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Bangladesh wins first victory in Women’s World Cup

Update : 14 Mar 2022, 13:21

Bangladesh secured their first-ever ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup win as Farzana Hoque’s 71 steered them to a historic nine-run victory over Pakistan in Hamilton.

Pakistan struggled to keep up with the required run-rate and lost wickets regularly during the final 10 overs, just as they were looking to up the tempo, and never looked favourites to win.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first. Opener Sidra Ameen's 104 went in vain as Pakistan committed harakiri to hand debutants Bangladesh a nine-run win, their first-ever victory in the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup here on Monday. Chasing 235 to win, Ameen gave Pakistan a flying start, forging a 91-run partnership with Nahida Khan (43) for the first wicket and then added another 64 runs with Bismah Maroof (31).

With Ameen going strong, Pakistan were well on course for a successful chase, reaching 183 for two but Fahima Khatun (3/38) turned the match on its head with three quick wickets as Pakistan inexplicably lost five of their batters for just five runs to slip to 188 for seven and were eventually restricted to 225 for nine. Khatun picked up the wickets of Omaima Sohail (10), Aliya Riaz (0) and Fatima Sana (0), while Rumana Ahmed removed Nida Dar (0) before centurion Ameen fell for a run-out to end Pakistan's hope.

Nigar (46) fell in the 40th over after a busy 64-ball innings that brought just one boundary and her replacement, Rumana Ahmed, upped the tempo alongside Fargana.

Successive boundaries helped Bangladesh past 200 in the 44th over but Rumana’s 13-ball cameo ended in the next as she holed out off Nashra Sundhu.

The same bowler also removed Farzana two overs later by finding the edge of her bat for 71 and then trapped Fahima Khatun LBW with the very next ball.

Salma Khatun was forced to block the hat-trick ball, while some clever running through the rest of the innings helped Bangladesh to their highest-ever women’s ODI score.

Pakistan made a promising start in reply, with Sidra and Nahida Khan at the top of the order. They reached 46 for no loss at the end of the powerplay and then brought up the 50 of the partnership in the 13th.

The breakthrough came in the 24th over, as Nahida chopped a Rumana delivery onto her own stumps for 43, ending a promising 91-run stand.

Sidra was then dropped twice in the space of three overs, including a simple chance at point from a thick edge, but Pakistan’s main concern was an increasing run-rate which had creeped to over six.

They reached the final 10 overs requiring 67 with eight wickets in hand and when they scored 11 off the 41st over.

But Sidra was soon running out of partners, as Omaima went for 10 and Nida Dar for a first-ball duck, while the 44th over proved a key turning point.

Fahima Khatun took two wickets in two balls to remove Aliya Riaz and Fatima Sana, before Sidra Nawaz was run out for just one to leave Pakistan on 188 for seven.

Sidra Amin brought up her maiden ODI century shortly after but was run out for 104 in the 48th over. Pakistan needed 16 to win off the last, but they fell nine runs short.

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