Sports & Games

Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team Makes Strides in ICC Women’s Championship

The Pakistan women’s cricket team, fondly known as the ‘Girls in Green’, have made significant strides in the ICC Women’s Championship points table. The team, which was previously placed at the sixth position, has now ascended to the second spot, amassing 16 points from 18 matches.

This remarkable achievement came after the team’s historic victory over the White Ferns in New Zealand. The Girls in Green defeated the hosts for the third time during their tour, securing a significant victory in the third ODI at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval. This marked the team’s inaugural win over the White Ferns on New Zealand soil and only their second victory in 17 matches against them.

The game was a rollercoaster of emotions and suspense. Earlier in the day, Pakistan managed to edge out New Zealand by a narrow margin of three runs following a nail-biting super-over. The Green Shirts, led by Aliya Riaz’s exceptional batting, set a target of 12 runs in the super-over. They were able to successfully defend this target, with Sadia Iqbal proving to be a formidable challenge for the New Zealand batters, limiting them to just eight runs.

While chasing a 252-run target, Pakistan faced early setbacks, losing the wickets of Muneeba Ali and Sidra Ameen with only 37 runs on the board in 7.4 overs. Despite this, a solid 101-run partnership between Bismah Maroof and Aliya Riaz managed to steer the visitors back into contention.

Riaz was dismissed by Jess Kerr, falling just six runs shy of a commendable half-century, with a score of 44 runs. In contrast, Maroof demonstrated her skill, leading the team’s score with a contribution of 68 runs, including five boundaries, which earned her the Player of the Match title.

The real difference-makers, however, were Fatima Sana and Natalia Pervaiz, whose swift batting down the order brought Pakistan within striking distance of the target. Sana hit 36 off 33, while Natalia scored 26 off 23. In the final over, with only a single wicket remaining, Pakistan required eight runs from six balls. Najiha Alvi rose to the occasion, making crucial contributions at the last wicket to help her team avoid a clean sweep.

The ODI series, which is a part of the ICC Women’s Championship, ended with the White Ferns leading 2-1. Yet, during the tour, the Pakistan women’s team set a new record by becoming the first team from Asia to secure a T20I series win against the White Ferns, with a series victory of 2-1.

This monumental win has not only uplifted the spirits of the Pakistan women’s cricket team but has also instilled a deep sense of pride within the nation. The ‘Girls in Green’ have indeed left an indelible mark in the cricketing world, and their recent accomplishments bear witness to their relentless effort, unwavering determination, and exceptional talent.

Back to top button