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Sana Mir and her teammates celebrate a good moment on the field/ICC

Pakistan, after five consecutive losses, seek their first win of the Women’s World Cup 2017 against West Indies at Leicester on Tuesday.

Windies kicked off the tournament with a 47-run win over Sri Lanka but have struggled to keep their momentum, whereas Pakistan, without any win so far, are out of this World Cup.

Pakistan, however, had defeated the Windies in a warm-up game at Leicester by chasing down 247.

Skipper Sana Mir is hopeful her team will come together to deliver today.

“We have played really good cricket in bits and pieces. It’s important we bring it into one match, and hopefully we can do it [today]. I really believe in this team. Sometimes in tournaments like these when you slip off or your form goes bad you take a couple of matches to come back. The batters are looking good in the nets today, hopefully they can deliver tomorrow,” she said in an ICC media release.

“It is a new day. Their (Windies) and our team have changed since that (warm-up) game. We are playing on a new wicket [today], and weather in England plays different role. We can’t take things for granted. We have to be smart about it and use the conditions to our advantage.”

Diana Baig, who has also represented Pakistan at football, has impressed with her opening spell/ICC 

West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor looks determined to win as well.

“We know how important these games are. We definitely want to win and go home on a high. Pakistan have not won a game, so it is not going to be easy for us. Pakistan are going to come with their spinners. We saw that a bit of that (against Sri Lanka). We should counter their bowlers well,” she said.

“Pakistan has always been a fighting team. All the teams think that West Indies is the team you want to beat, so Pakistan is no different.”


Pakistan: Sana Mir (capt), Ayesha Zafar, Nahida Khan, Marina Iqbal, Iram Javed, Javeria Khan, Syeda Nain Fatima Abidi, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Kainat Imtiaz, Asmavia Iqbal, Diana Baig, Waheeda Akhtar, Nashra Sandhu, Ghulam Fatima, Sadia Yousuf

West Indies: Stafanie Taylor (capt), Merissa Aguilleira (wk), Reniece Boyce, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Felicia Walters, Subrina Munroe, Kycia Knight.