Gordon takes 4 but Scotland beaten by Pakistan
Scotland’s final group game of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier saw them meet Pakistan at Colombo Cricket Ground.
Abbi Aitken won the toss and elected to bat first, Ollie Rae and Fiona Urquhart opened and took the score to 10 before Urquhart chipped a return catch back to Nashra Sandhu for 7.
Ollie Rae was clean bowled Sana Mir to before Pakistan claimed the big wicket of Kathryn Bryce for 15, edging behind Sandhu, just as she looked to get going.
Things got instantly worse for the Scots as Rachel Scholes went back to a Sandhu delivery two balls later and the umpire raised the finger, leaving Scotland on 38/4.
Kari Anderson was unfortunate to be given out LBW when she looked to paddle sweep a delivery down the leg-side to become Sana Mir’s second wicket of the day.
The Pakistan captain then took full control of the game, Mir accounted for Liz Priddle just as she had made her way to double figures to secure her fifth wicket of the game.
Abtaha Maqsood and Katie McGill stuck around towards the end of the Scotland innings to get the total up to 91 before McGill was bowled by Ghulam Fatimha.
Pakistan made light work of the reply as Nahida Khan and Nain Abidi took advantage of anything loose.
The batters had made their way to 40 before Kirstie Gordon struck as Abidi skied the ball to Kathryn Bryce who made no mistake. Next ball saw Gordon breach the defences of Mahroof.
As Pakistan negotiated the first hat-trick opportunity, Gordon created the chance for her to have another effort at a hat-trick – clean bowling Nahida Khan and Ayesha Zafar – but again the delivery was negotiated.
No more wickets were lost by Pakistan as they reached their target in the 29th over to send Scotland out of the tournament.
At the end of the game Abbi Aitken said, “Tough day and not the way we wanted to go out but we always knew Pakistan was going to be a tough task. There were elements there, Kirstie Gordon, a great tournament for her and a great way to finish it off. We’ll concentrate on the highs going out.”
After the game Kari Anderson also announced her international retirement.