DHAKA, In a dominant display of cricket, Pakistan women’s team outclassed BCB Women’s XI with a robust 56-run victory at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Thursday. The win was propelled by half-centuries from key players Bismah Maroof, Muneeba Ali, and Nida Dar in a one-day match setting a solid foundation for the upcoming ODI series.
According to Pakistan Cricket Board, the Pakistani batters showed strong form, with Muneeba Ali leading the scorecard with a 63 off 81 balls, followed closely by contributions from Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar, both retiring out post their fifties. Their efforts helped Pakistan set a formidable target of 270 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
The Bangladesh Women’s XI responded with a spirited chase but were contained to 214 all out in 48.1 overs, despite half-centuries from Lata Mondol and Murshida Khatun. Pakistan’s off-spinner Umm-e-Hani made a significant impact by taking two wickets for 25 runs.
Batting coach Taufeeq Umar, drawing from his experience of scoring a century at the Shere Bangla Stadium back in December 2011, conveyed his optimism about the wicket being favorable for batters and supportive for spinners. He praised the batters’ performance in the practice game and expressed confidence in their abilities for the ODI series.
Umar reflected on the importance of the upcoming series, asserting that training sessions in Dhaka had been fruitful and that he trusts the batters to carry forward their momentum from the T20I series into the ODIs. Acknowledging the strength of Bangladesh in their conditions, he emphasized his belief in the Pakistan team to perform consistently.
The stage is now set for an enthralling ODI series between Pakistan and Bangladesh women’s teams, beginning on November 4.