Historic Triumph for Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team on New Zealand’s Soil

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In a historic moment for Pakistan women’s cricket, the team secured a remarkable ODI victory over New Zealand on the Kiwis’ home turf. This triumph, achieved at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval, marked a significant milestone for the Green Shirts during their tour of New Zealand.

Match Highlights

The victory was sealed in a nail-biting encounter that included a super-over drama. Aliya Riaz’s exceptional performance with the bat and Sadia Iqbal’s crucial bowling ensured Pakistan’s success. The Green Shirts set a 12-run target in the super-over, successfully defending it as Sadia Iqbal restricted New Zealand batters to eight runs.

Pakistan’s Performance

Prior to this victory, Pakistan had already emerged victorious in two T20s and one ODI against the White Ferns. This successful run catapulted them to the second spot in the ICC Women’s Championship, accumulating 16 points from 18 matches. A remarkable ascent, considering they were placed sixth before the game.

Key Moments in the Match

Facing early setbacks in their chase of a 252-run target, Pakistan looked in trouble after losing the wickets of Muneeba Ali and Sidra Ameen. However, the duo of Bismah Maroof and Aliya Riaz’s 101-run partnership resurrected their innings. Despite Riaz falling short of a half-century, Maroof’s stellar 68 runs earned her the Player of the Match title.

Quick knocks from Fatima Sana and Natalia Pervaiz in the latter stages took Pakistan close to the target. Najiha Alvi’s crucial contributions at the last wicket helped the visitors level the game, avoiding a whitewash.

New Zealand’s Batting Display

Batting first, New Zealand displayed dominance with Amelia Kerr and Maddy Green powering them to a competitive 252-run target. Kerr’s 77 off 87 balls and Green’s unbeaten 65 runs off 69 deliveries set the tone for the White Ferns. Despite skipper Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates also contributing, the ODI series concluded 2-1 in favor of New Zealand.

Achievements During the Tour

Despite the ODI series loss, the Pakistan women’s team achieved a historic feat during the tour by becoming the first Asian side to claim a T20I series victory against the White Ferns. The 2-1 series win showcased the team’s prowess and resilience.

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