Bangladesh women’s team made history as they earned a nine-run win over Pakistan in their third game of ICC World Cup at Hamilton on Monday.
Tigress top-order batter Fargana Hoque hit a superb fifty while Fahima Khatun ended with an economical spell of bowling that guided the Asian champions to a chronicle 9 run-win over Pakistan in their maiden appearance of the ICC Women’s World Cup.
Fargana Haqua smacked a 71 off 115 balls while Nigar Sultana and Sharmin Akhter chipped with 46 and 44 respectively to garner 234-7.
For Pakistan, Nashra Sandhu captured 3 while OmaimaSohail, Nida Dar, and Fatima Sana banked one wicket each.
And for Bangladesh Fahima Khatun claimed 3-38 while Rumana Ahmed 2, Jahanara Alam, and Salma Khatun finished with one each to restrict Pakistan to 225-9.
With the bat, Sidra Amin concluded with a hundred [104 off 140] while Nadia Khan and Bismah Maroof accounted for 43 and 31 respectively.
Sent to bat Bangladesh lost their opener Sharmin Sultana inside the power play for 17 that reducing them 37-1.
In the second wicket stand, Fargana Haqua and Sharmin Akhter added 42 to overcome their initial damage however the partnership was ended when Sharmin Akhter was bowled by OmainaSohail for 44 off 55 balls.
In the next stand, Fargana Hoque and skipper Nigar Sultana formed 96 off 124 balls that gave the Tigress a hope of three hundred however all the hopes have vanished after Nigar Sultana trapped leg before by Fatima Sana.
Despite all the damage, Fargana Hoque directed the innings to propel 234, the highest ODI total for Bangladesh.
Pursuing a strenuous 235 Pakistan women made a decent start as their opening stand amassed 91 before they lost Nahida Khan for 43.
On the second wicket, Sidra Ameen and Bismah Maroof stood tall against all the blows from the Bangladesh bowlers.
At one stage they could sense the win as Sidra Ameen hit a hundred scoring 104), Pakistan’s first ton in Women’s World Cup history while skipper Bismah Maroof controlled the tempo of the chase at the other end.
The pair had taken Pakistan just a few moments to go to their victory as they needed 80 runs forth with nine wickets in hand.
But their hopes shattered after 3-38 from Fahima Khatun 3/38 and (2/29) from Rumana Ahmed.
Still, there was hope as Sidra Ameen was fighting single-handedly but when she has trapped run out with just two over to finish the game celebrations shifted to the Tigress side.