Aguilleira confident WI Women will rebound
GROS-ISLET, St Lucia (CMC):
Merissa Aguilleira, who led a recovery despite West Indies Women's opening loss to Pakistan Women, is confident the Caribbean side will rebound for the remaining three one-day internationals (ODI).
Aguilleira hit her fifth ODI half-century, but Javeria Khan topped it with her seventh to lead the Pakistani Women to a six-wicket victory over the Windies Women in the day/night contest at the Beausejour Cricket Ground on Friday night.
"Thanks to God. Thanks to the coaches as well. I have been working pretty hard back in Trinidad. David Williams, he put in a lot of work with me," said Aguilleira, who also keeps wicket for the regional side.
"It's all about going out there and applying myself. I have been training hard and I really want to give the team something, so that is exactly what I went out there and did."
Aguilleira led a recovery with an unbeaten 67 from 83 balls, propelling the home team to a respectable 222 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs after they were sent in to bat.
Aguilleira struck five fours to revive the innings and with Britney Cooper, who scored 37, got Windies past 150.
The home side was able to score 66 off the last 75 balls, to end on 222 for nine.
"Coach told me I have a responsibility to go out there and bat long, and that is exactly what I tried to do. Sorry that the team fell short, but I believe that we are going to bounce back," said the former skipper.
"These are the things that happen and we really need to just go back to the drawing board and see where we went wrong. (The) 27 extras were a bit too much. We know that we have a very good team, but it just about going out there and applying ourselves. But hard luck."
The Windies Women now trail in the four-match series 0-1, but Aguilleira said they will be looking to bounce back in the second ODI today at the same venue in the first of the three matches in the series, with ICC Women's Championship points on offer.
"I truly believe that, with the potential of the girls, everything will come to hand. Even though we lost this one, we still have three to win, and you know its championship points," said Aguilleira.
"We just have to go out there and apply ourselves to what we are called to do and don't give up hope."
West Indies Women innings
Kycia A Knight c +Rabiya Shah b Sania Khan 16
HK Matthews c +Rabiya Shah b Anam Amin 14
SR Taylor* c Sana Mir b Bismah Maroof 27
DJS Dottin c & b Sana Mir 19
MR Aguilleira+ not out 67
Kyshona A Knight c Javeria Khan b Bismah Maroof 5
B Cooper c Bismah Maroof b Sania Khan 37
SACA King c Sania Khan b Nida Dar 20
A Mohammed c +Rabiya Shah b Anam Amin 0
TD Smartt c Javeria Khan b Nida Dar 2
SS Connell not out 3
Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 9) 12
Total (9 wickets) 222
Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Kycia A Knight), 2-38 (Matthews), 3-75 (Dottin), 4-83 (Taylor), 5-96 (Kyshona A Knight), 6-156 (Cooper), 7-205 (King), 8-205 (Mohammed) 9-211 (Smartt).
Bowling: Asmavia Iqball 6-0-30-0, Sania Khan 10-0-37-2, Anam Amin 8-1-33-2, Aliya Riaz 1-0-8-0, Sana Mir 8-2-37-1, Bismah Maroof 10-1-40-2, Nida Dar 7-0-34-2.
Pakistan Women innings
Marina Iqbal b Dottin 23
Javeria Khan c Mohammed b King 90
Bismah Maroof b Matthews 21
Nain Abidi lbw b Dottin 31
Nida Dar not out 19
Sana Mir* not out 14
Extras (b 2, lb 1, w 14, nb 5, pen 5) 27
Total (4 wickets) 225
Did not bat Aliya Riaz, Asmavia Iqbal, Rabiya Shah+, Sania Khan, Anam Amin
Fall of wickets: 1-54 (Marina Iqbal, 13.5 overs), 2-103 (Bismah Maroof, 27.6 overs), 3-182 (Javeria Khan, 40.5 overs), 4-193 (Nain Abidi, 41.6 overs)
Bowling: Smart 6-1-20-0, Connell 4-1-18-0, Dottin 9-0-44-2, Mohammed 8.1-1-37-0, Matthews 9-0-46-1, Taylor 9-0-30-0, King 3-0-22-1.
Position: West Indies lost by six wickets.
Umpires: JM Williams and JS Wilson.