Iqbal’s 3 for 8 helps team to five-run victory over Bangladesh in its final Women's World T20 warm-up
Chasing the meagre total, Bangladesh overcame an early setback of losing Sanjida Islam, captain Salma Khatun and Rumana Ahmed in under five overs. Opener Ayasha Rahman (28), who top-scored, shared the innings' highest partnership of 24 runs with Fargana Hoque for the fourth wicket, and followed it up with a 19-run, fifth-wicket stand with wicketkeeper Nuzhat Tasnia.
Tasnia remained unbeaten on 21 as Bangladesh ran out of overs, eventually falling five runs short of the target. Anam Amin and Iqbal played the important role of making early inroads, dismantling Bangladesh's top order and shared five wickets between them.
That came when captain Sana Mir (18) and Nahida Khan put on 27 runs in five overs for the sixth wicket. But that being the highest of the innings left Pakistan with little chance of scoring a big total.
Tidy bowling display from Fahima Khatun added to Pakistan’s woes, but Nahida managed to add 30 runs before she was dismissed for a 29-ball 30. Pakistan folded an over later.
Pakistan takes on South Africa at Sylhet on Sunday (March 23) in the main leg of the tournament, while Bangladesh squares off against South Africa on Friday (March 21) for its final warm-up.