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Australia move to top after 3-0 series win over Pakistan

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Australia overtook New Zealand to the top of the ICC Women's Championship points table after their clean sweep against Pakistan

• Australia captain Meg Lanning: “We were challenged early in our first game but our batters responded to that well. Our bowlers did well throughout the series, adapted well. We are pleased to take the six points”

• Pakistan captain Javeria Khan: “This series has been useful in our preparation for the ICC Women’s World T20. We need to manage the pressure in crucial times”

• Sana Mir becomes first Pakistan player to top the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings; Healy, Haynes, Gardner and Nahida among others to advance

Defending champions Australia came up with a strong performance to defeat Pakistan 3-0 in their third series of the ICC Women’s Championship in Kuala Lumpur and overtake New Zealand to the top of the points table.

Australia, who won by margins of five wickets, 150 runs and 89 runs, have moved to 16 points after nine matches with New Zealand four behind on 12 points. England are currently third with 10 points while the Windies are fourth with nine. Pakistan have slipped behind India to sixth position, equal with them on eight points, but behind on net run rate.

Australia captain Meg Lanning: “It was a pretty good series for us. We were challenged early in our first game but our batters responded to that well. Our bowlers did well throughout the series, adapted well. We are pleased to take the six points.

“Any time you can play international cricket, it is a learning curve. When we get to the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 we have to adapt to the conditions pretty quick. We’ve been challenged in this series and that will hold us in good stead.

“Sophie (Molineux) delivered each time, 10 overs each game, executed very well. Alyssa Healy batted very well. She did not get away in the first two games but has shown good form ahead of the big tournament. I myself have been playing the ball real well, so look forward to the T20Is coming up.”

Javeria Khan: “Rating the performance of this young team against a strong side like Australia at this moment may not be the right idea. Yes, a lot of learning was there as we don't often get a chance to face such an opposition.

“Rating the performance of this young team against a strong side like Australia at this moment may not be the right idea
“Rating the performance of this young team against a strong side like Australia at this moment may not be the right idea"

“Challenging their standards was tough but after every match our performance has shown a gradual improvement. The batting struggled in the initial two matches but we managed to put up a good score on the board in the third one.

“In bowling, we could not develop enough pressure through the 50 overs. A lot is to be learnt and fixed against such teams. We played a series with them in 2014 and now in 2018. We can excel if we get a chance to play higher ranked teams every year. Talent is there, we just need opportunities.

“This series has been useful in our preparation for the ICC Women’s World T20. We need to manage the pressure in crucial times and restrain well. There is a lot to learn from them. We are hoping to execute the learnings successfully in the coming T20IS as well as in the ICC Women’s World T20.

“I thought Sana (Mir) and Nahida (Khan) played well. Aliya (Riaz) played only one match in which she handled the pressure brilliantly and did well in both batting and bowling.”

Sana Mir has become the first Pakistan woman to top any ODI table
Sana Mir has become the first Pakistan woman to top any ODI table

Meanwhile, there is no change of positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings after the result but there are several notable movements in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings.

Sana Mir tops bowlers’ ranking: Former captain Sana Mir, who took seven wickets during the series, has become the first Pakistan woman to top any ODI table. She has advanced from number four, in the process overtaking two Australia bowlers - Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen - as well as South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp.

Nahida Khan (up four places to 25th) among batters and Diana Baig (up 10 places to 58th) are among the other Pakistan players to gain in rankings.

For Australia, Alyssa Healy has moved up two places to joint-16th among batters, Rachael Haynes has gained four places to reach 30th while Ashley Gardner has advanced eight places to 50th in the same list and moved up nine places to 17th among bowlers.

Scores in brief:

1st ODI in Kuala Lumpur, 18 October
Australia won by five wickets by DLS method
Pakistan 95 all out in 22.2 overs (Javeria Khan 21, Sana Mir 21; Megan Schutt 3-17, Nicola Carey 3-19)
Australia (target 92 from 41 overs) 95-5 in 22.2 overs (Rachael Haynes 29; Sana Mir 3-26)

2nd ODI in Kuala Lumpur, 20 October
Australia won by 150 runs
Australia 273-7 in 50 overs (Meg Lanning 124, Rachael Haynes 79, Nashra Sundhu 3-54)
Pakistan 123 all out in 40.1 overs (Nahida Khan 66, Sophie Molineux 4-14)

3rd ODI in Kuala Lumpur, 22 October
Australia won by 89 runs
Australia 324-7 in 50 overs (Alyssa Healy 97, Ashley Gardner 62; Sana Mir 3-53)
Pakistan 235-7 in 50 overs (Aliya Riaz 51, Sidra Ameen 41, Nahida Khan 37, Nida Dar 30; Ashley Gardner 3-44)

MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings (as of 23 October)

Rank

Team

Points

1

Australia

141

2

England

123

3

India

119

4

New Zealand

116

5

South Africa

98

6

West Indies

92

7

Pakistan

72

8

Sri Lanka

58

9

Bangladesh

49

10

Ireland

21

 

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings (as of 23 October)

BATTING (top 20)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Ellyse Perry

Aus

681

49.63

758 v Ind at Vadodara 2018

2

( - )

Meg Lanning

Aus

675

52.72

834 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

3

( - )

Mithali Raj

Ind

674

51.17

839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004

4

( - )

S. Mandhana

Ind

672

39.07

692 v SL at Galle 2018

5

(+1)

Lizelle Lee

SA

659

33.69

752 v Eng at Hove 2018

6

(+1)

T. Beaumont

Eng

657!

41.53

657 v NZ at Leicester 2018

7

(+1)

Suzie Bates

NZ

656

43.76

775 v Aus at Bay Oval 2016

8

(+1)

Stafanie Taylor

Win

632

43.69

765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012

9

(+1)

C. Athapaththu

SL

628!

31.45

628 v Ind at Katunayake 2018

10

(+1)

Sophie Devine

NZ

619!

32.19

619 v Eng at Leicester 2018

11

(-6)

Nicole Bolton

Aus

617

43.93

687 v Ind at Vadodara 2018

12

( - )

D.van Niekerk

SA

601!

35.38

601 v Win at Bridgetown 2018

13

( - )

Heather Knight

Eng

596

36.42

620 v NZ at Headingley 2018

14

( - )

A.Satterthwaite

NZ

593

37.36

756 v Aus at Bay Oval 2017

15

( - )

Natalie Sciver

Eng

588

38.00

642 v NZ at Derby 2017

16=

(+2)

Alyssa Healy

Aus

574!

24.22

574 v Pak at Kuala Lumpur 2018

 

( - )

L. Wolvaardt

SA

574*

45.77

580 v Win at Bridgetown 2018

18

(-1)

H. Kaur

Ind

558

34.68

679 v SA at Bangalore 2014

19

(-1)

Deepti Sharma

Ind

555*

42.66

560 v SL at Galle 2018

20

( - )

Sarah Taylor

Eng

541

40.25

803 v Aus at Chelmsford 2009

 

BOWLING (top 20)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Avge

Eco.

Highest Rating

1

(+3)

Sana Mir

Pak

663!

25.02

3.71

663 v Aus at Kuala Lumpur 2018

2

( - )

Megan Schutt

Aus

660

23.09

4.35

673 v Pak at Kuala Lumpur 2018

3

( - )

M. Kapp

SA

643

23.86

3.66

689 v Ind at Potchefstroom (N 2017

4

(-3)

Jess Jonassen

Aus

636

23.19

4.18

676 v Ind at Vadodara 2018

5

( - )

J. Goswami

Ind

609

21.60

3.24

796 v Eng at Chennai 2007

6

( - )

Shibnam Ismail

SA

603

20.26

3.62

648 v Eng at Worcester 2018

7

( - )

Katherine Brunt

Eng

592

23.58

3.48

796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013

8

( - )

Stafanie Taylor

Win

573

19.56

3.26

768 v NZ at Kingston 2013

9

( - )

Ellyse Perry

Aus

568

26.01

4.38

698 v Ind at Mumbai 2012

10

( - )

A. Khaka

SA

562

28.00

4.13

620 v Eng at Worcester 2018

11

( - )

D. van Niekerk

SA

551

19.38

3.53

602 v Ban at Potchefstroom 2018

12

( - )

Anya Shrubsole

Eng

544

27.57

4.27

595 v Aus at New South Wales 2017

13

( - )

Poonam Yadav

Ind

542*!

21.15

3.77

542 v SL at Katunayake 2018

14

( - )

Deepti Sharma

Ind

540*

26.89

3.81

553 v SL at Galle 2018

15

( - )

Leigh Kasperek

NZ

517*!

16.38

3.68

517 v Eng at Leicester 2018

16

( - )

R. Gayakwad

Ind

509*

16.72

3.37

540 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2017

17

(+9)

A. Gardner

Aus

505*!

25.88

4.28

505 v Pak at Kuala Lumpur 2018

18

(-1)

Amelia Kerr

NZ

500*

20.58

4.04

516 v Eng at Headingley 2018

19

(-1)

Shikha Pandey

Ind

498*

21.43

4.00

566 v Aus at Derby 2017

20

(-1)

A. Mohammed

Win

495

19.63

3.37

704 v Aus at Sydney 2014

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Ellyse Perry

Aus

386

446 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

2

( - )

Stafanie Taylor

Win

362

559 v NZ at Kingston 2013

3

( - )

D. van Niekerk

SA

331

333 v Win at Bridgetown 2018

4

( - )

Deepti Sharma

Ind

299*/*

304 v SL at Galle 2018

5

( - )

Sana Mir

Pak

259!

259 v Aus at Kuala Lumpur 2018

 

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