Pakistan open account in ICC Women's Championship with five wicket win

Sana Mir picked four wickets in the game
Sana Mir picked four wickets in the game
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Pakistan Women 156-5 (Maroof 36no) beat
New Zealand Women 155 (Curtis 50) by five wickets
Third One-Day International in Sharjah

After a four-wicket haul from Sana Mir reduced New Zealand Women to 155, a collective batting effort from Pakistan Women saw them chase down the target in 48.5 overs with five wickets in hand in the third One-Day International in Sharjah.

The win has given Pakistan two points in the ICC Women's Championship but it was New Zealand who went on to claim the series 2-1.

New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first. Sophie Devine (2) was run out in the second over while Suzie Bates (4) and Amy Satterthwaite (5) also fell cheap.

Katey Martin (15) and Maddy Green (26) tried to resurrect the innings before a half-century from Sam Curtis (50) but Mir (4-25) cleaned the lower order to wrap up the innings for 155 runs in 43.4 overs. Sadia Yousuf (2-23) also picked two wickets.

Nahida Khan (23), Sidra Ameen (32), Javeria Khan (29) and Maroof (36 not out) all made solid starts which set the game for Pakistan as they completed the chase in 48.5 overs with five wickets in hand.

The series was claimed by New Zealand 2-1 and the teams will now head for three Twenty20 Internationals face-off.

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