Pakistan women team carried on their winning momentum as they defeated Bangladesh convincingly by 9 wickets. Pakistani bowlers were once again impressive and they restricted Bangladesh on just 113/9 in their quota of 20 overs.
The game was all about the aggressive Sidra Ameen and the elegant left-hander Bismah Maroof. Seeing the previous performances of Pakistan in the World T20, 113 didn’t seem to be an easy target as they were 6 down for 77 against India that they won with D/L method and were unable to chase 104 runs against West Indies.
But, Pakistani batters seemed to have a plan to chase down the target. Bismah joined Sidra in the middle after Nahida Khan lost her wicket early in the piece. The two didn’t panic at the crucial stage. They kept rotating strike and waited for the lose deliveries from Bengali bowlers.
The two batters played risk-free cricket and managed to get the game under their control with a huge 99 run partnership. It is the second highest partnership for Pakistan women in T20 internationals as well as for any Asian team.
Sidra Ameen scored an unbeaten 53 runs off 48 deliveries, her innings comprised of four boundaries. On the other hand, Bismah used her feet masterfully and manipulated the field with ease, she remained not out on 43 on 42 balls, she hit 5 fours during her stay in the crease. Pakistan chased down the target in 16.3 overs.
Jahanara Alam, the Bangladeshi captain, won the toss and chose to bat first. Anam Amin was once again impressive with the new ball. She didn’t take long to provide Pakistan their first success of the match when she removed Sanjida Islam on the first delivery of her second over.
Bangladesh kept losing their wickets on regular intervals. Pakistani women were agile in the field; they run out four of Bengali batters. The best batswoman for Bangladesh was Fargana Haque, she made 36 runs on 37 deliveries.
Anam Amin was yet again the pick of the bowler for Pakistan; she got 2 wickets in her 4 overs, conceding just 12 runs. Sidra Ameen was awarded the player of the match for her match winning performance with the bat.
Pakistan is scheduled to play against England on Sunday, they need to win their match and hope for West Indies’ victory over India to book a berth in the semi final of the tournament.