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Pakistan edge basement battle

Ireland were consigned to the wooden spoon in Group A following a 14-run defeat to Pakistan in both sides’ final game of the Women’s World Twenty20.

With both teams winless from their preceding three fixtures, it was Pakistan who ensured they would have something to celebrate as they defended their 119 for six by dismissing their opponents with three balls to spare.

Bismah Maroof's unbeaten 48 helped Pakistan to a score that proved to be beyond Ireland in SylhetBismah Maroof was largely responsible for Pakistan’s total, ending unbeaten on 48, while Qanita Jalil added 20 in a low-scoring game in Sylhet that saw only three people reach the 20s.

Isobel Joyce top-scored for Ireland as her side went close to breaking their duck at the tournament, but when she fell in the 14th over it sparked a collapse from 66 for three to 105 all out.

Joyce arrived at the crease following a first over which saw Asmavia Iqbal bowl Mary Waldron, who failed to trouble the scorers.

The Ireland skipper enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Clare Shillington, taking their side towards 50 before the opener was bowled by Qanita Jalil after making 19.

Joyce went on to 32 – her highest score of the tournament, in which she reached double figures in all four of her knocks – but was then ousted by spinner Nida Dar.

It started a flurry of wickets, with Asmavia Iqbal taking 3-18, while only teenager Elena Tice and lower-order batter Eimear Richardson added further scores of over 10.

Earlier, Joyce had helped herself to a couple of scalps while Louise McCarthy took 2-14.

But Ireland had no answer to Bismah’s innings, with the 22-year-old striking three fours in her 45-ball knock that would prove to be the difference between the two teams.

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