Pakistan women lost at 128 for 5 to South Africa women’s 129 for 2 in yesterday’s 2nd T-20 in the series. From an onlooker’s point of view, things did not seem very well. Apparently, the squad fell prey to internal politics, possibly between a senior player and the team officials.
Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first, with skipper Bismah Maroof continuing her streak from the last match by top-scoring for her side with 63 not out. Compiling nearly half of Pakistan’s score, she helped the team reach 128/5 with nine fours in the innings.
A collective effort from Javeria Rauf and Umaima Sohail put on 36 for the first wicket, while Aliya Riaz contributed to the biggest partnership of the innings with Maroof, putting on 49 for the fourth wicket from 37 balls.
Despite back-to-back boundaries in the last over, the team was weak on the batting front. It is apparent how the coach is in severe need of taking matters seriously, as the batting exudes uncertainty.
In defiance of the team playing a fantastic innings in the first match, the unreliable nature on the batting front still persists, with an unsettled role of the senior players. The Pakistan Cricket Board insists on incorporating new changes, but evidently, the odds and ends are still shaky.