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PCB: Taufeeq Umar confident of batters to score runs ahead of ODI series

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Pakistan women on the back of half-centuries from Bismah Maroof, Muneeba Ali and Nida Dar defeated BCB Women’s XI by 56 runs in the one-day match played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Thursday.

Opting to bat first, Pakistan scored 270 for nine in 50 overs. Opening batter Muneeba top-scored for the side with an 81-ball 63, which included six fours and a six. Muneeba stitched a 74-run partnership for the second wicket with Sidra Amin (35, 55b, 2x4s) and 46 runs with Bismah, who retired out after scoring a well-made 51 off 50 balls, hitting six fours. Captain Nida Dar also retired out after completing her half-century, she scored 53 off 51 balls, smashing seven boundaries.

Aliya Riaz, coming to bat at number six, scored a 26-ball 29, which included two sixes and a four.

For Bangladesh Women’s XI, Asrafi Yeasmin Arthy bagged three wickets for 48 from eight overs.

In turn, BCB Women’s XI were bowled out for 214 in 48.1 overs. Captain Lata Mondol and opening batter Murshida Khatun were the notable run-getters for their side, both scoring half-centuries and retiring out. For Pakistan, off-spinner Umm-e-Hani bagged two wickets for 25 runs from six overs.

Pakistan women team’s batting coach Taufeeq Umar, who had played a Test match and scored a century at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka in December 2011, expects the wicket to be a supporting one for the upcoming ODI matches. Talking to PCB Digital, Taufeeq said: “I had a fond memory playing here at this venue where I scored a century. The wickets here are very supportive, there is turn available to spinners as well as runs available to batters. I have talked to our batters and have told them that once a batter gets settled here, there are runs for the batters as the outfield is fast here.

“The upcoming ODI series is very important for us and I am pleased with how the batters have performed in today’s one-day practice game. We had good training sessions here in Dhaka and I am confident the batters will play their role in our team’s success in the ODI series.

“Bangladesh are a very competitive side in their own backyard as they have shown us in the T20I series, but I have full confidence in our batters that the way they have performed in the third T20I, they will continue the same momentum in the ODI series as well.”

Pakistan and Bangladesh women teams will feature in ODI series commencing from 4 November.

Scores in brief:

Pakistan women beat BCB Women’s XI by 56 runs

Pakistan women 270-9, 50 overs (Muneeba Ali 63, Nida Dar 53 (retd out), Bismah Maroof 51 (retd out), Sidra Amin 35, Aliya Riaz 29; Asrafi Yeasmin Arthy 3-48)

BCB Women’s XI 214 all out, 48.1 overs (Lata Mondol 54 (retd out), Murshida Khatun 50 (retd out), Fargana Hoque 40; Umm-e-Hani 2-25)

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