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Pakistan girls under Sana Mir clinch ODI series against Bangladesh

KARACHI - October 6, 2015: Pakistan Women Cricket Team on Tuesday defeated Bangladesh in the second one day international (ODI) match by six wickets at Southend Club ground, Karachi.

The girls in green cased the target of 124 runs in 39th over losing four wickets. The only thing Bangladesh won on the tour was the toss and that too in the last match of the series. Pakistan’s spinner Anam Amin ignited the Bangladesh collapse in which Asmavia Iqbal also played a vital role with the ball. And later Pakistan all-rounder Bisma Maroof top scored with 41 runs to get comprehensive win for her team.

Handsomely huge crowd in the ground gathered to support Pakistan team and fully enjoyed the revival of cricket in Pakistan.

Electing to bat, Bangladesh kept losing wicket at frequent intervals. Only opener Ayasha Rahman 39 runs in 56 balls studded with six boundaries, while down the order Nigar Sultana with 30 off 109 balls and Ritu Moni 48 balls 28 could manage to provide some resistance to Pakistan bowlers. Interestingly, the fourth highest score in the innings was nine runs that came off extras as Bangladesh scored 123 runs for nine wickets in 50 overs.

Pakistan bowlers throughout the entire 50 overs kept a tight leash to keep Bangladesh below an average of three runs per over. Anam in her 10 overs took four wickets for just seven runs while having five maiden overs. Asmavia had three wickets in seven overs for 28 runs, while Sania Khan snared one for 24.

In their chase, Pakistan wobbled when one of its openers Javeria Khan was off the wicket for seven runs and Pakistan’s score was at 21 runs but Marina Iqbal kept scoring runs before getting run out for 31 runs. Then Bismah and Nain Abidi held the fort for Pakistan and parted ways only when the score came close to a conclusion. Once these two young ladies were back in the pavilion, captain Sana Mir and Aliya Riaz, both of whom remained not out, overhauled the score making 12 and seven runs respectively. While playing at an average of 3.22 runs, Pakistan girls won the match with 69 balls to spare and with that clean swept the ODI series too.

Earlier Pakistan team defeated Bangladesh in the first ODI match that followed a 2-0 win in T20I series. Bangladesh team was the first ladies team to visit Pakistan since the March 9, 2009, terrorist attack on Sri Lanka team in Lahore. In May last year Zimbabwe became the first full member team to revive international cricket in Pakistan.