Australia Women's captain Jodie Fields is elated with her team's performance and wants to keep the momentum going
Pakistan lost its eighth consecutive game at the ICC Women's World Twenty20 on Saturday. The loss to Australia means the team will not only have to win against India in its final league match on Monday (October 1), but also hope that other results go its way if it’s to progress to the semi-final stage.
Sana Mir, the captain, was desperately disappointed, especially after the weather had the final say midway through Pakistan’s chase. "It is tough to digest this loss," said Mir. "We don't have too much of international exposure, so this was a stage that we all looked forward to, and it is very disappointing to lose in this manner."
The match was also Pakistan's first against Australia in Twenty20 internationals. Mir felt getting opportunities against the top teams was the only way the team could improve. "We played Australia three years ago in a warm-up, and haven't played against them since,” she said. “I think it is important to play against the top teams.
"We really look forward to playing the bigger teams. It is about playing and improving, and that can happen only if we regularly play against the top sides like England and Australia."
Australia, which opted to bat, posted 146, which Mir felt was 20 too many. "We didn't want to concede more than 130, but even with that, when we came out to bat, we tinkered with the batting in order to make use of the powerplay overs, but it didn't work," she said.
Pakistan plays its last league game against India, and Mir said her team was eagerly awaiting the challenge. "We want to go out on a high, and there’s no bigger motivation than beating India. We've worked hard and its disappointing, but we can't fight the weather. If we have to go out, we may as well go down fighting."
Jodie Fields, the Australian captain, was full of praise for her batters, who set the foundation for a big total. "Really happy with the performance, the batting was really good," she said. Jess Cameron, who was named Player of the match for her knock of 42, seemed to relish the challenge of performing on the big stage. "I think I've worked really hard for this," she said. "Our preparation here has been good, we've adjusted well to the conditions here. I don't believe I've done too much, hopefully I'm reserving my best for England."
Australia takes on England in its final league game on Monday, but there isn't any pressure ahead of the big clash, according to Fields. "We are going to approach it like any other match," she said. "Everyone's talking about them being the favourites, so I think the pressure is off us. We're going well, so we need to refocus and keep the momentum with us."