The Australia Women’s cricket team faced off against the Pakistan Women in the first T20 International (T20I) at the North Sydney Oval in Sydney on Tuesday. The Aussies completely dominated the proceedings and registered a victory in the contest by eight wickets.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 24, 2023
The decision to bat first didn’t go well with the touring party as they struggled to score runs and ended up making only 118 in 20 overs. Omaima Sohail was the highest run-scorer for Pakistan with 30 runs off 36 balls, while Ayesha Naseem contributed 24 runs off 20 balls, including one four and three sixes.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) January 24, 2023
The Australian bowlers were right on the money from the word go. Experienced campaigner Megan Schutt wreaked havoc and picked up a five-wicket haul while conceding 15 runs in her quota of 4 overs, including a maiden. All-rounder Ellyse Perry also shined with the ball, taking a couple of scalps for 3 runs in 2 overs.
The Aussies have started strong with Megan Schutt picking up her first T20I 5-wicket haul 👏
Australia need 119 runs to win the first T20I.
— ICC (@ICC) January 24, 2023
In response, the hosts easily chased down the target in 13.4 overs. They did lose two wickets, but Perry, who had a great outing with the ball, stamped her authority with the bat as well. She took the game away from Pakistan with her aggressive 57 runs off 40 balls, including 7 fours and 1 six. Ashleigh Gardner also played a crucial role, remaining unbeaten on 30 runs off 19 balls.
Schutt was named player of the match for her outstanding performance with the ball. Her spell of 4 overs, in which she took five wickets, put Pakistan on the back foot, and the visitors were unable to recover from it.
— Australian Women's Cricket Team 🏏 (@AusWomenCricket) January 24, 2023