Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team Aims for Continued Success in ODI Series Against New Zealand:

News by Sana Ullah

Queenstown, December 11, 2023: Building on their thrilling T20I series victory, the Pakistan Women’s Cricket team led by Nida Dar is determined to impress in the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand. With three crucial ICC Women’s Championship matches scheduled for December 12, 15, and 18, the team is hungry for further success.

Eyes on the Prize:

Currently ranked fifth in the ICC Women’s Championship with 14 points from 15 matches, Pakistan has a strong chance to improve their position. While New Zealand sits just behind them in the sixth spot, Pakistan is motivated by their sole ODI victory over the White Ferns, achieved in Sharjah back in 2017.

Key Players to Watch:

Fatima Sana: After a successful return from injury, young fast bowler Fatima Sana will be aiming to continue her impressive form. Her six wickets and player of the series award in the T20I series highlight her potential, and her current ranking of fourth in the ICC Women’s Championship for wickets (16 from 10 matches) speaks volumes.

Nida Dar: Captain and all-rounder Nida Dar is just two wickets shy of a major milestone – 100 ODI wickets. Achieving this feat would make her the second Pakistan women’s cricketer to reach this landmark, following legendary captain Sana Mir. Nida’s performance in the Championship has also been commendable, claiming 14 wickets in her matches.

Sadia Iqbal: Left-arm spinner Sadia Iqbal has been a consistent performer, particularly in recent times. Her four-wicket haul against Bangladesh in Mirpur last month proved instrumental in Pakistan’s victory. With an impressive economy rate of six in the T20I series against New Zealand, Sadia’s role will be crucial in the ODIs.

Sidra Amin: Leading the ICC Women’s Championship batting charts with 747 runs in 15 matches (including two centuries and four fifties), Sidra Amin is a force to be reckoned with. Her memorable century against Bangladesh in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 in Hamilton remains a testament to her talent.

Experienced Guidance:

Former Pakistan Test opener Taufeeq Umar, currently the team’s batting coach, brings valuable experience to the table. Having played four Test matches in New Zealand, his insights into the conditions and the opposition will be invaluable.

Looking Ahead:

With their sights set on victory, the Pakistan Women’s Cricket team is ready to face the challenge of the ODI series. The batters are confident, having adapted well to the conditions and gained valuable experience in the T20Is. Captain Nida Dar expressed her team’s determination to carry the momentum forward and achieve their goals in this crucial series.

Match Schedule:

1st ODI: December 12, Queenstown (11am local time) 2nd ODI: December 15, Christchurch (2pm local time) 3rd ODI: December 18, Christchurch (2pm local time)

Stay tuned for updates on the exciting series and the continued journey of the Pakistan Women’s Cricket team!

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