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.
Special praise for CJ.
Better than only selling a Hundred tickets.
England win by a whopping two runs.
“I should have been facing coming into the last over with six to win.”
“He’s got an unbelievable record which I’d love to have.”
Praise from Caesar for Jofra Archer.
Let’s have less Rain Stopped Play and more Play Continued Through Rain.
What is the actual plan here, lads?