Bismah Maroof in action for Pakistan. ©ICC

High on confidence after their last win, Pakistan continued their exceptional form with another win, this time against Malaysia. With this win, they too came one step closer to the final along with Bangladesh. Currently, Pakistan and Bangladesh are both on the top of the point table with 6 points each.

Malaysia won the toss and elected to field first, with Nahida Khan and Jaweria Rauf starting the innings for Pakistan. Malaysia got their first breakthrough in the very first over, when Nahida Khan was dismissed by a direct throw from Nadhirah Nasruddin, after scoring 1 off 2. The other opener, Rauf, got out in the 5th over by a delivery of Sasha Azmi. She scored 13(17), and Rauf and Javeria Khan added 36 runs off 27 balls. At the end of the powerplay, Pakistan was on 39 for the loss of 2 wickets. Skipper Bismah Maroof and Javeria Khan started to steady the ship, but Malaysia managed to pick up another wicket, when Khan was dismissed by Zumika Azmi after scoring 31 off 24.

However, all-rounder Nida Dar along with skipper Bismah Maroof, started building a partnership soon, with both of them hitting the bowlers all around the park. Carrying on the momentum from the last match, Maroof notched up another T20I half-century, by slamming a quickfire 62 off 37 balls. Before she could move further, however, she got out by a direct throw from Yusrina Yaakop.

Nida Dar scored a breezy 41 in 27 balls, and the only six of the innings came from her bat. Her batting heroics helped Pakistan to put up a huge total of 177 in 20 overs, with the loss of 5 wickets. It was not an easy chase for Malaysia. Christina Baret and Yusrina Yaakop opened their innings, and Sana Mir gave Pakistan the first breakthrough by taking Baret’s wicket. They managed to score a mere 18 runs in 10 overs.

After that, it was Nida Dar’s show. She picked up Yaakop’s wicket in the very first delivery of her 4 overs spell. Nashra Sundhu dismissed Winifred Duraisingam in the 13th over. In the same over Mahirah Izzati Ismail got out by a direct throw from Javeria Khan.

After her career-best 5 wickets haul in the last match against Sri Lanka; Nida Dar picked up 4 wickets today. Javeria Khan, Sana Mir and Nashra Sundhu bagged 1 wicket each. Their restricted bowling helped them to win over Malaysia by a huge margin of 147 runs.

The Player of the Match was given to Nida Dar for her fantastic performance of 41 and 4/5.