After a comprehensive 8-wicket- win over Thailand on the first day, Pakistan lost their 2nd match against Bangladesh. On the other hand, Bangladesh bounced back really well and claimed their first win on the second day of the tournament.
Fielding first, Bangladesh got their first breakthrough in the 5th over. Nahida Akhter dismissed both the openers Nahida Khan and Muneeba Ali in her 1st over. Skipper Bismah Maroof and Javeria Khan tried their best to build the innings; by adding 28 runs in 37 balls. But before they could move any further, Maroof got out by a delivery from Fahima Khatun; giving the catch to Rumana Ahmed.
Soon Javeria Khan also joined her in the pavilion, scoring 18 off 27. Bangladesh didn’t allow Pakistan to build any other partnership after that: their perfect bowling and fall of wickets at regular intervals restricted Pakistan within 95 runs.
Sana Mir was the highest scorer for Pakistan, scoring 21 off 23. Nahida Akhter picked up 2 wickets, and Salma Khatun, Fahima Khatun and Rumana Ahmed bagged 1 wicket each.
While chasing, it was an easy task for Bangladesh, as the target was a mere 95. Shamima Sultana and Ayasha Rahman started the innings for Bangladesh, but Pakistan managed to pick up the first wicket in the 3rd over. It was Nashra Sundhu who gave the first breakthrough, and Rahman was dismissed after scoring just 5 runs in 12 balls. Another batter Fargana Hoque soon joined her. She scored 2 off 8.
After that, a partnership started building up between Nigar Sultana and Shamima Sultana. They both added 36 runs in 34 balls, before Nida Dar picked up Shamima Sultana’s wicket. She scored a quickfire 31 off 33. Fahima Khatun scored a quick flash of 23 off 19, and her unbeaten 35 runs partnership with Nigar Sultana in 31 balls guided Bangladesh to their first win in the tournament.
Fahima Khatun was adjudged the ‘Player Of the Match’ award for her 23* off 19 balls, and 1/18.