LAHORE: Zaka Ashraf, Chairman of the PCB Management Committee, has congratulated the Pakistan women’s cricket team on their remarkable achievement of becoming the first Asian side to defeat New Zealand in a T20I series.
Nida Dar-led Pakistan beat New Zealand by 10 runs in the second T20I in Dunedin on Tuesday to gain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Mr Zaka Ashraf said: “Pakistan women’s team have made the whole nation proud with their brilliant display of skill and talent in New Zealand.”
“I want to congratulate and laud the efforts of the entire squad, team management and support personnel for their collective effort in making the team achieve this special feat.”
“The leadership qualities and courage exhibited by captain Nida Dar reflects in the way her players have responded to the challenge and acquired success on the big stage.”
Mr Zaka Ashraf has also announced hosting a special ceremony felicitating the Pakistan women’s team upon their return from the tour of New Zealand later this month.
Pakistan Women with this victory took an unassailable lead in the three-match T20I series, having defeated New Zealand women, also known as White Ferns, in the first T20I at the same venue on Sunday by seven wickets.
This marks only the second win for the Pakistan women’s team over third-ranked New Zealand.
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After being asked to bat, Pakistan scored 137 for six in their allotted 20 overs, the highest score against New Zealand in this format.
Muneeba Ali top-scored for the side with 35 off 28 balls, hitting six fours. Player of the match, Aliya Riaz, smashed three fours and a six in her unbeaten knock of 32 off 22 balls to help her side post a respectable total.
For the White Ferns, Molly Penfold and Fran Jonas bagged two wickets each.
In turn, Pakistan bowlers kept it tight from the beginning, restricting the White Ferns from scoring runs.
Nashra Sundhu, playing her 50th T20I match today, bowled economically in the middle overs, conceding only 22 runs from four overs.
Pakistan captain Nida Dar became the joint-leading wicket-taker in Women’s T20Is alongside Australia’s Megan Schutt when she dismissed Maddy Green for 18 off 23 balls, increasing her tally of scalps to 130 in the format.
The star in the bowling unit was once again Fatima Sana, who gave away 22 runs and bagged three wickets, including the prized scalps of captain Sophie Devine (5, 5b, 1×4) and Suzie Bates (18, 18b, 2x4s).
Left-arm spinner Sadia Iqbal grabbed two wickets for 29 runs in four overs.