Australia   s womens captain Meg Lanning scored an unbeaten 43    Getty Images
Australia s womens captain Meg Lanning scored an unbeaten 43 Getty Images

In the first match of the final day of warm-up games for the ICC Women s World Cup 2017, Australia went up against Pakistan at the Leicester. Winning the toss, Australia asked Pakistan to bat first under seaming friendly conditions who then were bundled out for just 156 runs. Being set a target of 157 to win, Australia hardly dropped a sweat in their chase and won the match by 8 wickets. WWC 2017, warm-ups: SA beat WI by 6 wickets after latter bundle out for 63

Opening pair of Nicole Bolton and Beth Mooney batted with brute force going past 60 runs in just 10 overs. Nicole in particular took on charge and ended up making 31 off just 28 balls. She became Diana Baig s only victim. Beth Mooney retired on the score of 63 from 72 balls inclusive of 10 fours.

Meg Lanning took over proceedings and score a quick 40 off 34 balls. She was ably helped by Rachael Haynes who made 10-ball 14.

Batting first, Pakistan openers Ayesh Zafar and Nahida Khan managed to frustrate their opponents by dead-batting everything initially. The pair without much fuzz added 37 runs before

Belinda Vakarewa picked by Ayesha for 21. New batswoman, Marina Iqbal got out without disturbing the scorers getting bowled by Jess Jonassen. The experience of Bismah Maroof and Nahinda brought some stability then. The pair ensured Pakistan did not suffer a collapse and added 48 runs for the third wicket. Nahida, who scored valuable 51 off 57, was dismissed by Ashleigh Gardner.

Nain Abidi coming in at No.5 too went early getting leg-before to Kristen Beams for 3. Kainat Imtiaz became Jess’s second wicket after she was bowled for 7 off 22 deliveries. Jess nabbed her third as she picked up the prized scalp of Bismah for 39.

Asmavia Iqbal did resist her stay in the middle but went for a 29-ball 12 giving Sarah Aley her first scalp. Aley soon scalped Sana Mir as well for 4.

She dismissed the tail in quick succession removing Sidra Nawaz and Waheeda Akhtar for 6 and 0 respectively. Sarah ended with figures of 4 for 16, while Jess ended with 3 wickets.

Brief score:

Pakistan Women 156 all out in 46.4 overs (Nahida Khan 51, Bismah Maroof 39; Sarah Aley 4 for 16) lost to Australia Women 159 for 2 in 23.2 overs (Beth Mooney 63, Meg Lanning 40*; Diana Baig 1 for 32) by 6 wickets.