LAHORE Pakistan beat the Netherlands by 45 runs in the ICC Womens Cricket Challenge in South Africa on Saturday. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat against the Netherlands, and it proved to be a good decision as it saw Sana Mirs side win by 45 runs. Having lost Marina Iqbal in the ninth over after the right-handed batter was bowled by Esther Lancer for 31, just six overs later Nain Abidi was dismissed for a paltry six runs. The batting line-up pulled together after the departure of its two strong top-order batters with the 42-run, sixth-wicket partnership between Batool Fatima and Bismah Maroof being particularly key in steering the side to its the final total of 258. The Netherlands put up a brave fight in response including an impressive second-wicket partnership of 106 between Helmien Rambaldo and Lancer. The duo looked to be the batters who would steer the side to the upset of the tournament, but the wicket of Rambaldo, who was dismissed after Nida Dar trapped her lbw for 39, saw the beginning of the end of the sides chance to win. The loss of Lancer (75) at the hands of Pakistan captain Mir, saw the loss of the rest of the batters at too regular an interval and they just could not maintain any partnerships at the crease. Mir was the pick of the bowlers with 5-32 and received support from Asmavia Iqbal, who took two for 35 runs. The big clash comes on Sunday, when the two tournament favourites, South Africa and West Indies will meet, it is a match West Indies coach Sherwin Campbell is looking forward to: South Africa beat us on our ODI tour here and they obviously know the conditions better than we do, but we are prepared to fight to the last. Earlier, West Indies defeated Sri Lanka by nine-wickets today in Potchefstroom to pick up its third victory of the ICC Womens Cricket Challenge while South Africa and Pakistan also claimed victories in the tournament. Sri Lanka, having won the toss and elected to bat against the West Indies, started out well putting 80 runs on the board with a loss of just three scalps by the 23rd over, but fell prey to the uncompromising West Indian bowling and the side found itself floundering at 99 for eight by the 31st over. The 65-run, ninth-wicket partnership of Sripali Weerakkody and Manodara Surangika did well to bring the side back from the brink and the team concluded its innings with a more respectable 165 all out from 48.3 overs. The West Indies bowling attack once again showed its strength with Anisa Mohammed the pick of the bowlers, taking four wickets for 26 runs in 10 overs at an economy rate of 2.60. In other the other matches of the day, South Africa made it three wins out of three, this time defeating Ireland by eight wickets. After losing the toss, Cri-Zelda Brits side took to the field and Irelands opening batters managed to hold together a 37-run partnership, until it was broken by Angelique Taai who dismissed Clare Shillington for 22 off 40 balls in the 11th over. The Irish batters put up a brave fight, Isobel Joyce scoring 23 runs, but it was Laura Delany who kept her side in the game, she was unbeaten for 40 off 83 balls and Ireland posted a competitive 162 at the end of its innings. In reply, the South African top order showed its class in a dazzling display of cricket, with Mignon du Preez and Brits top scoring with 66 and 60 respectively. Trisha Chetty fought well for her 22 off 23 balls only to be dismissed by Amy Keanly in the 10th over. Shandre Fritz (7) again failed to fire with the bat, with the 25-year-old currently averaging just 10.66 runs from the three games she has featured. Score Summaries: At NWU1: West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets. Sri Lanka 165 all out, 48.3 overs (Surangika 29 not out; Mohammed 4-26, Munroe 1-26) West Indies 166-1, 28.4 overs (Taylor 69 not out, Nero 58; Siriwardene 1-47) At Witrand: South Africa beat Ireland by 8 wickets. Ireland 162-6, 50 overs (Delany 40 not out; Letsoalo 1-12, Taai 1-15) South Africa 163-2, 34.2 overs (Brits 60 not out, du Preez 66 not out; Keanly 1-21) At NWU2: Pakistan beat Netherlands by 45 runs Pakistan 258-9, 50 overs (Khan 38, Maroof 52; De Lange 4-43, Lanser 2-22). The Netherlands 213 all out, 45 overs (Lanser 75; Mir 5-32, Iqbal 2-35).