Molineux, top-order muscle give Australia 1-0 lead in T20s

Women from Australia 195 from 3 (Gardner 63 *, Healy 59, Mooney 38) won Women from Pakistan 131 from 7 (Nahida 43, Molineux 4-16) by 64 races

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Batsmen Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner continued their brilliant form from the ODI to the T20Is and the left arm spinner Sophie Molineux embellished the figures from 4 to 16 continue their dominance over Pakistan. After getting a challenging 195 for 3, Australia allowed only one Pakistani hitter to score more than 25 and restricted them to 131 by 7 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-game T20I series.

Opting to hit, the best in Australia The order was imposed on the bowlers from the start, while Beth Mooney (38) and Healy hammered three legs and six to put 57 in the Powerplay. Mooney was soon caught by left-arm spinner Nashra Sandhu, but Healy continued to break the limits to reach her fifth half-century T20I, after her 97 in the third ODI three days ago, only 28 balls. Gardner took charge once Healy fell by 59, and connected three consecutive fours against Aliya Riaz in the 16th. Although Nida Dar took the big window of Meg Lanning for 6 in the next, Elyse Villani was 18 undefeated 13 and Gardner 63 with 37, with nine fours and a six, Australia with a power close to the mark of 200. Gardner had also beaten an unbeaten 62 in the third ODI against Pakistan, although in number 7.

Sana Mir, who recently became the top-ranked bowler in the ODI ranking, Sandhu and Dar conceded minus 10 runs per each,

Molineux hit his fifth ball by eliminating left-handed starter Muneeba Ali as a duck, when he rowed well, but Healy completed a quick take and a downward leg shot. Javeria Khan showed form flashes with a punch in the back and a slog towards the long four-legged long against Ellyse Perry in the third, but Molineux came back in the fifth and took a simple return to his left to eliminate Javeria. 12-ball 16.

Nahida Khan, the other opening, and debutant Umaima Sohail scored energetically in a position of 55 for the third carrier to take Pakistan past 80 just after the halfway point. Molineux also broke that stance, when Nahida tried to drag her, but failed to roll for a 32-ball. From 82 to 3 in the 11th, Pakistan never recovered from the chase, as it lost four more windows for 41 races.

Megan Schutt was once again economical, with figures of 4-0-14-1 and Molineux four-for showed good signs for Australia's pivotal attack before the T20 World Cup next month.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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