Javeria, bowlers power Pakistan to 3-0 sweep over Bangaldesh

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A second successive half-century by Javeria Khan helped Pakistan ease to a 28-run win in the third and final Women’s Twenty20 International against Bangladesh at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday, October 30.

Pakistan lost opener Ayesha Zafar and skipper Bismah Maroof within six overs. Javeria (54), however, found an able ally in Omaima Sohail and their 67-run stand for the third wicket helped revive the innings.

The stand was broken when Sohail was caught short of her crease for 31, and the Bangladesh bowlers then chipped away at the lower order to restrict Pakistan’s run-flow in the final overs.

Pakistan posted 117/7, with Bangladesh’s Jahanara Alam the pick of their bowlers with returns of 3/12.

It was then the turn of Pakistan’s bowlers to come good. The new-ball pair of Diana Baig and Anam Amin reduced Bangladesh to a precarious 2/3 in the third over. Having gained a foothold in the innings, the bowlers continued their disciplined display, ensuring no easy runs were given. The pressure led to wickets, with Rumana Ahmed running herself out and the visitors were reduced 12/4 within seven overs.

Niger Sultana (30) and Fargana Hoque (27) showed some resistance, but with both of them falling in the space of three balls in the 17th over, Pakistan could hold them to seal the sweep, with Anam Amin and Saba Nazir grabbing two wickets apiece for Pakistan.

The two teams will now contest a two-match ODI series at the same venue, starting with the first on Saturday, 2 November.