Australia is one victory away from securing a series victory over Pakistan, with the second ODI between the two nations currently underway at Allan Border Field.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first in Brisbane, and Darcie Brown got a breakthrough with her third delivery of the day, removing Sidra Amin with an outswinger that kissed the outside edge.
However, Brown was denied a second wicket when Australian teenager Phoebe Litchfield dropped a catch at second slip, gifting Muneeba Ali Siddiqui an extra life on 1.
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Muneeba Ali’s luck ran out in the 13th over when she attempted to chip Ash Gardner over cover, with Ellyse Perry running back holding onto a catch over her shoulder.
The hosts claimed a comfortable eight-wicket on Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match bilateral series, with captain Meg Lanning and debutant Phoebe Litchfield each scoring fifties.
“To get off the mark was the first job, but to stick with Meg and then hit the running runs, it’s a nice feeling,” Player of the Match Litchfield told reporters in the post-match press conference.
“I’d never batted with Meg or played with her and she’s just the best batting partner.
“She knows exactly what to say and whenever I felt under pressure, she either scored a four or came down the other end and gave me some words of advice.”
Kim Garth, who previously represented Ireland in 34 ODIs, made her Australian 50-over debut, becoming the 149th woman to achieve the feat. She replaces Megan Schutt in the starting XI, while Pakistan side is unchanged.
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Beth Mooney (wk), Phoebe Litchfield, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Ash Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Kim Garth, Darcie Brown
Muneeba Ali, Sidra Ameen, Bismah Maroof (c), Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, Kainat Imtiaz, Fatima Sana, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Diana Baig, Sadia Iqbal
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