Schutt takes five in T20 win over Pakistan

Megan Schutt has joined elite company, becoming the fourth Australian woman to take a Twenty20 five-wicket haul as she helped her side to an eight-wicket win over Pakistan.

Schutt claimed 5-15 to help have Pakistan all out for 118, before Ellyse Perry drove and cut her way to 57 not out from 40 balls as Australia chased down the target in 13.4 overs.

Ashleigh Gardner also whacked 30 not out from 19 balls in the chase, as she put aside two days of headlines following her statement about January 26 to dominate the Pakistan attack.

The win marks the start of Australia's final preparations for next month's Twenty20 World Cup, with the three-match series the last before the tournament.

Australia couldn't have been more dominant in the series opener at North Sydney Oval.

Schutt's figures were the third best by an Australian woman in a T20 international, as she joined Molly Strano, Jess Jonassen and Julie Hunter in taking a five-wicket haul.

"I'm glad to tick the box, because I have had a lot of fours (four-wicket hauls) in my life, and never been able to do that," Schutt said.

"It's cool to have, but it's just a number and I'm sure it will be beaten."

The seamer got the key wicket of Bismah Mahroof when she had her caught behind down the legside on review, before Sadaf Shamas followed later in the same over.

Schutt then returned at the death to remove Pakistan's top-scorer Omaima Sohail at mid-off for 30, along with Fatima Sana at cover and Tuba Hassan at mid-off.

Perry also claimed 2-3 from two overs, in her best bowling return in T20 cricket since her injury woes began in 2020.

She dismissed both openers, a brilliant yorker taking Javeria Khan's middle stump when she was on 16.

Perry was dropped from Australia's T20 team last January, and a squeeze looms in the middle order, with Alyssa Healy set to return from a calf injury at the top.

But after a big series with the bat in India last month, Perry is making an insurmountable case to be in Australia's first-choice XI for the World Cup.

Asked to open as Beth Mooney battled soreness after long stints in the middle, Perry hit seven boundaries and pulled a bouncer from quick Fatima Sana for six.

"She wasn't making the XI in the Commonwealth Games and now she is opening the bat and scoring runs," Schutt said.

"We have 'evolve' as one of our statement pieces, and she has been the trademark to that.

"It's Pez, she just keeps getting better and better."

Alana King (2-16) provided another highlight for Australia with a superb one-handed caught-and-bowled after Nida Dar hit a full-blooded drive back at her.

The leg-spinner also bowled Ayesha Naseem for 24 after the right-hander had slog-swept her for six and also dispatched Darcie Brown over the midwicket boundary.