Sidra Ameen was named Player of the Match © Getty Images
Sidra Ameen was named Player of the Match © Getty Images

Sidra Ameen and Bismah Maroof shared an unbeaten 99-run partnership as Pakistan Women thumped Bangladesh Women by 9 wickets in ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2016, Match 15 at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. The win was set up by the Pakistan Women bowlers, who managed to restrict the misfiring Bangladesh Women to a mere 113 for 9. After that Nahida Khan was dismissed early, but Sidra and Bismah ensured there was no twist to the tale, knocking off the runs with ease. Live Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs Pakistan, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2016 Match 15 at Delhi

Nahida was the only wicket that fell, but she also provided Pakistan Women with the early mometum by hitting a couple of boundaries. After that it was all about Sidra and Bismah. Sidra kept her scoring rate up for much of the innings, ensuring that Bismah had the time to play herself in. At the end of the 11th over, Pakistan were 71 for 1 with Sidra on 40 off 32 balls and Bismah on 15 off 25. Live Cricket Blog: Bangladesh vs Pakistan, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2016, Match 15 at Delhi

That is when Bismah took charge. Fahima Khatun was smacked down the ground for four, and a couple of overs later Sidra hit Rumana Ahmed for three back-to-back boundaries. Panna Ghosh was driven for four more in the next over, at the end of which Sidra was on 50 and Bismah on 41. Pakistan ended up winning by 9 wickets with 21 balls to spare.

Earlier, Fargana Hoque powered Bangladesh Women to a moderate score of 113 for 9 against Pakistan Women. Sanjida Islam and Sharmin Akhter opened batting for Bangladesh Women, while Anam Amin and Asmavia Iqbal started off for Pakistan. Sharmin hit Asmavia for a boundary early in her innings but after that the runs dried up. Anam had Sanjida out caught behind for 1 off 5 balls as Bangladesh lost their first wicket for 11. Sana Mir came on to bowl the fourth over and No. 3 batswoman Salma Khatun greeted her with a slog past mid on. Asmavia was hit for another boundary by Salma in the next over, but the bowler soon had her revenge. Salma ended up getting bowled by Asmavia for 10 off 14 balls.

Sharmin was on 6 from 8 balls at that point, and had not faced a ball in 3 overs. That affected her concentration as well as her flow. Fargana Hoque kept the runs coming but neither woman was able to find the boundary. Not a single four was hit between the fifth and ninth overs. Nida Dar came on to bowl the 10th over and Fargana started off with a boundary to midwicket. The next couple of overs were again boundary-less.

After 12 overs Bangladesh were struggling at 51 for 2. Fargana had made 17 off 23, but Sharman could only manage 16 from 30 balls. Bismah Maroof was hit for four by Fargana, and Bangladesh would have hoped it was the start of a resurgence. The opposite was true. The 14th over saw Sharmin being caught by Nida Dar off Sana Mir for a slow 34-ball 19. Nigar Sultana was run out for a 2-ball duck in the next over. Rumana Ahmed hit Nida for an outside-edged boundary but was bowled by Anam in the next over for a run-a-ball 7.

The runs were coming, but so were the wickets. Fahima Khatun was run out for 4 off 3 balls in Nida’s next over, and Jahanara Alam managed to find the boundary off the final ball of that over. Fargana, who top-scored with 36 from 37 balls, was then run out in the next over thanks to a super piece of fielding from wicketkeeper Sidra Nawaz. Lata Mondal hit a couple of boundaries in the 19th over that took Bangladesh past 100, but she was stumped by Sidra off Asmavia in the next over for 12 off 7 balls. Jahanara was run out for 11 off 9 balls as well, and Bangladesh ulitmately finished off with 113 for 9 in their 20 overs. It was one of their highest scores in T20Is.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 113 for 9 in 20 overs (Fargana Hoque 36; Anam Amin 2 for 12) lost to Pakistan 114 for 1 in 16.3 overs (Sidra Ameen 53*, Bismah Maroof 43*; Salma Khatun 1 for 15) by 9 wickets.

Player of the Match: Sidra Ameen.

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is an animal lover and comic, film and TV geek. A fast bowler at heart, he enjoys watching a good, low-scoring game of cricket. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)