Pakistan’s Muneeba Ali on Wednesday (February 15) created historical past by turning into the primary girls participant to hit a ton for her nation within the T20 format as they beat Eire by 70 runs. She grew to become solely the sixth participant in world cricket to realize the feat, becoming a member of Deandra Dottin, Meg Lanning, Harmanpreet Kaur, Heather Knight and Lizelle Lee. The win additionally noticed Pakistan bounce again from a defeat, having misplaced to India on Sunday.
Muneeba’s ideas in Put up-Match
Muneeba’s 102 got here off simply 68 balls and featured 14 boundaries, as she carved up Eire’s bowling assault. Talking after her sensible knock, Muneeba credited batting accomplice Nida Dar with encouraging her at an important level of the innings.
“I used to be very assured once I bought on the market. After I made a begin within the powerplay I assumed it will be my day and I might make it depend,” she stated.
“Then I had a partnership with Nida and she or he was at all times telling me to maintain going and rating huge.
“So from the twelfth or thirteenth over I felt I might make 100, and she or he pushed me.
“I used to be enjoying with my toes and attempting to grasp the place they had been attempting to bowl and make a plan the place I might discover a boundary,” Muneeba continued.
“I wish to dedicate my (Participant of the Match) award to my captain and my teammates. We had a nasty recreation (in opposition to India) and we battle quite a bit, however everyone seems to be joyful right this moment.”
Muneeba at her best
In her forty fifth look in T20Is for Pakistan, this was the primary time the left-hander had handed 50 with the bat. However her kind within the format has been on the rise up to now couple of years, and this inning lastly noticed her convert her expertise into output.
It has been in ODI cricket the place Muneeba has beforehand proven her class, scoring one century and two half-centuries in 30 profession matches so far, averaging 25.17. And now that she has a T20I ton to her title, the bespectacled opener has boosted her fame within the shorter worldwide format and can be seeking to push on as a power-hitter for Pakistan.
Pakistan will return to World Cup motion on Sunday in opposition to West Indies in Paarl. And a gathering with England on Tuesday is about to spherical off their group marketing campaign and doubtlessly determine the end result of Group 2.
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