Women’s WC: Sidra’s century goes in vain as Bangladesh stun Pakistan

HAMILTON: Pakistan’s opener Sidra Ameen’s century went in vain as Bangladesh stunned Pakistan by nine runs in the 12th match of the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup, here on Monday.

Set to chase 235, Pakistan was cruising at 155/1 at one stage but, a match-defining collapse halted them to 225/9 in the allotted 50 overs.

In the run chase, Pakistan were off to a brilliant start as the openers Nahid Khan and Sidra provided a solid 91-runs partnership for the first wicket.

The pair appeared firm and was scoring sensibly until Nahida lost her wicket to Rumana Ahmed, who castled the former for 43. She faced 67 balls and hit three boundaries.

Pakistan’s skipper Bismah Maroof then joined Sidra at the crease and they also partnered strongly and piled 64 runs for the second-wicket partnership before Bismah made her way back to the pavilion. She scored 31 off 48 deliveries.

Bismah’s dismissal triggered a collapse and Pakistan slipped from 155/1 to 188/7 as the centurion Sidra also lost her wicket as she got run out. She top-scored with 104 off 140 balls; smashing eight boundaries.

The tail then resisted a bit but remained unable to steer the side to the victory as Bangladesh’s bowling unit restricted the green shirts at 225/9 in the allotted 50 overs.

For Bangladesh, Fahima Khatun shone with three wickets, while Rumana claimed two. Salma Khatun and Jahanara Alam on the other hand struck out a batter each.

Batting first, Bangladesh managed to post a commendable 234/7 in their allotted quota of overs, thanks to the brilliant knock of Fargana Hoque, who scored a brilliant 71 off 115 deliveries to anchor the innings.

The opener Sharmin Akhter and the skipper Nigar Sultana also chipped in as they scored 44 and 46 each. Whereas, the rest of the batters also made small contributions to take their side to 234/7 in 50 overs.

For Pakistan, Nashra Sandhu led the way with three wickets, while Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, and Fatima Sana made one scalp each.

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