Darcie Brown, Annabel Sutherland and Phoebe Litchfield star in Australia’s win over Pakistan

They arrived when Ash Gardiner’s off-break Muneeba Ali temptingly missed, forcing a cut drive into cover where Ellyse Perry ran back for an excellent catch, and then Sutherland (2-13) won a critical lbw judgment against Bismah Maroof with her second Ball.

Brown duly returned to sew up a back and roll Omaima Sohail, then moved the ball the other way to elicit another outside edge from Aliya Riaz. At 5-88, Pakistan’s innings was in shambles after a promising start and Alana King (2-25) helped clean up the tail.

“I like to keep it very simple, but I tried to tear it up a little bit more and get my hand behind the ball as much as possible, unlike the last game,” Brown said. “It wasn’t rocking that much, I felt like I could control this game a little bit better, there weren’t that many clouds over me and it was nice and hot.”

Where conditions for the first game had been wet, overcast and difficult to hit, the clear skies made for ideal conditions in which Mooney (after a duck in the opening game) and Litchfield could fluidly come into contact.

Pakistan’s bowlers were full of hope looking for edges and stumps in the early overs, allowing Litchfield to develop drives for all of their first five boundaries.


Mooney, meanwhile, worked the ball with typical efficiency after flicking the first ball of the inning through the square leg to the rope.

Neither Litchfield nor Mooney stood a chance as Australia clinched their 11th consecutive ODI series or tournament win against all their opponents since being eliminated in the semi-finals of the 2017 World Cup in England.

“She’s amazing, she’s a big bundle of energy,” Brown said of Litchfield. “I played a lot of underage cricket against her and did a couple of Aussie camps with her. She’s great to play with and she’s good at everything, so it’s no surprise that she dominates.”

The final game of the series takes place at the North Sydney Oval on Saturday before a three-game Twenty20 clash ahead of the World Cup in South Africa in February.

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/young-guns-fire-as-australia-dismantle-pakistan-without-losing-a-wicket-20230118-p5cddk.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_sport Darcie Brown, Annabel Sutherland and Phoebe Litchfield star in Australia’s win over Pakistan

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