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Women’s T20I: Australia outclass Pakistan in 2nd game

HOBART: Australia defeated Pakistan by eight wickets in the second women’s Twenty20 International at Blundstone Arena to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Opting to bat first, Pakistan managed 96-7 in 20 overs. Opening batter Muneeba Ali top-scored with a 43-ball 33, hitting four fours. Captain Bismah Maroof contributed an undefeated 29.

For Australia, leg-spinner Alana King bagged two wickets for 10 runs.

The hosts achieved the target in the 13th over with eight wickets in hand.

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Beth Mooney hit six fours and a six in her 29-ball 46 to be Australia’s best batter. Meg Lanning scored 31. Both batters fell to off-spinner Nida Dar, who finished with figures of 2-27.

The third and final T20I will be played at Manuka Oval in Canberra on January 29.

Scores in brief: Australia beat Pakistan by eight wickets.

Pakistan 96-7, 20 overs (Muneeba Ali 33, Bismah Maroof 29 not out; Alana King 2-10). Australia 100-2, 12.4 overs (Beth Mooney 46, Meg Lanning 31; Nida Dar 2-27).

Player of the match: Beth Mooney (Australia).

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