Women’s World Cup: Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof ‘disappointed’ after loss against New Zealand
New Zealand beat Pakistan at Hagley Oval on Saturday thanks to a magnificent century from opener Suzie Bates and a maiden five-wicket haul from Hannah Rowe.
“I think we let them score too many. We could have restricted them under 240, then we could have chased it down. If Nida and I had stayed till the end, we might still have chased this down. We could have won a few matches, it hurts and it’s disappointing, but it’s a lesson that we’ll take forward and learn, said Bismah Maroof in a post-match presentation.
New Zealand was able to collect up wickets at crucial stages, quickly deflating any hopes of a victory. Pakistan lost the match after scoring 194 runs in 50 overs for the cost of nine wickets.
“The high point was the win over West Indies, we have the quality in us and the belief. We could have achieved more than what we did, but we’ll take home the positives,” said Maroof.
After winning the toss, Pakistan chose to bowl first in the encounter. In 50 overs, New Zealand batted first and achieved 265 runs for the cost of 8 wickets.
Suzy batted brilliantly, scoring 126 runs off 135 balls with 14 boundaries. Katie Martin, the wicketkeeper, was the highest run-scorer after Suzy, with 30 runs. Nida Dar was Pakistan’s most successful bowler, with three wickets.