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Khadija Tul Kubra

Khadija Tul Kubra’s six-for sets up big Bangladesh win

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Off-spinner Khadija Tul Kubra returned 6/20 to shoot Pakistan out for 94 before the Bangladesh batters knocked off the runs without fuss in the one-off one-day international.

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The fixture, on the back of Pakistan’s 3-0 win in the four-match Twenty20 International series, was all Bangladesh as Kubra scripted a Pakistan batting collapse in just 34.5 overs at Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Cox's Bazar. Fargana Hoque then scored an 81-ball 48 as Bangladesh went over the line in just 29 overs for the fall of four wickets.

Kubra’s was an outstanding achievement – the first five-wicket haul by a Bangladeshi woman in ODIs, and the best ODI figures by any Bangladeshi bowler, man or woman, ever. Mashrafe Mortaza’s 6/26 against Kenya back in August 2006 was the previous best.

She took charge after Lata Mondal, the right-arm medium pacer, had sent back Muneeba Ali after an opening stand of 38 runs.

Ayesha Zafar was Kubra’s first victim, and then she sent back Nida Dar and Umaima Sohail before accounting for the dangerous Javeria Khan, Pakistan’s captain top-scoring for her team with 29. That made it four for her, and she finished up with the wickets of Sidra Nawaz and Nashra Sandhu.

Fargana Hoque top-scored for Bangladesh with an 81-ball 48
Fargana Hoque top-scored for Bangladesh with an 81-ball 48

Chasing 95 for victory, Bangladesh lost openers Ayasha Rahman and Sharmin Akhter quickly with just six runs on the board, but Hoque and Rumana Ahmed resurrected the chase with an 81-run stand for the third wicket.

Ahmed scored 34 and Hoque 48 before both of them fell on the same team score – 87. But Mondal and Fahima Khatun scored the remaining runs quickly enough.

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