Pak-W vs Nz-W: Pakistan’s Loss Despite Sidra Amin’s Century in First ODI

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Pak-W vs Nz-W: Pakistan's Loss Despite Sidra Amin's Century in First ODI
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In the first ODI clash between Pak-W vs Nz-W, New Zealand’s women secured a solid victory by 131 runs against Pakistan’s women at Queenstown’s John Davies Oval on Tuesday.

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Despite Sidra Amin’s impressive fourth ODI century, Pakistan fell short in their chase of a massive 366-run target.

The remaining two ODIs of the series are set to take place at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval on December 15th and 18th. These ODIs are crucial as they contribute to the ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25.

Pakistan started strong with Muneeba Ali and Sidra’s 110-run partnership.

This opening stand surpassed the previous record set against White Ferns in 2016. Muneeba departed after a quick 44 off 48 balls, but Pakistan seemed well-positioned. However, subsequent dismissals of Sadaf Shamas and Bismah Maroof halted their progress with 158 runs on the board.

Sidra scored a remarkable century in the championship, hitting 105 off 117 balls with 12 boundaries. Despite her efforts, Pakistan was bundled out for 234 on the penultimate ball of the match.

Kerr took 3 wickets for 44 runs, and Tahuhu 2 wickets for 45 runs in 7 overs.

The game had earlier witnessed New Zealand posting a commanding total of 365 for four in 50 overs after being put into bat.

The opening pair of Suzie Bates and Bernadine Bezuidenhout laid a strong foundation with a 165-run partnership. Following their departure, Kerr and Bates further solidified New Zealand’s innings. Bates, registering her 13th century, led the charge with support from captain Sophie Devine and Kerr.

Despite efforts from the Pakistani bowlers, including contributions from Fatima, Nashra Sandhu, and Umm-e-Hani, New Zealand’s strong batting lineup dominated, securing a convincing victory.

The series moves to Christchurch for the remaining ODIs, promising more intense cricketing action in the ongoing ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25.

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