BDW beat pakw
As Pak 157/3 lost last 7 for 53 including 4 run out
Fergana hold bangers innings with fine 63
BD w 211 for 9 in 49.5 overs
Winning by 1 wicket and Square series 1/1
Bangladesh Women clinch thriller to square series
November 04 2019
A frustrating tour finally saw a fruitful finish for Bangladesh women as they beat Pakistan in thrilling fashion by one wicket to square the ODI series 1-1. Having already lost all three matches in the T20I series by close margins, Bangladesh went on to lose the opening ODI as well on Saturday and were staring down at another whitewash before pulling one back to finish the tour.
Chasing 211, the visitors made a familiar start, losing two wickets with just 29 on the board. But a couple of substantial partnerships thereon put them firmly on the driver's seat. Murshida Khatun and Fargana Hoque rebuilt the innings and added 82 for the third wicket in 18 overs to cause panic in the Pakistan camp.
Skipper Bismah Maroof then gave her side a timely wicket by getting rid of Khatun for 44 but the dismissal was followed by another period of solidity from Bangladesh.
Hoque joined forces with her skipper Rumana Ahmed and the duo was involved in a 55-run stand that appeared to effectively close out the game in Bangladesh's favour. Rumana fell when her side still needed 45 to win but half-centurion Hoque's presence gave Bangladesh enough reasons to cheer. But the 43rd over of the chase triggered a collapse that gave Pakistan a glimmer of a hope. Hoque was first dismissed for 67 and Pakistan kept chipping away from that point.
Bangladesh lost five wickets for just 18 runs at that point and still needed six runs to complete the win which at this stage looked like a difficult task to accomplish. Thankfully for the visitors, Jahanara Alam and Nahida Akter kept pinching the singles to complete a thrilling one-wicket win with a solitary ball to spare.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan put up a solid performance with the bat for the major part of the innings before suffering a collapse similar to the one Bangladesh experienced in the chase. Nahida Khan compiled a brisk half-century and laid the foundation with a 58-run opening stand, which was followed by a 47-run second wicket partnership.
After 34 overs, Pakistan were well-placed at 157 for 3 but the middle order caved in meekly. Four run outs in the final seven overs meant that Pakistan failed to bat out their quota of overs to get bowled out for 210. Just a few more could have resulted in more bitter disappointment for the visitors.
Brief scores: Pakistan Women 210 in 48.4 overs (Nahida Khan 63, Aliya Riaz 36; Rumana Ahmed 3-35, Salma Khatun 2-36) lost to Bangladesh Women 211/9 in 49.5 overs (Fargana Hoque 67, Murshida Khatun 44; Bismah Maroof 2-24, Syeda Aroob Shah 2-37) by one wicket