It's nice to finally taste a win. We were very hungry for the victory. We knew we almost there every game. Every match someone has been stepping up in different games. I hope we can continue to improve.
It was a really good fight. We didn't put enough runs on the board. It was great that the bowlers could pull the game this far. Bangladesh has consistently shown that they are a very good side. We tried to put pressure on them in between, but it wasn't enough in the end. They played really well. We need to get better.
Player of the Match:After losing yesterday what we wanted to do was put in our best performance. I wanted to contribute and bat as long as possible. I'm happy we were able to get over the line. I knew that Jahanara had the ability to win it for us. I was confident. Nice to have contributed.
Pakistan will rue the fact that they didn't bat out their entire quota of 50 overs. 5 runs could have made such a difference to them. What an incredible game in the end. Bangladesh's 10th wicket pair displayed nerves of steel when the lower middle order imploded. 15-year old Aroob Shah kept her calm when the senior bowlers seemed to be struggling. Huge learning curve for the youngster, but a moment to savour for Bangladesh. They chased down their highest ever total on the back of excellent contributions from Fargana Hoque, Rumana Ahmed and Murshida Khatun. It was their aggressive intent at the start that got Bangladesh over the line.
Nahida Akter and Jahanara Alam scamper the required three runs in the final over. They get over the line off the penultimate ball. Sensible from the last-wicket pair. They were clear about what they wanted to do - nothing extravagant, simply get the job done.
Panna Ghosh top edges a slog that falls well short of long on. Is that the slice of luck the visitors needed? Are Pakistan being to conservative? Can they afford to have one more player in the circle? Next ball, Ghosh slashes at a wide one that trickles down to third man, she turns for two, but a good throw from Diana Baig catches her short. BAN 205/9 in 48.3 overs. Need six runs in nine balls.
Two overs to go. Two wickets remaining. And nine runs to win. Which team is better placed? Sana Mir to bowl the penultimate over. Pakistan will hope she can get a wicket. BAN 202/8 in 48 overs.
Jahanara Alam calls Fahima Khatun for a suicidal run. The latter takes off late and is caught well short of the non-striker's end. She has to walk back for 1. Bangladesh in all sorts now. Aroob Shah showing nerves of steel. BAN 198/8 in 47 overs. Need 13 runs in 18 balls. Jahanara 2, Panna 0.
So long Sanjida!
Aroob Shah picks up her second wicket of the day! Sanjida Islam plays a reckless stroke - trying to slog a wide delivery over mid-on. Aliya Riaz take a good catch. Pakistan applying the squeeze. Brilliant from the youngster. Jahanara Alam to the middle. BAN 195/7 in 46.1 overs. Need 16 runs in 23 balls.
Self destruct mode?
Salma Khatun caught at long on off the bowling of Bismah Maroof. Unnecessary stroke there from the veteran. All she had to do was tap the ball around for ones and twos. The run rate is well in control. BAN 191/6 in 44 overs. Need 20 runs in 36 balls. Sanjida 17, Fahima 0.
Having held her nerve through the course of the innings and shown great clarity of thought throughout, Fargana Hoque advances to Aroob Shah and looks to slog her over square leg. Only gets a top edge that is easily pouched by Nashra Sandhu at deep square leg. First ODI wicket for Aroob Shah, and it's a huge one! Fargana goes for 67. Completely unnecessary stroke from the right-hander, but what a wonderful moment for the 15-year-old. Can Pakistan find a way back into the match from here? It's a game of ones for Bangladesh now. BAN 188/5 in 43 overs. Sanjida 15, Salma 0.
Easy does it
Bangladesh are motoring along. With 10 overs to go, they need 35 runs to win with six wickets in hand. This is their game to lose. Fargana is well set and looks determined to see the team through. However, the loss of Rumana seems to have put her off slightly. These last few overs will be about who keeps their head better. Pakistan are looking to squeeze. Nashra and Mir hold the key for Pakistan. Sanjida Islam looking to remain positive. BAN 175/4 in 40 overs. Fargana 61, Sanjida 8.
Nashra into the act
Nashra Sandhu gets the big wicket of Rumana Ahmed. The left-arm spinner floats one slower and wider, pushing it across Rumana who takes the bait, looking to smash it over cover. Only manages an outside edge that gently floats into the hands of Nahida Khan at backward point! Is this Pakistan's ticket back in to the game? Rumana goes for 31 off 43 balls. BAN 166/4 in 38.4 overs. Fargana 60, Sanjida 0.
Following the 82-run third wicket stand, the fourth wicket pair of Rumana and Fargana have taken complete control of the chase. Pakistan are well and truly on the back foot at the moment - desperate to break this partnership. Bangladesh's two best batters are looking extremely calm and in control of the situation. Pakistan are still diving around in the field, but they are getting no help off the surface. To make matters worse, Aliya Riaz is having a poor day with the ball: 0 for 35 in 5 overs. BAN 156/3 in 36 overs.Fargana 55, Rumana 26.
Fargana the Fighter!
Fargana Hoque brings up her 6th ODI half-century with a fine sweep shot off Aroob Shah. It's come off 75 balls. She's shepherded this chase beautifully and paced her innings wonderfully well - rotated the strike with ease and found the boundary when the opportunity has presented itself. Still much to do for the right-hander. BAN 138/3 in 33 overs.
Fargana 51, Rumana 13.
Bismah Maroof brings herself in to the attack and prizes out a wicket immediately. Murshida Khatun chips a simple catch stright back to Maroof in her follow through. Soft dismissal. Rumana Ahmed joins Fargana. BAN 111/3 in 26 overs, Fargana 39, Rumana 0.
25 overs into the chase and Bangladesh JUST have their noses in front. Murshida and Fargana have kept Pakistan at bay whilst finding the boundary consistently. The hosts are searching for a wicket - Aroob Shah causing a few problems, but not looking threatening enough to get a wicket. Bangladesh motoring along nicely. BAN 108/2 in 25 overs. Fargana 38, Murshida 43.
Fargana Hoque and Murshida Khatun have brought up the fifty-run stand for the third wicket. They've put away the bad balls and rotated strike beautifully. Made full use of the field restrictions at the start, and are not simply milking the spinners. 50 runs off 66 balls. BAN 79/2 in 19 overs. Fargana 23, Murshida 29.
15-year-old Syeda Aroob Shah into the attack. Starts with a well flighted delivery, right on target. Good start from the youngster - no sign of nerves. Gets one ball slightly wrong to Fargana Hoque who plays a powerful sweep shot for four. Six runs off her first over, but there's much promise!
Fifty up for Bangladesh! Murshida Khan takes Aliya Riaz over the top of mid-off for two boundaries in the 13th over. Looks like the visitors want to step on the gas. They are happy to take the aerial route. Pakistan neeed to stem the flow. BAN 53/2 in 13 overs. Fargana 12, Murshida 14.
Pakistan up and about
Javeria Khan and Aliya Riaz are leading the way in the field for Pakistan - diving about and sliding to save every run. The hosts are really making Bangladesh work for their runs - they're squeezing as much as they can. BAN 39/2 in 11 overs. Fargana 7, Murshida 5.
Simply superb, Sana!
Veteran Sana Mir picks up her first wicket of the day. Nicely flighted delivery, Nigar Sultana attempts to sweep it. It's far too full, and she misses it completely - trapped plumb in front for a duck. BAN 29/2 in 8 overs. Fargana 0, Murshida 2.
Taking one chance too many
Having taken two boundaries off the over already, Sharmin Sultana goes in search of another, only to skew it straight up. She has to go for 27 off 26 balls. Good running catch by Aliya Riaz at mid-off. Diana Baig with the wicket. The opener chanced her arm one too many times, it seems. But she has underlined Bangladesh's intent. BAN 29/1 in 6.4 overs. Murshida 2, Nigar 0.
Trying to break the shackles
Pakistan have kept Bangladesh quiet in the first five overs, but it appears Sharmin Sultana is trying to take the attack to Pakistan. She is advancing down the track to Diana Baig - finds the boundary once, and is dropped next ball by Nahida Khan at slip. BAN 15/0 in 5 overs. Murshida 1, Sharmin 14.
Who is happier?
At the halfway mark, Pakistan were well and truly in front. Bangladesh looked bereft of ideas, unsure of how to check the flow of runs. However, Rumana Ahmed's spell in the middle brought the visitors back into the game. Their body language lifted and there was really no turning back. Following the dismissal of Bismah, Pakistan really struggled to keep the momentum. Once again, at the back end of the innings, they crumbled in a heap. While 210 will not be an easy chase for Bangladesh, they will be aware that a couple of good partnerships of the top will give them the edge they need.
Pakistan run out!
Two run outs to end the game! Sidra Nawaz involved in both!
First, she plays a hard sweep shot straight to backward square leg, who is inside the circle. Nashra Sandhu takes off, but is sent back - well short. Good throw from Panna Ghosh, right over the stumps. Next, Syeda Aroob Shah slips in an attempt to turn for the second run, and can't make it back in time. Pakistan fail to play out their quota of 50 overs again. PAK 209 in 48.4 overs. Sidra 18*.
Baig in the bag!
After a poor first spell Panna Ghosh has come back splendidly with the old ball. She gets Diana Baig with a good yorker. The right-hander plays all over it trying to hit to the leg side. Meanwhile, Sidra Nawaz is playing a handy little cameo. PAK 204/8 in 47 overs. Sidra 16, Nashra 0.
The slide continues
Sharp work from Panna Ghosh at mid-wicket. Sidra Nawaz drops one to mid-wicket and immediately calls 'No'. However, Aliya had taken off almost as soon as the ball hit her bat - direct hit from Ghosh means she was caught well short of the crease. Has to go for an uncharacteristic 36 off 68 balls. PAK 198/7 in 46 overs. Sidra 11, Diana 1.
Big mix up!
Aliya Riaz cuts straight to point. Sana Mir takes off for a single, but her partner doesn't budge. Easy run out completed by Nahida Akter. Pakistan losing their way again. PAK 182/6 in 44 overs. Aliya 33, Sidra 0.
Full and straight
Panna Ghosh has come back well in her second spell. She is keeping the ball full and straight - forcing Pakistan to take risks by hitting across the line. She's helped significantly slow the run rate. PAK 174/5 in 42 overs. Aliya 30, Mir 8.
Nahida Khan speaks
When I got a chance in the first ODI after sitting out in all 3 T20Is, I was really determined to score heavily. I am happy I was able to back up my fifty in the first ODI with another score today. The captain and senior players have backed me up - they were all very positive that I would do well. It was nice to be able to do it. We're really happy that Bangladesh agreed to come out here and play in Pakistan. It's been nice to play in Lahore.
Nigar Sultana drops a relatively straightforward chance off the bowling of Jahanara Alam. Aliya Riaz was looking to cut a short delivery. The ball seemed to climb on to her much quicker than she though. Cramped for room. How much will this hurt Bangladesh? PAK 161/5 in 38 overs. Aliya 24, Mir 1.
An arm ball from Salma Kahtun finds the edge of Iram Javed's bat. Good, sharp catch from Nigar Sultana behind the stumps. Excellent bowling from the veteran - she had Iram feeling for the ball outside the off-stump. Sana Mir comes to the crease. PAK 158/5 in 36.2 overs. Aliya 22, Mir 0.
Bye, bye Bismah!
Salma Khatun into the attack and she strikes immediately. Floats one up above the eyeline and Bismah Maroof cannot resist. She advances down the track and tries to smash it over mid-wicket - easily caught on the boundary for 34 off 53 balls. Looks like Bangladesh had planned that dismissal. Khatun is incredibly happy. PAK 157/4 in 34.1 overs. Aliya 22, Iram 0.
Bangladesh's spinners have largely been able to keep the scoring rate in check, but Aliya Riaz has managed to find the boundary on a couple of occasions. She's using her feet beautifully, coming down the track to the tweakers. Find the gap nicely on the off-side. Positive intent from the allrounder. This partnership is worth 43 runs. PAK 154/3 in 33 overs. Maroof 32, Aliya 21.
Bismah Maroof continues to play the ball with soft hands and steal runs in the in-field. Her placement has been immaculate today. Aliya Riaz is taking a leaf out of her skipper's book - dealing in singles at the moment. Pakistan making quiet progress. Long way to go. PAK 137/3 in 30 overs. Bismah 32, Aliya 8.
Dragging them back
Those wickets in the middle mean Pakistan is suddenly searching for runs again. Rumana Ahmed is in the middle of a good little spell - attacking the stumps and forcing the batters to create the pace with her slow, loopy deliveries. She needs one of the other bowlers to support her from the other end. PAK 121/3 in 27 overs. Bismah 22, Aliya 4.
Captain's day out!
No. 3 for Rumana! Faster and flatter delivery from the leg-spinner and Omaima is cleaned up trying to guide a straight delivery past backward point. Slightly lazy shot. Looked like she didn't pick the quicker one. PAK 111/3 in 24.3 overs. Bismah 16, Aliya 0.
Second for Rumana!
Rumana Ahmed gets the big wicket of Nahida Khan - caught trying to loft. She simply skews the ball straight up in the air. Easily taken by Jahnara Alam. Has to walk back for 63 off 79 balls - there was a century there for the taking, it seemed. PAK 105/2 in 22.1 overs. Bismah 15, Omaima 0.
Bangladesh's shoulders are suddenly drooping - several mistakes in the last couple of overs. First an overthrow for four. Then, Sanjida Islam drops Nahida Khan at mid-on - the ball then creeps over the boundary. And finally, a couple of balls tunneled in the inner circle. Pakistan well on top. PAK 100/1 in 21 overs. Nahida 58, Bismah 15.
Following a patient fifty in the first ODI, Nahida Khan cracks a second consecutive half-century today. It's the seventh of her ODI career and has come off 65 balls. She's struck six boundaries and looks in wonderful touch. No signs of tiring yet. Pakistan will want her to kick on.(Image courtesy, PCB)
No stopping Nahida
The fall of the wicket has done little to stall Pakistan's progress. Nahida Khan has continued on her merry way. The introduction of spin means the sweep shot is her default option. Maroof, at the other end, looks in regal touch. She's collected a boundary off a beautiful cover drive off Salma Khatun. PAK 75/1 in 15 overs. Nahida 42, Bismah 6.
Rumana Ahmed gives Bangladesh a much needed breakthrough in her very first over. Javeria Khan is caught at mid-on (again), trying to loft a full delivery over the in-field. Poor shot - the ball was a tad too full to lift, and Javeria barely got any power in the shot. Bunts it to mid on and has to go for 24 off 33. PAK 58/1 in 11 overs. Nahida 32, Bismah 0.
Bangladesh have bowled a few too many loose deliveries this morning and Pakistan have made sure to take full time. Positive footwork from both Javeria Khan and Nahida Khan has seen them get into wonderful positions to manipulate the field and also find the boundary. While the former has been particularly severe on anything short, Nahida is driving powerfully off the front foot. Bangladesh are desperate for a breakthrough - they look deflated at the moment. PAK 54/0 in 10 overs. Nahida 29, Javeria 20.
Javeria Khan has employe the cut shot to great effect. With no catches behind the wicket she has simply glided deliveries outside off stump to third man to get off strike. She's also collected three boundaries - powerful shots off the back foot. She's raced to 17 off 20 balls. PAK 29/0 in 6 overs. Javeria 17, Nahida 11.
Unlike the previous ODI, Pakistan have started positively. Nahida Khan - fresh off a half-century - looks comfortable out in the middle. She's already struck a magnificent boundary off Jahanara Alam. Javeria Khan, busy as usual. The ball is really pinging off her bat. Good signs for the hosts. PAK 13/0 in 3 overs. Nahida 8, Javeria 5.
IN: Iram Javed and Syeda Aroob Shah.
OUT: Sidra Ameen and Sadia Iqbal.
Nahida Khan, Javeria Khan, Bismah Maroof (c), Omaima Sohail, Iram Javed, Aliya Riaz, Sana Mir, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Diana Baig, Nashra Sandhu, Syeda Aroob Shah.
Pakistan won the toss and will bat first. (Image courtesy, PCB)
Allround Bangladesh level series with a thrilling win over Pakistan
Bangladesh held their nerve to win a thrilling match against Pakistan in the second ODI at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Monday (November 4) to level the two-match series 1-1. The game went right down to the wire with Jahanara Alam and Nahida Akhter having to scamper the last few runs to get their team over the line off the penultimate ball of the match by one-wicket. The chase of 211 was set up by Fargana Hoque (67) and Murshida Khatun (44). The duo strung together a vital 82-run stand for the third wicket to help lay a solid…