Lewis-inspired Ireland women stun Pakistan to clinch T20 series.

LAHORE -- Opener Gaby Lewis' magnificent half-century steered Ireland women's team to a series-clinching 34-run victory over Pakistan in the third and final Twenty20 International here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday.

The victory gave the visiting women a 2-1 series triumph.

Summarised scores:

Chasing 168, only four Pakistan batters managed to get into double figures as the home side was dismissed for 133 in 18.5 overs.

Opener Javeria Khan top-scored for Pakistan smashing a 37-ball 50 laced with seven fours. Veteran all-rounder Nida Dar was other notable run-getter who made a 24-ball 26 containing one four and a six. Fatima Sana, batting at number eight, smashed two fours in her 10-ball 14.

The rest of the home team's batters struggled to get going.

For Ireland, their pacers captain Laura Delany (3-20 off 2.5 overs), Arlene Kelly (3-19 off three overs) and Jane Maguire (2-26 off four overs) were the main wicket-takers.

Earlier, after Ireland elected to bat first, Lewis and her opening parAtner Amy Hunter gave their team a superb 110-run start in 12.5 overs which paved the way for a solid total of 167-4 for the visitors. Lewis struck a 46-ball 71 featuring eleven fours and a six while Hunter (40 off 35) played a relatively sedate knock containing three fours.

The opening partnership was finally broken when slow left-arm orthodox spinner Nashra Sandhu cleaned up Hunter. Right-handed Lewis was next to go not before top-scoring for her side with a 46-ball 71, smashing 11 fours and one six. Batting at number three, Orla Prendergast contributed a quick-fire 23-ball 37, which included three fours and one six while Rebecca Stokell's 17 off 14 made sure Ireland post a solid 167 for four off stipulated 20 overs.

For her match-winning innings, Lewis was declared player-of-the-match. She also topped the batting chart with 144 runs in the three-match T20 series, and was named player of the series.

Meanwhile, Pakistan skipper Bismah Maroof, in her post-match news conference, reckoned the home side could have done better.

'Though it was a good batting track, but I think we did not bowl well and gave [Ireland] some 20 extra runs. Had the target been around 150 instead of 168, it could have been achievable,' the captain...

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