Pakistan women cricket team beats NZ’s Canterbury Magicians

KARACHI: A brilliant bowling performance by Sadia Yousuf, followed by collective batting effort, helped Pakistan women team start off the New Zealand tour with 6 wickets win over Canterbury Magicians.
In the warm-up match played at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, the hosts Canterbury Magicians were bowled out for 192 after Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first. Sadia Yousaf grabbed five wickets for 45 runs. Sana Mir claimed two wickets for 21 runs.
Chasing a target of 193, Pakistan were provided a decent opening start of 50 runs by Nahida Khan and Ayesha Zafar.
Nahida Khan scored 35 off 45, while Ayesha Zafar smashed four boundaries for her 68-ball-39.
Javeria Khan and Bismah Maroof batted responsibly in the middle to keep Pakistan sailing smooth. Javeria was five runs short of her half century but a slight niggle stopped her from continuing the innings and she had to retire at 45.
But Bismah continued to frustrate the bowlers and scored an unbeaten 33 to help Pakistan reach the target in 43.4 overs.
The first of five-match ODI series between the women teams of Pakistan and New Zealand will be played on November 9 in Lincoln.

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