Pakistan women fought well, but New Zealand clinch win

Pakistan women fought well, but New Zealand clinch win

Pakistan women team fought well, but New Zealand got the victory by eight wickets in the first of three-match series of the ICC Women’s Championship at Sharjah.

New Zealand’s skipper Suzie Bates won the toss and elected to bat first.

Bates with her opening partner Sophie Devine gave an impressive start to their team with a 65 runs partnership between at the top before Bates fell to Sadia Yousuf after scoring 36 (39).

The Kiwi opener Devine kept her show going with the bat as she had another impressive 56-run stand with Amy Satterthwaite. The one-down batter perished after scoring 20 (34).

The Kiwi opener held one end of the crease and went on to score a magnificent century. She got out after scoring 103 (119). On the other hand, none of New Zealand’s batswoman, except Amelia Kerr and Maddy Green who scored 30 (30) and 22 (36) respectively, could score significantly in the inning.

Former skipper, Sana Mir remained the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan women with 3/33 in her ten overs. Sadia Yousuf and Javeria Khan struck twice while Nashra Sandhu and the captain Bisma Maroof picked one wicket apiece.

New Zealand posted a firm total of 240/9 runs on the board.

In pursuit of 241 runs, Pakistan lost their first wicket on 17 runs, Ayesha Zafar got out without scoring a run on 12 deliveries.

Nahida Khan joined hands with Javeria Khan to score 77 runs for the second wicket before Nahida lost her wicket after scoring 51 (62).

Javeria stood at her crease for almost eight overs more and scored 36 runs with her captain Bisma Maroof. The right-handed batter scored 55 (73) before she lost her wicket to Holly Huddleston.

Pakistan women were looking the favourites to win the contest when Sidra Ameen and Bisma Maroof were batting beautifully, but as they both fell on 175 and 199 runs respectively, the whole batting line just tumbled.

The rest of five batswomen could not score 42 runs, which gave New Zealand a win by eight wickets. Pakistan got all-out on 232 runs in 48.3 overs.

New Zealand took 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The second game of the campaign will take place on November 2.