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Due to a fracture in her right index finger, 27-year-old pacer Diana Baig has been ruled out of the upcoming T20I series against Australia and will also miss the women’s side. T20 World Cup In South Africa from February 10.
Begg sustained the injury while fielding in the third ODI against the hosts at North Sydney Oval on Saturday, 21 January. In the last ball of the seventh over of Australia’s innings, Baig hit himself while trying to catch the ball and was immediately injured. He was taken to a local hospital.
An X-ray was then carried out which confirmed the fracture and he was then advised by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) medical panel to rest for at least four weeks. With injury making him unavailable for the upcoming tournament, the governing body named right-handed batsman Sadaf Shamas, who was part of the reserves, as his replacement.
Notably, the Bismah Maruf-led side failed miserably in the 50-over format as they were clean-swept by Australia. Batting first in the last ODI, Beth Mooney once again stamped her authority as she scored 133 runs off just 105 deliveries. Later, skipper Meg Lanning joined the team and played a brilliant innings of 72 runs off 70 balls and Australia scored 336 runs in 50 overs courtesy of their knocks.
Pakistan never looked comfortable with the bat as the Australian team was all over them from the start. Nevertheless, they put up a good fight but did not look like favorites to win the match. Most of their batsmen started but ultimately failed to make it count as Pakistan lost the match by 101 runs. The form of their batsmen is a major cause of concern ahead of the T20 series and the crucial T20 World Cup.
Meanwhile, the T20 series is set to begin in Sydney on January 24. The second and third matches of the series will be played in Hobart and Canberra on January 26 and January 29 respectively.