Pakistan and England face World Cup exit as Bangladesh make history – Sports


MOUNT MAUNGANUI: Reigning champions England were on the brink of elimination from the Women’s Cricket World Cup on Monday as Pakistan’s campaign imploded after Bangladesh made history with their first-ever win during the one-day showcase.

England suffered their third consecutive defeat of the tournament in New Zealand when South Africa held on for a biting three-wicket win at Mount Maunganui.

England captain Heather Knight said she was “drained” after another harrowing defeat, admitting the odds were firmly against the 2017 playoff champions.

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“It’s not for lack of effort, I guess we sometimes shot ourselves in the foot on the pitch,” she said.

“We’re going to have to turn things around and keep believing there’s a slim chance we can get through.”

South Africa have established themselves as the dark horse of the tournament with three successive victories and are second only to Australia in the standings.

Tammy Beaumont and Amy Jones scored half-centuries for England, but South African all-rounder Marizanne Kapp took five for 45 to limit them at 235-9.

Laura Wolvaardt’s 77 set up South Africa to chase the target with four thrilling balls to spare.

Pakistan remain bottom of the standings with four defeats and almost certainly eliminated after a dramatic late collapse against tournament newcomers Bangladesh in Hamilton.

Pakistan appeared to be sailing to victory, powered by a first century for Sidra Ameen, but fell to a nine-run loss after dropping six wickets for 26 runs.

“It’s very difficult to digest, we were in the game but a few bad shots from the middle order cost us the game,” captain Bismah Maroof said.

“It’s history”

Bangladeshi skipper Nigar Sultana has praised her team’s unyielding approach.

“I can’t describe it in words because it’s our first ever victory in a World Cup and that’s the story we wrote today here,” she said.

“We look forward to building on this momentum throughout the tournament.”

Pakistan won the toss and opted to go bowling, but the strategy backfired after Fargana Hoque inspired Bangladesh to 234-7, their highest international single-day tally.

Hoque made 71, forging a 96-point partnership with Sultana, who finished on 46, while Sharmin Akhter contributed a well-hit 44.

Nashra Sandhu was the Pakistani bowlers’ choice with 3-41, including two wickets in successive balls, one of which fired the dangerous Hoque.

Pakistani fly-half Ameen and Nahida Khan eagerly chased the 235-point target, producing a 91-point partnership that ended when Khan was knocked down by Rumana Ahmed.

Ameen went on and seemingly had Pakistan on the verge of victory at 183-2 in the 42nd, needing 52 runs from 48 balls with eight wickets in hand.

But disaster struck when the batters threw up their wickets, with three starts for the first-ball ducks as spinner Fahima Khatun produced a mesmerizing spell on her tournament debut to claim 3-38.

Any glimmer of hope for a win in Pakistan ended when Ameen was run down for 104 points in the 48th.

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