Pakistan women trump Bangladesh by nine wickets

Sidra Ameen (53 not out) and Bismah Maroof (43 not out) shared a 99-run stand for the second wicket as Pakistan made a mockery of the 113 for 9 posted by Bangladesh.

Sidra Ameen scored an unbeaten 53 off 48 balls.   -  Sandeep Saxena

The Pakistani women’s cricket team boosted its World Twenty20 semifinal hopes as it defeated Bangladesh by nine wickets at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Thursday. Sidra Ameen (53 not out) and Bismah Maroof (43 not out) shared a 99-run stand for the second wicket as Pakistan made a mockery of the 113 for 9 posted by Bangladesh.

Pakistan did it with 3.3 overs to spare that will surely be a big boost to its net run rate as it now sits on third in the Group B table.





England is through to the semifinals with six points from three matches, while Pakistan and West Indies have four points from equal number of games. India is fourth with two points, while Bangladesh is out with no points. Bangladesh, coming into the match with a hat-trick of losses, notched up 113 for 9, thanks to No.4 Fargana Hoque’s 37-ball 36. Apart from her, Sharmin Akhter contribued 19 runs.

For Pakistan, opening bowlers, right-arm medium pacer Asmavia Iqbal and left-arm spinner Anam Amin picked up two wickets, while captain and offspinner Sana Mir took a wicket. In reply, Bangladesh offspinner Salma Khatun removed opener Nahida Khan (10) but Sidra and Bismah didn’t allow any other wicket to fall.

Second opener Sidra, playing her 12th T20I, scored her maiden fifty. She remained unbeaten, scoring 53 runs in 48 deliveries. Bismah scored 43 runs in 43 deliveries as she played a supporting role to perfection with Sidra.