On Sunday, Pakistan was to meet New Zealand in the third ODI of a three-match one day series. Pakistan lost the first match. Although they were very close to winning it and making history but losing a match is a part of this game. They played very poorly in the second ODI and New Zealand won it again.
Now it was time for the last ODI. It didn’t matter who wins it because New Zealand had already clinched the series 2-0. But there was still something left, a record that could have been broken in the first ODI but wasn’t. A record of winning an ODI against the White Ferns.
Pakistan was forced to ball first as Suzie Bates, New Zealand’s Skipper won the toss and elected to bat first.
New Zealand brought up its fifty very poorly in the 17th over with loss of 4 important wickets. Sam Curtis fighting half-hundred stabilized the New Zealand innings. The Pakistani bowlers didn’t stop. They kept striking at regular intervals, never allowing the White Ferns to score runs.
The off-spinner and Pakistan’s former captain, Sana Mir was the star of the innings, picking up 4 wickets as New Zealand was all-out for a total of 155 runs, setting a target of just 156.
As you know, Pakistan batting line up fails even chasing a small target. But this time the girls looked determined in winning it for their country at any cost.
Pakistan’s opening pair, Nahida Khan and Sidra Ameen put up a partnership of 40 runs that laid the down the base in the win. Pakistan’s newly appointed Skipper, Bismah Maroof led from the front after the departure of her openers, 36 of 69 deliveries did it comfortably for Pakistan. Former Skipper, Sana Mir stroked the winning runs to put the icing on the cake of her match winning bowling performance which became the basis of this win.
Sana Mir was awarded with Man Of The Match for her 4-wicket haul in this historic win. Pakistan’s Skipper Bismah Maroof was very delighted over the win.
“Cannot thank Allah enough for this victory we have achieved. Proud of team Pakistan. We will keep marching ahead,“ Maroof tweeted after the five-wicket historic win against White Ferns.
Can not thank Allah enough for this victory we have achieved. Proud of team Pakistan. We will keep marching ahead IA. Pakistan Zindabad.🇵🇰
— Bismah Maroof (@maroof_bismah) November 5, 2017
It took 20 years and 13 ODIs for the girls to win it. It is no doubt a very proud moment for the whole nation. Something they cannot forget in their lifetimes.
“Tum surkhroo ho gai, tum jo karo hosla, jeeto gai tum sada hai yeh apni dua.”
“It was a proud moment for all Pakistanis. The girls did it for them after 20 years and 13 ODIs. We are very proud of you girls.” said Bismah Maroof.
— Sana Mir (@mir_sana05) November 5, 2017