Australia eyes semi-final after 25-run win against Pakistan
Favourites Australia one step closer to a semi-final berth with its win over Pakistan
Jess Cameron starred with the bat, scoring a 28-ball 42.
Australia has one foot in the semi-final at the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2012, after registering a 25-run win over Pakistan courtesy the Duckworth/Lewis method in Galle on Saturday (September 29).
Chasing 147, Pakistan was hampered at the outset when Sana Mir, the captain, was dismissed for a duck by Elysse Perry. It was struggling at 38 for 3 from nine overs, with Nain Abidi (7*) and Nida Dar (6*) at the crease, when sharp showers meant that play had to be interrupted. The rain lasted just 15 minutes, but after inspection, the umpires felt it had done enough damage to the outfield for them to call off the match. The D/L par score was 63.
Fresh from a clinical win over India on Thursday, Australia once again dominated proceedings from start to finish. The defending champion, which had no hesitation in batting first, backed that decision with an exhilirating opening stand of 53 from Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning that spanned less than nine overs.
Healy was the aggressor, as her 36 came off 30 balls with two fours and a six. Pakistan opened with spin in the hope of catching Australia off guard, but the slow bowlers were attacked from the word go.
Australia's progress was briefly halted when Healy and Lanning, who made 16, fell in the ninth over to leave them at 54 for two. Jess Cameron, who made an unbeaten 36 against India, carried on her good form. Her third-wicket stand with Lisa Sthalekar, who made 29, was worth 67. Cameron fell in the 17th over for 42, but not before setting a solid foundation.
Sadia Yousuf, the left-arm spinner, picked up two wickets but conceded 39 off her four overs, while Mir and Asmavia Iqbal had one wicket apiece. Pakistan, still winless at the Women's World T20, will have only pride to play for when it takes on India in its final league match on Monday (October 1).