Two dropped catches prove crucial as Windies lose by four wickets

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BROOKLYN,  NY – Two dropped catches let Pakistan Women off the hook as they trounced West Indies Women by four wickets in the fourth One-Day International here Thursday, to end their winless run five-match series finally.

Asked to chase a competitive 211 at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, Pakistan reached their target with eight balls to spare, with Omaima Sohail top-scoring with 61 off 89 deliveries and Sidra Ameen getting 41 off 87 balls.

However, both benefited from the hosts’ unfortunate generosity in the field.

Entering at number four, Sohail had scored only two when she was dropped by Haylew Matthews at slip-off seamer Chinelle Henry in the 14th over.

The right-hander recovered to hit four fours in an 81-run, third-wicket stand with Sidra Ameen, who was dropped on 17 in the 17th over by debutant wicketkeeper Rashada Williams off-spinner Anisa Mohammed in the 17th over.

Ameen, who had earlier added 32 for the first wicket with Muneeba Ali (19), struck a single four before she fell in the 29th over, becoming the second of fast bowler Shakera Selman’s two wickets.

Sohail posted a further 33 for the fourth wicket with Kainat Imtiaz (16) before Nida Dar entered at number six to hit a breezy unbeaten 29 off 34 balls with three fours and see the visitors home.

Earlier, left-hander Kyshona Knight struck a career-best 88 off 140 deliveries as West Indies recovered from 29 for two in the eighth over to reach 210 all out with two balls remaining in the innings.

Captain Stafanie Taylor gathered 49 off 77 balls but was the only other batsman to pass 20 as Player-of-the-Match Fatima Sana (4-30) and left-arm spinner Nashra Sandhu (4-49) undermined the innings.

Fatima accounted for both openers, Matthews trapped lbw for one in the second over, and Deandra Dottin caught at extra cover for 19.

But Knight rallied the innings, striking eight fours and a six in a 142-run, third-wicket partnership with Taylor, who counted five fours.

Taylor’s demise, caught at the wicket sweeping at Nashra in the 40th over, sparked a dramatic collapse as the last eight wickets went down for only 39 runs.

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