King takes three wickets, Australians give up 28 extras in eventful eight overs

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King takes three wickets, Australians give up 28 extras in eventful eight overs

By Melissa Woods

Rain spoilt Alana King’s annihilation of the Pakistan batting order as Australia continued their Commonwealth Games warm-up in their Twenty20 clash in Northern Ireland.

Only eight overs in the tri-series opener were completed as the match in Derry was washed out with the Australians delivering a mixed bag from their bowling spell.

Pakistan collapsed to 6-56, however 28 of those runs came from extras.

Alana King took three wickets in one over but fell just short of a hat-trick.

Alana King took three wickets in one over but fell just short of a hat-trick.Credit:Getty Images

Leg-spinner King, who was thrown the ball by captain Meg Lanning in the seventh over, ran riot, snaring three wickets in her single over, with her hat-trick denied by a wide that separated her first and second scalps.

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King finished with figures of 3-8, all LBW, while Megan Schutt collected 1-6 and Ashleigh Gardner 2-11.

“I’m happy to have the ball in my hand in any situation to be honest so it was good to roll a few out,” said the 26-year-old King.

“We figured out that anything full was easy to play, so we just needed to bring our length back a little bit and make sure that we bring the stumps into play.”

Australia will be looking to improve with the ball in their second clash against hosts Ireland.

AAP

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