Pakistan v Bangladesh Women’s T20 series- An analysis

Bangladesh women cricket team wrapped up the T20 series with Pakistan and unfortunately with no victories by their name as they were totally outplayed by the hosts. There were 3 T20Is held at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore starting from 26th October 2019 to 30th October. Pakistan whitewashed the Bangladesh team taking the lead in T20 series 3-0.

Bangladesh Women's tour of Pakistan 2019
Bangladesh Women’s tour of Pakistan 2019

1st T20

After winning the toss hosts elected to bat first. Openers of the side Sidra and Javeria failed to give a start after being bowled by Alam and latter being caught by Lata again surrendering to Alam. Then came down the captain Bismah Maroof with Umaima on the other side made a 50 run partnership to give the innings some stability and taking it forward which ended after a while, middle-order suffered and batsmen down the order contributed in single digits except Iram and Sidra scoring 21 and 16 runs respectively, Jahanara helped Bangladesh stop Pakistan at just 126 runs by taking 4 wickets to her name out of 7. Chasing a low score the batsmen of Bangladesh didn’t justify their roles as they managed to chase only 112 runs by the end of 20 overs in which again the openers Shamima and Ayasha failed to score and wickets broke in abundance, Rumana Ahmed who fought like a lone warrior put up her half-century in a pressure situation but couldn’t help the side to win due to lack of support. Pakistani bowlers contributed equally and clinched victory by 14 runs. The player of the match was grabbed by skipper Bismah for her all-round contribution.

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2nd T20
Toss won by Pakistan and they chose to bat first again, Hosts put up a decent score of 163 onboard to chase for Bangladesh. With the openers, Javeria and Sidra, later making a strong contribution with a half-century and then the inning was led by captain Bismah making 70 runs out of 50 balls not out. Then came the chase by the Bangladesh where openers went back in quick succession, then came the middle-order batsmen Sanjida, Nigar and Fargana making decent contribution of 45, 21 and 30 runs respectively, the squad tried but failed to chase with Sadia Iqbal taking 3 wickets in her bag, hosts winning by 15 runs and Pakistan lead the series by 2-0. Player of the match was again awarded to the captain of Pakistan.

3rd T20
Toss turned again in host’s favor with them batting first. This last game again turned out to be a low scoring encounter with Pakistan challenging Bangladesh with 113 runs to chase. Pakistan’s opener Javeria khan made 54 runs but was eventually outdone by Rumana, wickets fell in quick succession and down the order, only Umaima contributed with the bat in double digits making 31 runs who was run out by Rumana. Bangladesh bowlers were quite economical with Jhanara grasping 3 wickets and stopping Pakistan at 113 runs, after Bangladesh came out for chase the batsmen failed to perform yet again with Nigar making the highest run of 30 for the side, Pakistani bowlers were excellent on the field as they only allowed Bangladesh to make 89 runs at the end of 20 overs by taking 8 wickets and won the series by 28 runs, Whitewashing Bangladesh 3-0. The player of the match was awarded to Javeria Khan for her half-century. The player of the series from Pakistan side was given to Bismaah Maroof and from Bangladesh’s side was given to Jahanara Alam.

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TABLE POSITION AFTER T20 SERIES – Pakistan is currently standing at number 7 in The ICC T20 Women’s rankings while Bangladesh stands at number 9.

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