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Sultana takes the lead as Bangladesh wins the Super-Over to even the score

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Bangladesh tied Pakistan 169 (Shamas 29, Dar 27, Rabeya 3-29) with 169 for 9 (Sultana 54, Fargana 40, Sandhu 2-27, Sadia 2-32). – The one-over eliminator was won by Bangladesh.

Bangladesh survived their three-match ODI series against Pakistan thanks to a tight Super-Over victory at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. With the bat, Bangladesh’s captain Nigar Sultana was the match-winner, recording the lone half-century of the innings before striking the winning boundary in the Super Over.

Bangladesh needed two off the final delivery to win the one-over eliminator, needing to chase eight runs. Sultana was on strike for the first time after Nashra Sandhu’s bowling had stumped Sobhana Mostary. With the third and final ODI scheduled on Friday, Sultana ventured out and lofted Sandhu over mid-off for four, tying the series score at one.

Bangladesh, having elected to bat first, were comfortably ahead at 92 for 2 in the thirty-second over after Fargana Hoque and Sultana had put up 49 for the third wicket. However, Hoque’s run-out dismissal caused Bangladesh to collapse, losing seven wickets in the final 18.1 overs of their innings while managing just 77 runs. Sultana made 54 off 104 balls when he was ninth out in the last over. With two wickets apiece, left-arm spinners Sandhu and Sadia Iqbal were Pakistan’s most effective bowlers.

With 41 put on by Sadaf Shamas and Sidra Ameen, Pakistan’s pursuit got off to a great start, but both openers fell in the 20s. It was a precursor of things to come: although Bangladesh chipped away at the wickets, spearheaded by legspinner Rabeya Khan with 3 for 29, five Pakistani batters reached the 20s but none reached 30.

In a close encounter, Pakistan was bowled out in 49.5 overs and lost both of their Super-Over wickets with one ball remaining, while Bangladesh batted through their 50 overs and all six balls of their Super Over. After Sandhu was run out in the final over of regular play, bowled by Fahima Khatun, while attempting to take the winning single, the match proceeded into a tiebreaker.

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