2nd T20I – Anam Amin and company star in crushing win over Bangladesh

Anam Amin and other Pakistani spinners wreaked havoc in the Bangladeshi camp dismissing them for a dismal 30 runs in their chase of 89. Bangladesh who had the better of Pakistan in the Asia Cup were completely caught by surprise. What turned out to be one of the lowest scores in Women’s T20Is, Anam Amin starred with impeccable figures of 3 overs, 3 maidens and 3 wickets.

On winning the toss and electing to field first in a rain curtailed game, Bangladesh picked up the opener Ayesha Zafar in the 2nd over with just 8 runs on the board. The duo of Nahida Khan and skipper Javeria Khan put on 41 runs for the second wicket in just 26 deliveries.

Lata Mondal struck to pick up the wicket of Javeria Khan which then triggered a mini collapse in the Pakistan middle order. Nahida Akter struck twice in successive overs leaving Pakistan struggling at 60/4 in 9.3 overs. Jahanara Alam got the better of Muneeba Ali with the score on only 70. Sana Mir and Aliya Riaz managed to put on 18 runs in 15 deliveries to end the innings at a score of 88 in allocated 14 overs.

Javeria Khan was the top scorer of the innings with 25 runs which included 2 fours and a six. Nahida Akter picked up 2 wickets and was well supported by Jahanara Alam (1/19).

Needing to score 89, Pakistan bowlers got the wickets tally rolling right from the first over. Just like her opening partner Aiman Anwer, Anam Amin too struck a blow in her first over to remove the opening keeper batswoman Shamima Sultana. Bangladesh lost 3 wickets on the score of 13 with scorecard reading 13/2 to 13/5 in 6 overs. Anam Amin played the major role bowling 3 consecutive maidens and picking up a double wicket maiden in her 3rd over.

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Bangladesh kept on loosing wickets without able to pile on runs on the board with the scoreboard after 10 overs reading 23 for loss of 7 wickets. Nida Dar who managed to bowl only a single over in the innings picked up 2 wickets by conceding 4 runs. The misery ended when Rumana Ahmed who was the top scorer of innings with 9 runs was dismissed by Nashra Sandhu who ended with figures of 2 for 7 in 2.5 overs. Aiman Anwer too picked up 2 wickets and Sana Mir could manage 1 wicket in her 2 overs. Anam Amin was declared the player of the match for her outstanding bowling figures.

Anam Amin has tasted huge success in her recent outings and is currently ranked 4th in the Womens T20 International bowler rankings. Her ability to bowl tight lines and at the same time trick the batswoman with her flight makes a lethal combo. Her bowling spell in the match was a testimony to her knack of bowling dot balls and picking up wickets at the same time. The left arm orthodox idolizes Daniel Vettori and her performance would even make the great man proud.

Bangladesh now has the 3rd lowest score in a T20 innings with the lowest being by Mozambique where the team was bundled out for a meagre 25. The innings run rate of 2.33 is the 7th lowest of all times. Also, this is the 3rd occasion when none of the batswoman was able to make a double digit score. Anam Amin has now the best economical bowling figures along with C Kauripeke, but has managed to pick up 3 wickets in comparison to Kauripeke’s one in the spell.

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Bangladesh batswomen will now have to quickly regroup and come up with a stronger performance in the 3rd T20I which will be played on Friday, October 5th, in order to keep the series alive. Pakistan now leads the 4 match series by 1-0 with the first game being abandoned due to rain.

Scorecard Summary –
Pakistan – 88/5 in 14 overs (Javeria Khan 25(18), Nahida Khan 18(18); Nahida Akter (3-19-2))
Defeat Bangladesh – 30/10 in 12.5 overs (Rumana Ahmed 9(12); Anam Amin (3-0-3), Nida Dar (1-4-2)) by 58 runs

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