After winning their first-ever T20I match against New Zealand women, the Pakistan women's side created more history on Tuesday. The Nida Dar-led Pakistan team registered its first-ever series win over Sophie Devine's New Zealand as it defeated the white ferns in the second T20I on Tuesday. The Women in Green have also registered their first away series win in T20Is since 2018.
Nida Dar's Pakistan achieved the series win when they defeated New Zealand in the second T20I by 10 runs at University Oval, Dunedin. The visitors scored 137 runs while batting first with Aliya Riaz powering them. In the defence, Fatima Sana starred with the ball as she picked up three wickets to derail New Zealand's chances of a win. For her cameo down the order, Aliya Riaz has won the Player of the Match. The Pakistan team has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead and still have one game to go.
This was Pakistan's first series win over New Zealand. Before this series, they had never beaten the white-ferns in the T20 format. The Women in Green have beaten New Zealand only in one ODI match which came in 2017. Also, this is Pakistan's first T20I series win away from home since 2018 when they defeated Bangladesh. Since then, they have contested in eight T20I bilateral series away from home and have come out victorious on the eighth attempt.
In the first match, the Women in Green defeated the white ferns by 7 wickets as they chased down 128 at the same venue where they played the second T20I. The third T20I of the series will be played on December 9 at John Davies Oval, Queenstown.
Pakistan Women's Playing XI:
Muneeba Ali, Shawaal Zulfiqar, Nida Dar (c), Bismah Maroof, Aliya Riaz, Omaima Sohail, Fatima Sana, Diana Baig, Najiha Alvi (wk), Nashra Sandhu, Sadia Iqbal
New Zealand Women's Playing XI:
Bernadine Bezuidenhout (wk), Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr, Sophie Devine (c), Maddy Green, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu, Molly Penfold, Eden Carson, Fran Jonas