Visiting Pakistan pulled off a memorable tie against South Africa to reach 5 spots in the ICC Women's Championship table. Both teams had one game each coming into the final game and there nothing to separate the two after three games.
Batting 1st, South Africa were off to a great start as both openers, Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt scored 50. Captain Sune Luus was also in great form scoring 84 balls 80. South Africa finished with 265-6. Aliya Riaz picked up a couple for Pakistan. Aimen Anwar, Nida Dar and Sana Mir picked a wicket each. Sana Mir, went on to become the leading wicket-taking spinner in the world when she had South African captain Sune Luus caught.
Pakistan’s start was shaky as they slumped to 37 for 3. Nida Dar along with Javeria Khan took the team to 91 before the former was bowled. However, Javeria still held it together scoring 74. But there was much to do when she left the crease at 165-5.
Aliya Riaz then took it on herself to push Pakistan forward. Umaima Sohail and Sana Mir also chipped in with 16 each. When Aliya departed for 71, it looked like Pakistan would finish agonisingly close.
Nashra Sandhu held her nerve to score 7 of the last two balls to seal the tie. Masabata Klaas was the pick of the South African bowlers, picking up three wickets.
However, Pakistan would be pleased with the result as they moved ahead of New Zealand in the ICC Women's Championship table to 5th.