Pakistan v Bangladesh, Women's World T20, Group B, Delhi March 24, 2016

Ameen, Maroof flatten Bangladesh Women

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Pakistan Women 114 for 1 (Ameen 53*, Maroof 43*) beat Bangladesh Women 113 for 9 (Hoque 36, Amin 2-12) by nine wickets
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Bismah Maroof and Sidra Ameen put on a record-breaking partnership for Pakistan © IDI/Getty Images

Bismah Maroof and Sidra Ameen ensured Pakistan aced their chase against Bangladesh, beating them by nine wickets with over three overs to spare in Delhi. The second-wicket pair added 99 runs in their unbroken partnership, Pakistan's highest in World T20s for any wicket and best for the second wicket in T20Is.

Ameen made 53 off 48 balls while Maroof struck five fours in her 43 after coming to bat at No. 3. They ensured Pakistan remained in contention for the knockouts. On four points from three games, they have a match against England in hand; a win in that game will put them directly in the semis should West Indies lose their final game to India; if both Pakistan and West Indies win, it will be a three-way tie with England on six points and come down to net run rate. Even if Pakistan lose their final group game, they might still go through if West Indies are defeated by a big enough margin on their last group game. As of now, West Indies' NRR is better than Pakistan's.

Bangladesh bowed out of the competition having lost four out of four group matches. They have a lot to improve on overall in their cricket, but this evening in Delhi they managed an early breakthrough in their defence of 113, Salma Khatun removing Nahida Khan in the second over after she struck her for two fours. But Ameen, who started off with a beautiful pull shot off the Bangladesh captain Jahanara Alam, hardly put a foot wrong.

The boundaries did not come often for her and Maroof, but the pair was steady and Ameen broke a dearth of big shots with two consecutive fours in the tenth over that brought the required rate plummeting down to below five. Maroof smashed her five boundaries between the 12th and 15th overs, including three on the trot between long-on and midwicket off Rumana Ahmed.

In the field, Pakistan were at times clumsy but still effected four run-outs - a couple of these were due to wicketkeeper Sidra Nawaz's great collection around the stumps. Bangladesh, though, reached their second highest score batting first in T20s - 113 for 9 in 20 overs. Fargana Hoque top scored with 36 off 37 balls with two fours that came through a smack to midwicket and a heave over long-on.

She shared a 43-run third wicket stand with opener Sharmin Akhter, who made 19 off 34 balls. The pair batted for 9.1 overs, ensuring Bangladesh got past the 50-run mark. But once Sharmin fell in the 14th over, through a soft dismissal when she swept Sana Mir to Nida Dar at short fine leg, Pakistan took control.

Nigar Sultana was run out for a duck while attempting a second run in the following over before Anam Amin had Rumana play on to give her second wicket in the 16th over. Fahima Khatun and Fargana were Bangladesh's second and third run-out victims, before Lata Mondal smacked the slow legspin of Maroof for two consecutive fours in the penultimate over. In the end, that proved to be not near enough to overcome Pakistan.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Geordie_Online on March 25, 2016, 11:19 GMT

    Bismah Maroof is a proper batsman, some lovely crisp hitting.

  • scooby_007 on March 25, 2016, 8:27 GMT

    The ladies in green doing better than the men. Well done, ladies. Take this to the next game and do what the men couldn't. No pressure, though. Ha.

  • Pakistastic on March 24, 2016, 22:06 GMT

    What a thumping win for Pakistan. CONGRATULATIONS to the girls in green. The important thing is they have started to believe in themselves as reflected by the their 2 consecutive wins. Victories are achieved by converting potential into performances & by minimizing errors and these girls have been exactly trying doing that. Well done Sidra Ameen and Bismah Maroof for wonderful knoks. Hope they continue with the same spirits and form in the much important match against mighty England to be able to make it to the semi.

  • Saeed Latif Latif on March 24, 2016, 21:33 GMT

    Great win by green team keep it up girls

  •   Usama Khalid on March 24, 2016, 20:02 GMT

    Wish you best of luck for next game superb captaincy and Team work MASHA ALLAH you make us proud in whole world ;) Go Green Go (Y)

  •   Laeeq Ahmed on March 24, 2016, 19:29 GMT

    Good job girls. Keep it up.

  • maheshkumar.de on March 24, 2016, 19:26 GMT

    Dear Md. Isam, I am sorry to say that you made a mistake at nrr calculation in case of Pakistan's defeat! Pakistan will not reach semis if they lose because their nrr is lower than both India and WI. If pakistan loses, they are out. Then it will be the winner of the match between WI and India who goes through.

  • fouq on March 24, 2016, 19:16 GMT

    @XAIFI... no India Women are not out of the tournament... if they defeat Westindies and england defeats Pakistan, England and india will qualify, as India is having great run rate..

  • PrinceOfSalem on March 24, 2016, 18:48 GMT

    The author does no mention of the Indian Women team chances. The article says that Pakistan will still go through even if they lost and West-Indies is beaten. But that is wrong. If pakistan lose, their net run-rate will get lower, same with West-Indies if they lose to India. And India already with a better run-rate will still improve further and move to 2nd spot. Fair analysis needed.

  • Xaifi on March 24, 2016, 18:38 GMT

    Nobody mentioned that india women also out of the tournament now..

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