Hamilton: Opener Sidra Ameen’s 104 went in vain as Pakistan committed harakiri to give debutants Bangladesh a nine-run victory, their first-ever win in the ICC ODI Women’s World Cup here on Monday.
Ameen chased 235 to win and gave Pakistan a flying start, forging a 91-run partnership with Nahida Khan (43) for the first wicket, then added a further 64 runs with Bismah Maroof (31).
With Ameen strong, Pakistan was well on course for a successful chase, reaching 183 for two, but Fahima Khatun (3/38) turned the game upside down with three quick wickets as Pakistan inexplicably lost five of their batters to just five runs to slip to 188 for seven and were eventually limited to 225 for nine.
Khatun took the wickets of Omaima Sohail (10), Aliya Riaz (0) and Fatima Sana (0), while Rumana removed Ahmed Nida Dar (0) before centurion Ameen fell for a run-out to end Pakistan’s hopes.
In their first women’s World Cup, Bangladesh had lost their first two matches against South Africa and New Zealand, while Pakistan dropped to their fourth loss in as many matches and their 18th consecutive loss in the event.
Previously invited to bat, Bangladesh scored 234 for seven riding Fargana Hoque’s 71 and some helpful contributions from Sharmin Akhter (44) and skipper Nigar Sultana (46).
Hoque shared 96 runs for the third wicket with Sultana to lay the groundwork as Bangladesh posted their highest total in ODIs.
Openers Shamima Sultana and Sharmin Akhter gave Bangladesh a good start against the pacers, but things changed the moment spinners were introduced, with Nida Dar rejecting the first.
Left arm spinner Nashra Sandhu and leg spinner Ghulam Fatima then braked on even as Omaima Sohail took the other opener and left Bangladesh at 79 for two in 20th left.
Sultana and Hoque then teamed up, but the duo found it difficult to alternate strikes as the spinners bowled back to back.
Hoque then opened up and pulled Sana over the fence in the middle before dragging Sohail to another border. Sana was at the receiving end again in the 31st left when she was hit by Hoque for consecutive fours.
Hoque and Sultana brought up their fifty-run partnership in 73 balls, then took over Bangladesh over the 150 mark in the 37th.
Hoque completed her fifty in 89 balls, but Sultana, who had scored her only limit from Fatima, was sent over by Sana in the 40th.
Sandhu then claimed three quick wickets, including two consecutive balls in the 47th over, to prevent Bangladesh from accelerating in the death overs.
She first removed Rumana Ahmed in the 45th over before returning to get rid of Hoque and Fahima Khatun in two balls as Bangladesh could only score 59 for losing four wickets in the last 10 overs.
Bangladesh: 234 for 7 in 50 overs (Fargana Hoque 71, Nigar Sultana 46, Sharmin Akhter 44; Nashra Sandhu 3/41).
Pakistan: 225 for nine in 50 overs (Sidra Ameen 104, Nahida Khan 43; Fahima Khatun 3/38).
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