New Zealand lost four wickets in eight balls towards the back end of their innings, yet their 144/6 was big enough a target for their bowlers to defend against Pakistan in Match 14 of the ICC Women's World T20 2018.
Choosing to bowl at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, on Thursday, 15 November, Pakistan came up against the opening pair of Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates. Devine was looking in especially good flow when she was expertly caught by Nashra Sandhu, who maintained her balance by the ropes.
All of New Zealand's top four got starts, but with Sana Mir and Aliya Riaz triggering a collapse, the total was kept to under 150.
Pakistan's openers raced to 31 in three overs, with the in-form Javeria Khan taking on the bowling. But once Leigh Kasperek benefitted from a successful review of caught behind to send back Ayesha Zafar, Khan found little support from the rest of the line-up.
Lea Tahuhu hit speeds of 126kmph, while Jess Watkin ran through the middle order. New Zealand had no chance of reaching the semi-final, but they could take pride in a win.
This was Pakistan's last match of the tournament; they finish with one win from four matches.
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