Fargana, Nigar, Akther guide Bangladesh to their highest ODI total


Fargana and Nigar placed on 96 runs for the third wicket to propel Bangladesh to 234; Sandhu picks up three for Pakistan

Bangladesh Girls 234 for 7 (Fargana 71, Nigar 46, Akhter 44, Sandhu 3-41) vs Pakistan Girls

Bangladesh had gained two of their final three matches in opposition to Pakistan. And it appeared the gamers got here into this conflict properly conscious of the actual fact as evident from their physique language. It was the Bangladesh captain Nigar Sultana, main from the entrance, including 96 for the third wicket with Fargana Hoque that proved to be the bottom for them at Seddon Park within the Girls’s World Cup to publish 234 for 7, their highest total in ODIs.
Like in opposition to South Africa, openers Shamima Sultana and Sharmin Akhter, who was one in all two modifications Bangladesh made, acquired off to a constructive begin in opposition to seamers Diana Baig and Fatima Sana. It took simply 5 balls from spinner Nida Dar to dismiss Shamima and apply brakes on Bangladesh, who raced to 51 for 1 within the powerplay.

On cue, Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof, who opted to bowl, introduced on spinners from each ends as Nashra Sandhu and Ghulam Fatima then rung within the dots. Omaima Sohail reaped the rewards of sustained stress as she picked up a wicket off her first ball within the sport, having Akhter sweeping one onto the stumps for 44.

It was then, at 79 for two within the twentieth over, that Fargana and Nigar acquired collectively. With spinners in operation, they struggled to rotate strike. However Fargana, having been within the center for over ten overs, then opened up. She first pulled Sana to the midwicket fence earlier than sweeping Sohail. Sana was then hit for back-to-back fours as Fargana and Nigar introduced up their fifty-run stand.

Nigar’s scoring was extra reliant on working between the wickets and he or she hit her solely 4 off legspinner Ghulam. However Sana then returned to interrupt the partnership, greatest for Bangladesh in the Women’s World Cup and fourth-best in ODIs, trapping Nigar lbw on 46.

Sandhu then struck twice in two balls, together with the dismissal of Fargana for 71, slowing down the Bangladesh scoring within the loss of life overs. She completed with three wickets as Bangladesh may solely handle to attain 57 for 4 within the final ten overs.

S Sudarshanan is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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