Pakistan continues their horrible form in the 2022 WC losing their 4th match against the debutant Bangladesh in a close encounter by 9 runs. This loss has resulted in them equaling the longest losing streak in world cup history with Men’s Zimbabwe team who had lost 18 World Cup matches across 3 world cups between 1983 to 1992 World Cup.
Pakistan, who had lost 2 big matches against Australia and India had come close to a win in the previous game against South Africa which they lost by 6 runs. Coming into the game against Bangladesh, they had a slight upper hand with them after beating Bangladesh by 7 runs in the warm-up match. Both sides were looking for their first win in the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup as they had lost their previous matches.
Bangladesh put up a fighting total of 234 on the board with a valuable 71 from the consistent Fargana Hoque Pinky who got great support from opener Sharmin Akter and captain Nigar Sultana Joty who scored 44 and 46 respectively. For Pakistan, Nashra Sandhu picked 3 for 41 and was the pick of the bowlers.
As Pakistan came out chase, Sidra Ameen who failed to step up in the last 3 games was excellent with the bat scoring a fabulous 104 in 140 balls with 8 boundaries. She became the first Pakistani woman to score a century in World Cup history. She stitched a good partnership with Nahida Akter and Bismah Maroof. At 155 for 2, Pakistan looked poised for an easy win. Unfortunately, the rest of the batting unit collapsed reducing Pakistan to 209 for 8. Bangladesh leg spinners, Fahima Kathum and Rumana Ahmed took 3 and 2 wickets each and dismantled the Pakistan batting unit. This resulted in Pakistan losing their 18 consecutive world cup match.
Pakistan will be extremely unhappy with their performance against Bangladesh as they had a big chance to avoid the embarrassing record of 18 consecutive losses. With them effectively being knocked out of the tournament, Pakistan have 3 more games left, they’ll be facing New Zealand, England and West Indies who all will have an upper hand against Pakistan. Let us see whether Pakistan will be able to defeat any of these teams creating an upset or will the losing continue.
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