Sana Mir    Getty Images
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In the third and final encounter between Pakistan women and New Zealand women in the ICC Women’s Championship (Round 1), Pakistan emerged on top courtesy former skipper Sana Mir. Black Caps opted to bat and posted 155 all-out in 43.4 overs, and Pakistan edged past the opponents with 7 balls to spare. New Zealand held their nerves and pushed the match till the penultimate over only to be prevented of victory from skipper Bismah Maroof’s composed knock.

Opting to bat, New Zealand’s innings never got going. They lost early wickets and were 28 for 3. They further got reduced to 85 for 5 as Sana, alongside Sadia Yousuf and Aiman Anwar, rocked their top order. Sam Curtis was the lone fighter with a half-century and pushed the score past 150.

In reply, Pakistan got going with starts from Nahida Khan, Bismah and Javeria Khan. Nonetheless, Kiwis fought hard courtesy Anna Peterson’s twin strikes and dry middle overs from Thamsyn Newton and Leigh Kasperek. The current and former Pakistan captain, Sana and Bismah, got together at 124 for 5. They ensured their side went past the finish line with an unbeaten stand.

Brief scores

New Zealand women 155 all-out in 43.4 overs (Maddy Green 26, Sam Curtis 50; Sana Mir 4 for 25) lose to Pakistan women 156 for 5 in 48.5 overs (Sidra Ameen 32, Bismah Maroof 36*, Sana Mir 12*; Anna Peterson 2 for 25, Amelia Kerr 1 for 28) by 5 wickets.