Congratulations for winning the Asian Games gold medal in the Women’s Cricket competition in the ongoing Asian Games.
Sana Mir’s team repeated the scenes of a similar win at Gunaghazou in 2010 by prevailing over Bangladesh. The match was reduced to seven overs a side due to bad weather and the experienced Pakistan team defended the 47-run target.
Their task was, though, undoubtedly made easier by the absence of arch-rivals and the most potent team in Asia, India. The Board of Control for Cricket in India decided not to field even a second string team considering the nature of the competition where only Pakistan and Sri Lanka were recognised as top-ranking international teams.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sent a powerful Pakistan team to the event led by Sana Mir.
Batting first, Pakistan posted a score of 97-6 in 20 overs as Bismah Maroof top-scored with a 27-ball 24. The Bangladeshi innings had to be reduced to seven overs as rain postponed the restart. Bangladesh were given a revised target of 47 in seven overs according to Duckworth/Lewis.
Bangladesh were off to a solid start but slow left-arm bowler Sadia Yousuf took two wickets in the fourth over of the innings to set up a tense finale. With 10 runs required off 12 balls, leg-spinner Mir took two wickets with two googlies in the penultimate over, giving away only three runs, to turn the tide in Pakistan’s favour. Seven were required off the final over, with off-spinner Nida Dar being handed the responsibility. The drama continued through to the last over with three dismissals – a run out and two caught and bowled wickets – as Bangladesh were only able to add two runs, falling four short of the target.