Twitter Reactions: Muneeba Ali’s century, Nashra Sandhu’s four-wicket haul powers Pakistan to massive victory
Muneeba Ali became the first ever Pakistani woman to score a T20I century.
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After losing a close game against India in their campaign opener, Pakistan bounced back stronger than ever to defeat Ireland in their second game of the season. The two sides locked horns in the 10th match of the Women’s T20 World Cup at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town and Pakistan’s sheer dominance led them to a massive 70-run victory, marking their first in the tournament.
Ireland won the toss and put Pakistan to bat first. Though Pakistan’s start was a bit sluggish as opener Javeria Khan had to walk back to the pavilion after a runout, Muneeba kept the scorecard ticking. Skipper Bismah Maroof, who had notched up the crucial runs against India in their previous contest, failed to go big and was dismissed cheaply on the sixth ball that she faced.
It was then the 101-run third-wicket partnership between Muneeba and Nida Dar that helped Pakistan post a winning total. While Nida Dar too was quick in scoring runs, Muneeba took charge of piling up the runs and went on to score her maiden century, becoming the first-ever Pakistani woman cricketer to achieve the feat in T20Is. Thanks to her 68-ball knock of 102, Pakistan finished at 165/5 in their quota of 20 overs.
Ireland had a bad time in the first innings and the batters looked to cover up for the same, but the Pakistani bowlers were at their best, and did not leave any scope for Ireland to score runs. Openers Amy Hunter and Gaby Lewis were cleaned up in the powerplay itself, courtesy of Fatima Sana and Nida Dar. Orla Prendergast and Eimear Richardson put up decent scores, but that was all for Ireland.
Except for Lewis, Orla, and Richardson, no other batter could even reach the double-digit mark. Nashra Sandhu registered her career-best bowling figures of 4/18 in her four-overs spell which helped Pakistan take down the Irish women. Sadia Iqbal and Nida Dar chipped in with two wickets each, while Fatima Sana and Tuba Hassan finished with one wicket each to their name as Pakistan bundled out Ireland for 95 runs in 16.3 overs to win the game by 70 runs. Thanks to the win, Pakistan are now placed third in the points table.
Here's how Twitter reacted:
Sensational from Muneeba Ali 🙌— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) February 15, 2023
It’s the highest score of the tournament so far!
And the first century ever in Women’s T20Is for Pakistan!
Follow LIVE 📝: https://t.co/Nq24hGcSK9#PAKvIRE | #T20WorldCup | #TurnItUp pic.twitter.com/11YSIZqkBq
- Congratulations Girls 🇵🇰@MuneebaAli17 has created history by becoming the first female cricketer to score a century for Pakistan in T20 cricket. You & the all the other Pakistani women athletes have made us all incredibly proud#IamGAME #BackOurGirls #PakistanZindabad pic.twitter.com/EYZ9FvZLrx— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) February 15, 2023
History: Muneeba Ali becomes the first Pakistan Women to score a hundred in T20I.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 15, 2023
She did in the biggest stage in this format. pic.twitter.com/hxFV0XjlIL
History in Cape Town! Muneeba Ali becomes the first Pakistan batter to score a 100 in Women's T20Is and only the 6th woman in the world to do it in T20 World Cups.— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) February 15, 2023
Her century takes Pakistan to 165, their highest ever total in the tournament history. #TurnItUp pic.twitter.com/xxRSCgt4We
At the start of the #T20WorldCup2023 if anyone had told Muneeba Ali would be the one to score the first century, don't think many would have taken that seriously. What an historic moment for her and Pakistan. Incredible innings! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/xTUhrhKzCo— Sa. Gomesh | ச. கோமேஷ் (@SaGomesh) February 15, 2023
Take a bow Muneeba Ali. A truly special innings. The highest score in this World Cup so far, the first ever century and in fact, the highest score by a Pakistani woman in T20is ever. A HUGE moment for Pakistani cricket. Absolutely wonderful! #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/8x4P7kgfNQ— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) February 15, 2023
Muneeba Ali might not have been on anyone’s mind for first @T20WorldCup 💯 but this reflects the constant surprise nature of this World Cup and growing depth of the game. Congrats @MuneebaAli17 on your historic moment for @TheRealPCB and here’s to many more. #PakvIre #TurnItUp https://t.co/cGn56iWqef— Mel Jones (@meljones_33) February 15, 2023
Muneeba Ali 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. All of Pakistan should and will be proud.— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) February 15, 2023