Jonassen shines but rain spoils the Australian dollar T20

Australia’s final blow ahead of the women’s cricket program at the Commonwealth Games, along with the near certainty of another morale win, was affected by rain.

Meg Lanning’s side looked on track to beat Pakistan in the T20 International Final in Ireland on Saturday before opening Heaven – but at least Australia had time to appreciate Jess Jonassen’s slow bowling skills before giving up.

For the second time in the triple T20I series, Northern Ireland’s weather proved the winner, ensuring that another match with Pakistan at Postal Cricket Ground was called off.

It only needed four balls to throw to secure the score – and, frustratingly for Australia, they were in a completely dominant position.

They were 28 without losing just 4.2 after they earlier reduced Pakistan to 8-94, with Jonassen taking 4-17 from the four overs.

Beth Mooney (11 no) and Alyssa Healy (12 no) were going really well when it rained.

Australia still looks like the favorites to lift the Trophy, with the outcome to be decided in Sunday’s final between hosts Ireland and Pakistan.

Australia has a two-point lead at the top of the table, but although Pakistan could level out on points, they will have to work miracles to improve on the Australians’ massive running rate advantage (3.23 to 0.929).

Pakistan had opted to hit first but the Australian bowlers wouldn’t let them off the leash, and captain Basma Maarouf was the only hitter to have more than 20 balls, finishing 32 of 39 balls.

Jonassen, the left-armed crossbar, who had a tight throw, was rewarded with three wickets in the final, while Nicola Curry also impressed with 2-16 out of four overs.

Australia has had no luck with the weather this year, as it was the fifth time they have lost in seven T20s in 2022, and Rachel Hines, Ashley Gardner and Grace Harris were denied chances of getting a hit before the games.

The team travels to Birmingham on Sunday ahead of its first game of the tournament against India on Friday.


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