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Pakistan women thump Bangladesh, eye maiden semis berth

Published Mar 25, 2016 12:16am


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NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s women celebrate during their match against Bangladesh at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Thursday.—ICC NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s women celebrate during their match against Bangladesh at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Thursday.—ICC

Pakistan women’s team, displaying fine skills and temperament, scored a thumping nine wicket victory over Bangladesh here at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Thursday evening, their second successive win of the World T20 after their famous triumph over India in the opening game here.

They now join West Indies, who lost to England in Dharamsala, at the second spot in Group B with four points from three games. More importantly, the win gives the Pakistani women a reasonable chance to harbour hopes for a passage to the semis.

Captain Sana Mir wanted to restrict Bangladesh to between 90 and 100 after losing the toss but just failed. It was but a minor setback.

At the end of their allotted 20 overs, Bangladesh had scored 113 for 9, setting a target that did not look impossible on a pitch that Mir described as a “good wicket to bat on”.

The Pakistani batswomen backed their skipper in her assessment of the Kotla pitch, and reached the target with 21 balls to spare and nine wickets in hand.

After losing Nahida Khan in the second over, Player of the Match Sidra Ameen (52 not out from 47 balls) and Bismah Maroof (43 not out from 40) totted up a quick-fire 39 at the end of the power play.

At the end of the first 10 overs, Pakistan were 67 for the loss of one, with a comfortable run rate of 6.7 against a required rate of 5.34 at start of their innings. Bismah was belligerent with the bat and heaved Ruman Ahmed to the fence three successive times in the 14thover, which yielded 15 runs.

Sidra Ameen reached her half century the next over from just 43 deliveries.

If the Bangladeshi bowlers were left looking clueless with the ball, their batswomen did not put up much of a resistance with the bat either.

After losing two quick wickets with 22 on board under five overs, Bangladesh opener Shamin Akhter was joined at the crease by top-scorer Fargana Hoque.

The duo stitched up a crucial 43-run partnership before Pakistan skipper skipper Sana Mir struck in her third over — and Pakistan’s 14th — luring Akhter to try and sweep but top-edge to Nida Dar at short fine leg.

This was the beginning of a collapse; Bangladesh lost a wicket in every over till the 18th over — three of them run-outs, including that of the dangerous Fargana Hoque (36 in 53 balls, two 4s). The last two overs cost the Pakistanis 22 runs, and it could have been more but for the two strikes in the last over.

Spinner Aman Amin opened the bowling and had the best figures taking two wickets for 12 runs off her four overs.

Pakistan’s Nida Dar needed four more wickets to reach 50 in T20 Internationals. In the event, she went wicketless.

This was the seventh time that the Bangladesh and Pakistan women met on the cricket pitch, with the results having gone Pakistan’s way the previous six times. Before this game, Pakistan had won only four matches in 18 Women’s World Twenty20 matches — though the last one has been against a tough opposition like India.

Bangladesh also does not boast of a sparkling track record in the Women’s World T20; it has only managed to win two of eight games it has played before Thursday’s tie. Plus, Bangla­desh are without a win since April 2014 in this format.

Published in Dawn, March 25th, 2016


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Amira Bukhari Mar 25, 2016 12:26am

What abt Sana Mir performance ? it is still questionable, similarly to our GREAT GREAT HERO Afridi played 97 T20 (97 wkt 1320 runs ) 1 wkt 13 runs similar to Sana mir both do not deserve as a member how come they become Captains.

Naveed jafri Mar 25, 2016 12:27am

Go girls make us proude

kaleem Mar 25, 2016 12:28am

Result due to wise advises of Cricket Great Javeed Miandad

AWAIS Mar 25, 2016 12:38am

So many people many people have probably stated this, but definitely no harm in saying it again. Our MENS team should take some inspiration from how our WOMENS team is playing and look at how tactful they are and how freely they are playing their cricket. Might hurt the common Pakistani man's ego but we must learn from our women, whenever they perform well in any field. No harm in that either!

UMAIR Mar 25, 2016 12:51am

Congrats, all the best.

Farrukh Mar 25, 2016 12:53am

Afridi should learn some tricks from Sana

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Mar 25, 2016 12:56am

Well done green-shirts. Keep it up and hang on tough.

Philosopher (from Japan) Mar 25, 2016 12:57am

Thanks God their coach is not Waqar. Proud you girls.

Hindutavi Rakshas Mar 25, 2016 01:01am

good luck in semis.

ali Mar 25, 2016 01:07am

well done girls, we can't have any hope from the men's team. Get rid of men's team and invest that money on girls team.

Kamran Rasool Mar 25, 2016 01:10am

Well done team Pakistan, you have made us proud unlike men's team humiliating us on all the forums.

T. M. Wazir Mar 25, 2016 01:10am

Can we switch women T20 to play against men T20 and send our men T20 to play against women T20?

cricfan Mar 25, 2016 01:12am

Well done!

Salma Shahid Mar 25, 2016 01:14am

Defeat against WI would haunt them. They lost that match when they were 90% favorits with two overs to play.

Abdul Mar 25, 2016 01:14am

Wishes from India, well done gals. Keep cups in Asia. Good luck.

Shahid Mar 25, 2016 01:16am

Could we borrow Anam, Maroof and Sadia Nawaz for the match against Australia?

AXH Mar 25, 2016 01:18am

Way to go girls!!!!

Yaqoob Mar 25, 2016 01:24am

Well done girls...

Jawad Mar 25, 2016 01:28am

Men team must learn from our women Cricket team

Muslim Medina Mar 25, 2016 01:34am

Congratulations to Pakistan's women team on their continued good performance. May be the men's team take cue from women's performance.

Khan - Pakistani , USA Mar 25, 2016 01:38am

Bravo Girls ! You did the men's job ! Hurray !

Ehsan Mar 25, 2016 01:41am

Best wishes for the semis

Khan - Pakistani , USA Mar 25, 2016 01:41am

Thumps up !

Life Mar 25, 2016 01:46am

Yayy!! Good Job

sal Mar 25, 2016 01:54am

These are the warriors who play with a lion heart. No coverage but they are doing their best to represent the country. Proud moment for Pakistan and women of Pakistan.

Tatti2002 Mar 25, 2016 02:01am

Thumbs up my Pakistani sisters feeling proud.

Tattiii Mar 25, 2016 02:05am

Better than Pakistani cricket team

Hassan Mar 25, 2016 02:06am

Very good We all hope that you girls win the world cup n show our stupid boys team how to play cricket!

DeLhIiTe! Mar 25, 2016 02:11am

Next they play England which is going to be a tough match. India play the West Indies. So it's a must win game for Pakistan and they'll have to win it by a huge margin considering the fact that the NRR of India and West Indies is much better than theirs. To be honest, it's going to be really difficult.

Best of luck! The Pak women are playing it better than their men. #WomenPower

shahzain Mar 25, 2016 02:12am

get rid of men's team, invest on blind and woman's team please.

Dr Riffat Jabeen Mar 25, 2016 02:26am

Shabash girls. You are the best.

PHILOSOPHER (FROM JAPAN) Mar 25, 2016 02:34am


attia Mar 25, 2016 02:35am

I love Pakistani girls team than our boys thumbs up

attia Mar 25, 2016 03:09am

Better than boys as always

Freeman Mar 25, 2016 03:16am

Forget men cricket. Invest on girls. They may win wc at some day.

Shridhar Subrahmanyam Mar 25, 2016 04:06am

Very competent team with an excellent captain. Good luck and go all the way and win the tournament!

Aditya Mar 25, 2016 04:44am

Only women can save Pakistan. Protect them, empower them.

Kashmiri National Mar 25, 2016 05:07am

Fantastic job ladies! Go green shirts!

Calypso Mar 25, 2016 05:09am

BRAVI! Well done. CONGRATULATIONS! and Good Luck for next games. Our ladies are great. I am proud of you. Keep the steam on. You have the killer instinct of winners. Teach us (Pakistani men) the lesson for life.

Divergence Mar 25, 2016 05:09am

Really pleased to witness that women's team chased target in a professional manner as compared to men's team that is reputable to falter often in chasing

NADEEM NOTTA Mar 25, 2016 05:12am

good job ladies.proud of you.

RIZ Mar 25, 2016 05:38am

Good going girls ...... you almost beat West Indies too in first game. All the best

Fahim Khan Mar 25, 2016 05:50am

Hello Shahid Afridi, anymore comments about women cooking at home?

Well said Mar 25, 2016 06:24am

And Afridi said what?

AYK Mar 25, 2016 07:50am

Kudos!!!!Our girls have done it again......These girls should be rewarded.....PCB should cut down all perks and privileges for men team and give larger share to our talented women...Somebody please teach afridi how to cook biryani :)

Paklander Mar 25, 2016 07:59am

Congrats to the true daughters of Pakistani soil. We are all so proud of you!!!

Zia Mar 25, 2016 08:06am

Congrats girls ! You are doing great. Win or lose you have been excellent representative of Pakistan.

dawn Mar 25, 2016 08:07am

Watched the excellent performance by the ladies. Now can we have some of them replace our men?

Khan Mar 25, 2016 08:12am

Sana for Captain Pakistan's men's team

N K Ali Mar 25, 2016 08:44am

Viva! Bravo! Mubarak Ho! The ladies must now become coaches of the mens cricket team. Salams

Manav Mar 25, 2016 08:45am

In Group 2 stage Womens cricket T20 World Cup,England is leading the charts with 6 points from 3 games,Pakistan with 4 points from 3 games and India with 2 points from 3 games.when we take runrate into account,India is ahead of Pakistan and Westindies. India has one more game with Westindies and Pakistan has ione more game against against redhot 3 times t20 world champion unbeatable England. chances are that India will go to semis if they win against Westindies courtesy thier superior runrate along with England.

goldconsumer Mar 25, 2016 09:16am

Saw the match. Their fielding was superb!

George Mar 25, 2016 09:47am

I say transfer the coach and captain to the Men's team.

Let's replace Waqar and the Afridi with the women's team coach and captain. At least they know how to win.

wellwisher Mar 25, 2016 09:54am

well played.bring home the cup.

Wajih Mar 25, 2016 10:04am

My dad and I watched the whole match. Something we cannot do with me's cricket.

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Mehak Gulab Mar 25, 2016 11:02am

Well done girls! Feel proud on your performance... Cheers!

MB Mar 25, 2016 11:12am

Stop comparing them to the mens team. The mens team should be compared to them

Sixer From Chakwal Mar 25, 2016 11:20am

I loved the shots of Bisma; treat to watch seriously

Mustafa Mar 25, 2016 11:33am

@T. M. Wazir I think it is a good idea to send our women's T20 to play in the mens tournament. But question is what should we do with our men's team? Maybe be we should lay them off?

jawad Mar 25, 2016 11:56am

Im loving the new uniform of the team.

jawad Mar 25, 2016 11:58am

what men team couldn't do these brave ladies did it for Pakistan. Afridi said in an interview about Pak Women team that women should stay in kitchen. Now Afridi should be their cook!!!

common man Mar 25, 2016 01:00pm

womens crickets is not Interesting at all... fast bowlers ball at 110km/hr boundaries are 50 yards... good going though far better then men

pakistan proud Mar 25, 2016 01:31pm

we are with u dear pakiatani woman's team and we always pray for you... you are in our prayers every day...

Nihari Lal 007 Mar 25, 2016 02:13pm

Sidra, Bismah and Anam can easily replace Shoaib, Umar and Shehzad in the men's team.