Southern Stars take 2-0 lead over Pakistan

25 Aug 2014

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The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have recorded a five-wicket win over Pakistan in the second One Day International (ODI) of the Commonwealth Bank International Women's Series.

The match was moved to the reserve day after inclement weather washed out play on Saturday. Ground staff worked around the clock but persistent rain on Sunday delayed the start of the match, which was eventually reduced to 25 overs per side.

Pakistan set a total of 8-121 from their 25 overs, which the Australian side chased down in the last over, finishing 5-124. Jess Jonassen was named player-of-the-match for her knock of 33 and figures of 4-15.

After being sent in to bat Pakistan got off to a shaky start, losing the wicket of opener Marina Iqbal (6) in the fifth over. Vice-captain Bismah Maroof (26) joined Javeria Khan (46) at the crease and the duo steadied the innings, putting on a 70-run partnership before Khan was run out by Jonassen.

Asmavia Iqbal (11) was the only other Pakistan player to reach double figures as they finished 8-121 from their 25 overs. Jonassen had a day out with the ball, notching up her best career international bowling figures with 4-15 from her five overs.

In response the hosts lost the key wickets of Alyssa Healy (1) and Meg Lanning (0) in the second over, to fall to 2-1.

Jess Cameron (26) and Alex Blackwell (39*) put on a 36-run partnership to steady the innings before Cameron was caught out at deep mid-off.

Blackwell was the anchor of the innings, building a crucial 60-run partnership with Jonassen before the latter was caught and bowled by Sania Khan (1-25).

Erin Osborne (9*) helped the hosts reach the set target, finishing 5-124 with three balls to spare.