On Monday, history was registered by the Bangladesh Women in Cricket World Cup as they won a historic match against Pakistan in Hamilton. This was their first time competing in the Women’s World Cup. Bangladesh was victorious by 9 runs.
Batting first, the Tigresses secured 234 for seven before Fahima Khatun took three late wickets to help restrict Pakistan to 225 for nine. Sidra Amin’s 104 was superb, but the Pakistanis almost caught up.
Pakistan has now suffered four consecutive defeats in the cricket tournament in New Zealand, making it very unlikely that they will make the playoffs.
Pakistan made the decision to bowl first, but the strategy failed after Fargana Hoque inspired Bangladesh to 234-7, their highest one-day international total.
Hoque made 71 runs with patience and also added a 96-run crucial partnership with Sultana which was much needed one in that condition.
Bangladesh lost their first wicket in the ninth over and ended the powerplay on 51 for one.
Later Pakistan captain brought spinners from both ends and that proved as the right decision for them. Bangladesh Women started playing dots after dots and made unnecessary pressure on themselves. This pressure helped Omaima take a wicket off her first ball in her spell.
That wicket left Bangladesh 79 for 2 in the 20th over and they were struggling to rotate the strike before Fargana Hoque charged on Pakistani bowlers. On the other end, Nigar was comfortable with singles and hit her only boundary against a leg spinner.
Together Fargana and Nigar piled a record partnership for Bangladesh Women in Cricket World Cup. According to Sport News BD experts, this partnership helped the tigresses build their base to make a competitive score against Pakistan.
Pakistan’s opener Ameen and Nahida Khan began aggressively in an attempt to reach the 235-run target, producing a 91-run partnership. However, Khan was bowled by Rumana Ahmed, ending the partnership.
Ameen was batting well and had Pakistan almost to victory at 183-2 in the 42nd over, needing only 52 runs from 48 balls with eight wickets in hand.
The Pakistani batters were fortunate to have the Bangladesh fielders’ assistance, who were sloppy and dropped catches. This helped Ameen get the highest score by a Pakistan batter in the Women’s World Cups when she got to 80.
However, things went downhill as the batters threw away their wickets, as Pakistan lost their last eight wickets for 70 runs. Three players were dismissed for first-ball ducks as spinner Fahima Khatun produced a mesmerizing spell on her tournament debut, claiming 3-38.
The last hope for Pakistan ended when Ameen was run out in the 48th over and thus Bangladesh Women in the Cricket World Cup made their first-ever victory in their debut.