Australia to focus on maintaining unbeaten run against Pakistan

Six-time champion Australia is tied with India at six points from three games each but placed second owing to India’s better net run-rate
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·       Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry: “We haven’t really spoken about any other match apart from the one ahead of us”  

·       Pakistan bowler Diana Baig: “We’re trying to prepare for the next matches and we’re positive for the Australia match that we will do something”

·       The match can be watched live on 9Now and Foxsports.com.au in Australia

·       Pre-match audios, photographs from Australia v Pakistan match and post-match video interviews to be available at the Online Media Zone

Defending champion Australia has won its first three matches at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 but Ellyse Perry says the team is solely focussed on taking each game as it comes.

Pakistan is next up for Australia in Leicester after the defending champion comfortably beat New Zealand by five wickets.

Perry smashed 71 runs in an impressive performance but says the team is not getting ahead of itself.

The all-rounder said: “Pakistan will be a great challenge. The way this tournament and format is set up, we don’t have an easy game.

“It’s really nice to win and be positive but we will refocus on each match.

“We haven’t really spoken about any other match apart from the one ahead of us.

“Every match is a bit of a challenge. We’ve seen teams knock one another off with it being a bit unexpected.

“Going into this tournament, I think that was a reality because of this format and the way the game has developed in the last four years.

“For us, we would just like to keep building and hopefully improving with each match. That’s really the key.

“If those things go well then towards the end of the tournament you should be in a really good place but there’s a bit of cricket to play before then.”

Nashra Sandhu took an impressive four for 26 against India.
Nashra Sandhu took an impressive four for 26 against India.

Six-time champion Australia is tied with India at six points from three games each but placed second owing to India’s better net run-rate while Pakistan is still looking for its first points after doing well in patches against South Africa and India.

Pakistan impressed in the bowling department against India with Nashra Sandhu taking an impressive four for 26.

But it was massively let down in the batting department with Sana Mir (29) and Bibi Nahida (23) the only players to reach double figures as it was bowled out for just 74.

Bowler Diana Baig though is looking at the positives ahead of its crunch game with Australia.

The bowler said: “We’re trying to prepare for the next matches and we’re positive for the Australia match that we will do something.

“It’s an amazing feeling to play against Australia, but it’s just a team. I want to play against the next team.

“Our fielding and bowling we were 100 per cent but we didn’t click in our batting (against India) but we will bounce back in our next match.”

In Australia, the match will be live on 9Now and Foxsports.com.au. For further information, please contact your local listings.

Squads:

Australia: Meg Lanning (captain), Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Nicole Bolton, Alex Blackwell, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani and Amanda-Jade Wellington

Pakistan: Sana Mir (captain), Asmavia Iqbal, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Ghulam Fatima, Iram Javed, Javeria Wadood, Kainat Imtiaz, Marina Iqbal, Bibi Nahida, Nain Abidi, Nashra Sundhu, Sadia Yousaf, Sidra Nawaz and Waheeda Akhter

Umpires: Sue Redfern and Anil Chaudhary

Match referee: David Jukes

Points Table

TEAM

PLAYED

WON

LOST

NR

POINTS

NRR

India

3

3

0

0

6

1.11

Australia

3

3

0

0

6

0.72

South Africa

3

2

0

1

5

2.12

England

3

2

1

0

4

1.49

New Zealand

3

1

1

1

3

0.51

Sri Lanka

3

0

3

0

0

-1.54

Pakistan

3

0

3

0

0

-1.60

West Indies

3

0

3

0

0

-2.18

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