Bangladesh squeeze past Pakistan in a nail-biting thriller
Fargana Hoque and Murshida Khatun knit an 82 run match-winning partnership that helped Bangladesh square the two-match ODI series.
Pakistan won the toss and choose to bat first. They got to 210 courtesy of Nahida Khan's half-century that helped them cross the 200 mark, but it didn't prove enough in the end as Bangladesh held their nerve and got over the line on the penultimate delivery of the last over with just one wicket remaining in the tank.
Pakistan started their innings convincingly as the opening pair of Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan forged a partnership of 58 runs. Thereafter, skipper Bismah Maroof and Nahida glued a 47 runs stand that laid the platform for a substantial target
However, the strike rate was slightly on the lower side as Pakistan got bowled out for 210 inside the 48th over. Rumana Ahmed flummoxed three batsmen while Bangladesh captain and offbreak bowler Salma Khatun took two scalps to put a lid on the total.
In the pursuit of a modest total, Bangladesh hiccuped early and lost two wickets on 29. Fargana Hoque and Murshida Khatun then stabilized the ship and did splendid rebuilding work for an 82 run stand in which Fargana scored 67 and Murshida plundered 44 runs.
Bangladesh were put on a trial by spin as after the mammoth partnership, the visitors lost four wickets on a paltry 18 runs before Jahanara Alam and Nahida Akter took control. The pair didn't panic and eventually won the nerve-jangling thriller in the last over. Pakistan captain Bismah and Syeda Aroob Shah took two wickets each for a losing cause.
Fargana Hoque was adjudicated player of the match for her crucial half-century and her along with Nahida Khan were declared players of the series.