By Babar Hayat
LAHORE, Pakistan: Nov. 3, 2019 (SNN247.com) – Nahida Khan smashed a timely half-century as Pakistan outclassed Bangladesh by 29 runs in the first Women’s One Day International at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Sunday.
The victory gave Pakistan an unassailable 1-0 lead over Bangladesh in the two-match series. The second One Day International between the two sides will be played at the same venue on Monday. The match will start at 10:00 a.m. Pakistan Standard Time.
Pakistan have had a great series against Bangladesh as earlier they whitewashed the visiting Bangladeshi women in a three-match Twenty20 International series.
The victory was set up by a strong start by Pakistani openers Nahida Khan and Sidra Ameen. Nahida Khan, who was declared the Player of the Match, smashed 68 runs from 97 balls, striking seven boundaries. Sidra Ameen (21 off 67 – 1 four) largely played the second-fiddle role.
Once the opening partnership was broke, Javeria Khan (2 off 4) couldn’t maintain her presence in the middle. However, skipper Bismah Maroof (39 off 43 – 5 fours), Umaima Sohail (29 off 27 – 4 fours), and Aliya Riaz (37 off 33 – 3 fours, 2 sixes) stabilized the ship.
However, lower-middle order’s inability to consume full quota of overs meant Pakistan had to settle for 10/215 from 48.5 overs.
Jahanara Alam (10-1-44-3) was the star of the show for Bangladesh with the ball. Panna Ghosh (6.5-2-12-2) and Nahida Akter (9-3-15-2) also did a marvelous job to keep Pakistan in the check.
Sana Mir never allowed the Bangladeshi women to settle in the middle. Murshida Khatun (4 off 9 – 1 four), Sharmin Akhter (20 off 29 – 4 fours), and Sanjida Islam (0 off 4) failed miserably to give the visitors a solid start.
Fargana Hoque (27 off 57 – 3 fours), skipper Rumana Ahmed (28 off 60 – 2 fours), and wicket-keeper-batsman Nigar Sultana (58 off 77 – 4 fours, 1 six) did their best to revive the innings. However, their effort was counted as the cause.
Bangladesh were eventually bowled out for 186 runs from 47.4 overs. Sana Mir (10-1-49-3), Diana Baig (10-0-43-2), Sadia Iqbal (10-1-38-2), and Nashra Sandhu (8.4-0-28-2) all contributed with the ball.
Together as a bowling unit, they never allowed Bangladeshi batsmen to find any kind of momentum.