LAHORE : After securing a three-nil T20I series win, Pakistan women have also beaten the Bangladesh women cricket team in first ODI by 29 runs at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Pakistani team batting first had posted a defendable target of 215 with the help of Nahida Khan‘s 68. Bangldesh s Jahanara Alam took three wickets for 44 runs to bag the Pakistan team in 48.5 over.Despite Nigar Sultana‘s 58 against Pakistan women cricket team, Bangladesh women team got all out for 186 runs in 47.4 over.Sana Mir took three wickets for 49 runs, whereas Diana Baig, Sadia Iqbal and Nashra Sandhu took two wickets each and won the match by 29 runs.
According to a PCB press release, ahead of their next month’s final round ICC Women’s Championship fixture against world champions England in Malaysia, this series provides a crucial opportunity to the Bismah Maroof-led side to get their permutations and combinations right.
Pakistan are currently ranked fifth in the eight-team series and a win against England will see them secure automatic qualification for the ICC Women s Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand by breaking into the top four.
Bangladesh will take inspiration from the most recent ODI outing between the two sides in October 2018. The only ODI during Pakistan’s tour of Bangladesh ended in the host’s comfortable six-wicket win.
The two teams have overall played eight ODIs with Pakistan having an upper hand with five wins. The remaining three were won by Bangladesh.
Saturday also marks the first instance when Pakistan women are playing an ODI at the country’s home of cricket, the Gaddafi Stadium.
Earlier, Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof said, “We have two one-dayers against Bangladesh and our aim is to win both of them. The T20I series was our season-opener and we needed that win to get the momentum. Now, we have gotten it, we will look to make the most of it in the ODI series.
“Our one-day team has been doing well of late and the girls are ready to confront all the challenges that come their way. It was evident in the T20I series when everyone stood up and delivered in pressure moments.”
Bangladesh captain Rumana Ahmed: “There’s a little worry in the camp after the T20I series defeat but we are looking at the positives. The ODI series present us chances to pounce back and we have a firm believe that we will do better in the upcoming two matches.
“We have good performers in both departments but my observation is that our main strength will be out bowling attack.”