27/05/2024

19-year-old Phoebe Litchfield scored another fifty in the second ODI against Pakistan (Image: Australian Women's Cricket Team/Twitter)

Australia has secured a series victory after a dominant 10-wicket win over Pakistan in the second ODI in Brisbane. Phoebe Litchfield and Beth Mooney struck an unbeaten 129-run opening stand to chase the visitors total in under 20 overs.

The Inner Sanctum takes a look at the five key takeaways from the second match of the Women’s ODI series between Australia and Pakistan.

Australia’s standout bowling attack

In an innings that lasted 43 overs, Australia restricted Pakistan to a measly 125 that included 21 extras.

Debutant Kim Garth took the new ball and worked tirelessly, going wicketless but conceding only 13 runs from her eight overs. Her quick reflexes helped her to run out Nida Dar at the non-strikers’ end.

19-year-old Darcie Brown opened from the other end and struck in the second over to send the dangerous Sidra Amin back to the changerooms. The pick of the bowlers, Brown was a constant threat to the Pakistan line-up.

Annabel Sutherland managed 2-13 off six overs, including a wicket in her first over to dismiss Pakistan captain Omaima Sohail.

Teenage tyros steal the show

Despite a strong team-effort, it was the two 19-year-olds that starred in Wednesday’s win in Brisbane. Darcie Brown and Phoebe Litchfield led from the front in each discipline to help the home side to the dominant win.

Brown was the best of the bowlers, taking 3-32 off her eight overs to earn herself Player of the Match honours. In just her tenth ODI, she showed the discipline and nous of a veteran in her spells to dismiss the Pakistan batters.

Litchfield backed up her performance from Game One with another stellar showing in Brisbane, recording back-to-back fifties. She attacked the bowlers early to ease pressure before finding easy gaps and building a partnership with Mooney to cruise to victory.

Phoebe Litchfield is a star

In just her second ODI, Litchfield scored another half century to lead Australia to a strong win over Pakistan. The 19-year-old has scored the winning runs in both games of the series to establish herself as a long term option in the national side.

Litchfield hit 67 off 61 balls as Australia cruised to victory inside 20 overs, she worked brilliantly in partnership with Beth Mooney to set the tempo of the innings and control the field.

Litchfield has now scored 145 runs across the two ODI’s so far, with the opportunity for another big score on Saturday. The series debutant has rocketed herself into contention for the opening spot in July’s Women’s Ashes series.

Pakistan bowlers continue to struggle to find wickets

For the fourth time in five games, Pakistan has failed to take more than two wickets in the innings. In a stretch that dates back to the Tri-Series between Pakistan, Ireland and Australia in July of 2022, Pakistan’s bowling woes have continued to mount.

In this five-game stretch, Pakistan have taken 10 wickets for 693 runs at an average of 69.3. They struggle to dismiss key batters in important moments, with at least one opener scoring 50 in each of these games.

Pakistan have four games left against Australia before next month’s T20 World Cup to fix their struggles against the opposition top order.

Australia’s One-Day dominance continues

Wednesday’s win over Pakistan extends Australia’s winning ODI streak to 14, with their last loss coming against India in September of 2021.

Australia’s dominance over the last two years have earnt them a 50-point lead over second ranked England in the ICC ODI team rankings, with a chance to extend that lead in July’s Ashes series.

Australia will be looking to complete the sweep on Saturday in Sydney before turning their attention squarely to the T20 format. They’ll have another three match T20 series against Pakistan to prepare for next month’s ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

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