Javeria Khan, Aliya Riaz, bowlers hand Pakistan Women big win

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Zimbabwe were bundled out for 77, losing their last seven wickets for 37 runs

Pakistan Women 255 for 6 (Javeria 81, Riaz 74, Sibanda 2-28) beat Zimbabwe Women 77 all out (Iqbal 2-8, Sana 2-16) by 178 runs

Pakistan Women bowlers ran through the Zimbabwe line-up to bundle them out for 77 and seal a massive 178-run win in the first of the five-match one-day series in Harare. Earlier, captain Javeria Khan (81) and Aliya Riaz (74) put up a 157-run partnership to take Pakistan to 255.

After being asked to bat, Pakistan lost openers Muneeba Ali and Ayesha Zafar within the 10th over, with quicks Nomvelo Sibanda and Esther Mbofana accounting for their wickets, and that brought Javeria to the crease. She hit eight fours in her 116-ball stay, which also got her the Player-of-the-Match performance. Tasmeen Granger then removed Nida Dar, following which Riyaz joined Javeria for the fifth wicket to take Pakistan to a formidable total.

In reply, Zimbabwe’s first three wickets fell to quicks Diana Baig and Fatima Sana within eight overs, following which spinners Dar, Sadia Iqbal and Nashra Sandhu took over and decimated the middle order. Only two Zimbabwe batters made double-digit scores, as they lost their last seven wickets for 37 runs to be bowled out within 35 overs.

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