Youth dominates to help Australia go two-up

AUSTRALIA’s younger stars shone in game two of their series against Pakistan to help the Australians go two-up in their three match series.

Darcie Brown, Annabel Sutherland, Phoebe Litchfield and Alana King all starred in the 10 wicket win, but it was not all the youth as Beth Mooney also starred with the bat in the dominant win alongside Litchfield.

After the Pakistanis chose to bat first, it did not prove to be a fruitful choice for the travellers as they lost their first wicket after only an over and a half and with only two runs on the board. The second wicket partnership proved to be a lot more fruitful, but unfortunately for the Pakistanis it was all downhill from there.

They kept losing wickets too quickly, unable to put much more than 20-run partnerships together. They were eventually bowled out for 125 after 43 overs, but with the Aussies conceding a whopping 21 extras the total could have been even less. Only five Pakistani batters made a double figure score, with the highest of these being Nida Dar on 24.

Brown was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3/32 off her eight overs, while Sutherland and King both finished with two wickets to their names. Although she did not pick up a wicket, Kim Garth was very economical with the ball on debut, finishing with the figures of 0/13 from her eight overs, which included a whopping four maidens.

In reply the total to chase down proved to be absolutely no trouble for opening pair Mooney and Litchfield, as the pair reached the target in the 20th over without being dismissed. The Pakistanis cannot even blame bad bowling as they only conceded five extras. Litchfield belted 10 fours on her way to 67 not out, while Mooney whacked five of her own on the way to 57 not out.

The series finishes up with one final ODI on Saturday before attention turns to the T20 portion of the series.

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