An outstanding spell of off-spin bowling by former captain Sana Mir and a sedate 36 not out by Bismah Maroof, the current skipper, helped Pakistan women register its maiden ODI win over New Zealand in Sharjah on Sunday.
Mir’s spell of 4 for 25 in 8.4 overs helped bowl New Zealand out for 155 in 43.4 overs, Sam Curtis’s 50 being the only knock of substance.
Pakistan then survived a middle-order wobble to chase down the target with seven balls to spare and register a historic five-wicket win in the ICC Women’s Championship fixture as it reached 156 for 5.
New Zealand, which had already won the first two matches, thus took the three-match series 2-1.
Pakistan’s chase got off to a good start with Nahid Khan (23) and Sidra Ameen putting on a solid 40 for the opening wicket. Another 31-run stand between Ameen and Javeria Khan ensued before the former fell for a watchful 32.
Both teams’ focus will now shift to the four-match T20I series, starting at the same venue on Wednesday.
Somerset and Yorkshire are also closing in on opening-round victories.
He took 26 wickets at 16.73 against Pakistan four years ago and is relishing facing them again.
England head into the final ODI with an unassailable 2-0 advantage.
Banton admits he is yet to get to grips with his new position.
The 17-year-old fast bowler became the youngest player to claim a Test hat-trick earlier this year.
He weighed in with 11 wickets in the second and third Tests against the West Indies at Old Trafford.
He played 52 Tests for England and announced his retirement in 2018.
Former Yorkshire and England all-rounder Bresnan joined Warwickshire this summer.
He was left out of the first Test against the West Indies in Southampton but returned for the remaining two Tests in Manchester.