|West Indies 89-7 (20 overs): Dottin 27, Gift 4-10|
|Pakistan 90-2 (18.5 overs): Muniba 37, Umaima 22*|
|Pakistan won by eight wickets|
Off-roader Nida Dar posted a career-best 4-10 record as Pakistan took their first Women’s World Cup victory in 13 years and dealt a blow to West Indies hopes for the semi-finals.
The result also bolstered England’s hopes of a place in the semi-finals as Heather Knight’s side knew if they would win their remaining two group games – against Pakistan (24 March, 0100 GMT) and Bangladesh (26 March, 2200 GMT). they are likely to finish above the West Indies due to their higher net completion rate.
With Australia already gone, England are really struggling with South Africa, West Indies and India for the last three places in the semi-finals.
Heavy rain and a wet field caused Monday’s match in Hamilton to be delayed by more than five hours and reduced to 20 overs per side.
This was expected to favor a powerful West Indian player line-up, but Pakistani spinners, led by the experienced Dar, dominated instead.
The West Indies rose to 89-7 after a late flurry of runs, Deandra Dottin scored the most with 27 of 35 but Muniba Ali’s 37 of 43 put Pakistan on track for an eight-wicket victory that was sealed with seven. spare.
Pakistani skipper Bisma Marouf had previously won the toss, opted to play first, and after a cheap send-off by Hayley Matthews (1), her bowlers soon began to build up pressure.
Dar hit her first ball and sent off Dottin (27) in 10th as the Spinners took over and the West Indies fell to 51-4 in 13th.
Matters worsened for Stephanie Taylor’s team when Dar finished her spell in style with Kishiya Knight’s wicket and Henry’s Overcoat before Taylor (18), down by 0 and 7, gave Nashra Sandhu a simple return catch from the first ball. next to do it 63-7.
Afi Fletcher and Aaliyah Alleyn combined for 23 points in the last two overs, but the West Indies still lacked parity.
After a solid start from Pakistan, Fletcher brought hope to the West Indies by bowling Sidra Amin, but Muniba and Bismah kept their team going with excellent runs between wickets, sometimes interspersed with borders.
Muniba left in 13th but Pakistan was not denied and an uninterrupted stand of 33 between Bisma (20*) and Omaima Sohail (22*) was enough for them to cross the line without any late drama.
The West Indies remain third in the table, two points ahead of India and England, who have played a game more but with the worst clean sheet among semi-final contenders ahead of the final group match against South Africa.