it comes.
Pakistan is next up for Australia after the defending champion
comfortably beat New Zealand by five wickets.
Perry smashed 71 runs in an impressive performance but says the team is not getting ahead of itself.
The all-rounder said: “Pakistan will be a great challenge. The way this
tournament and format is set up, we don’t have an easy game.”
“It’s really nice to win and be positive but we will refocus on each
match. We haven’t really spoken about any other match apart from the one ahead of us.”
“Every match is a bit of a challenge. We’ve seen teams knock one another off with it being a bit unexpected. For us, we would just like to keep building and hopefully improving with each match. That’s really the key.”
“If those things go well then towards the end of the tournament you
should be in a really good place but there’s a bit of cricket to play before then.”
Six-time champion Australia is tied with India at six points from three
games each but placed second owing to India’s better net run-rate while Pakistan is still looking for its first points after doing well in patches against South Africa and India.
Pakistan impressed in the bowling department against India with Nashra
Sundhu taking an impressive four for 26.
But it was massively let down in the batting department with Sana Mir
(29) and Bibi Nahida (23) the only players to reach double figures as it was bowled out for just 74.
Bowler Diana Baig though is looking at the positives ahead of its crunch
game with Australia.
The bowler said: “We’re trying to prepare for the next matches and we’re positive for the Australia match that we will do something.”
“It’s an amazing feeling to play against Australia, but it’s just a
team. I want to play against the next team.”
“Our fielding and bowling were 100 per cent but our batting (against
India) didn’t click and we will bounce back in our next match.”
Pakistan: Sana Mir (captain), Asmavia Iqbal, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig,
Ghulam Fatima, Iram Javed, Javeria Wadood, Kainat Imtiaz, Marina Iqbal, Bibi Nahida, Nain Abidi, Nashra Sundhu, Sadia Yousaf, Sidra Nawaz and Waheeda Akhter
Australia: Meg Lanning (captain), Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Nicole
Bolton, Alex Blackwell, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani and Amanda-Jade Wellington
Umpires: Sue Redfern and Anil Chaudhary, Match referee: David Jukes.