Sidra Ameen’s maiden ODI century in vain as Pakistan’s losing streak at World Cups extends to 18
Bangladesh Women 234 for 7 (Hoque 71, Nigar 46, Akhter 44, Sandhu 3-41) beat Pakistan Women 225 for 9 (Ameen 104, Nahida 43, Fahima 3-38, Rumana 2-29) by nine runs
Pakistan’s hopes rested on Ameen, who went on to score her century, her first in ODIs. But her run-out for 104 with Pakistan on 215 signalled the end.
Nahida and Ameen were helped by some wayward new-ball bowling from Alam and Fariha Trisna, and stayed strong as the spinners came on. However, Rumana broke through when she had Nahida playing on. Ameen and Maroof then kept Pakistan on course, rotating the strike when boundaries were hard to come by, before the frenetic action towards the end.
On cue, Pakistan captain Maroof, who had opted to bowl after winning the toss, brought on spinners from both ends and Nashra Sandhu and Ghulam Fatima strung together the dots. Omaima Sohail reaped the rewards of sustained pressure as she picked up a wicket off her first ball in the game, having Akhter sweeping one on to the stumps for 44.
It was then, at 79 for 2 in the 20th over, that Hoque and Nigar got together. With spinners in operation, they struggled to rotate the strike. But Fargana, having been in the middle for over ten overs at that stage, opened up. She first pulled Sana to the midwicket fence before sweeping Sohail. Sana was then hit for back-to-back fours as Hoque and Nigar brought up their fifty-run stand.
Sandhu then struck twice in two balls, including Hoque for 71, slowing down the Bangladesh scoring at the death overs. They still managed to have enough on the board to set off the celebrations by the end of the day.
S Sudarshanan is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo