Bangladesh women’s cricket team started their campaign for the World Cup Qualifiers with a win. On Sunday, November 21, Bangladeshi team led by Nigar Sultana beat Pakistan by three wickets at Harare Sports Club. The match was very exciting as Bangladesh chased down the target of 202 with two balls to spare.
Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bowl first. His bowlers performed well to restrict Pakistan to a score of 201 runs for seven wickets. At one point, he restricted Pakistan to 49 runs in 17.5 overs. Nadira Akhtar and Ritu Moni took good wickets in the beginning. Ayesha Zafar’s run-out also cost Pakistan heavily.
Nida Dar and Alia Riaz then put on a 137-run partnership for the sixth wicket to take Pakistan out of trouble. Dar scored 87 runs off 111 balls. He hit eight fours and two sixes in his innings. She got out in the 49th over. On the other hand, Riaz remained unbeaten on 61 runs off 82 balls.
Bangladesh’s start was also not good and their innings never seemed to pick up the pace. His score at one point was 98 for four in 36 overs. In such a situation, victory seemed far away and difficult.
However, Fifty off 44 balls from Rumana Ashraf kept him in the race for victory. Pakistan increased the pressure when Lata Mandal and Fatima Khatoon could not even open the account for Bangladesh. But with the help of Salma Khatoon’s quick 18 runs, Bangladesh won the match in the last over.
After this victory, Bangladesh team expressed their happiness by singing a song. The women players sang the Bengali version of ‘Amra Korbo Joy Ekdin’ which means ‘Hum Honge Kamyab’.