In a groundbreaking achievement, the Pakistan women’s cricket team scripted history in Dunedin on Tuesday, securing their inaugural series triumph against the formidable New Zealand women’s squad, marking an end to the latter’s undefeated streak of 8-0 in T20Is against Pakistan.
The women’s team also made history on Sunday as they registered their maiden win over New Zealand, beating the hosts by seven wickets in the first Twenty20 International.
The turning point unfolded over two consecutive matches, where the Girls in Green displayed remarkable prowess to emerge victorious.
The first encounter witnessed a convincing 7-wicket win, setting the stage for an even more decisive performance in the second game, where Pakistan outshone their opponents by a margin of 10 runs, solidifying their series lead at 2-0.
Facing a formidable New Zealand side, Pakistan managed to restrict the hosts to a total of 127/7 after setting a target of 137/6.
Aalia Riaz played a crucial role, contributing 32 off 22, including one shot over the boundary and three well-timed strokes to the fence.
Muneeba Ali, the opener, also made a significant impact with a score of 35.
In response, New Zealand found themselves struggling at 89/6, courtesy of Pakistan’s disciplined bowling attack.
However, a resilient effort by Georgia Pimmer and Hamma Rowe aimed to revive the hosts’ chances.
Despite their efforts, they fell short by 10 runs as Fatima Sana successfully defended 17 runs in the final over.
Fatima Sana emerged as a key player with an impressive performance, securing three crucial wickets, while Sadia Iqbal added to the triumph by sending two players back to the pavilion.
Scores in brief: PAKISTAN 137-6 in 20 overs (Muneeba Ali 35, Aliya Riaz 32 not out, Nida Dar 14; Fran Jones 2-21)
NEW ZEALAND 127-7 in 20 overs (Georgia Plimmer 28 run out, Hannah Rowe 33; Fatima Sana 3-22)