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In a thrilling encounter at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, the Pakistan women’s cricket team secured a historic triumph over New Zealand in a Super Over thriller after the third ODI concluded in a dramatic tie on Monday.

Despite the nail-biting victory, New Zealand clinched the three-match ODI series 2-1, emerging victorious in the first two contests.

This marked the first-ever One Day International (ODI) win for the Pakistan women’s team against the White Ferns on New Zealand soil.

Facing a target of 12 runs in the Super Over, Pakistan set New Zealand, and Sadia Iqbal played a crucial role, successfully defending the total by taking two allocated wickets and conceding only eight runs.

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, New Zealand faced early setbacks, slipping to 43-2 within the initial 15 overs.

Amelia Kerr and captain Sophie Devine then stitched together a 56-run partnership for the third wicket until Ghulam Fatima dismissed Devine, who contributed 29 runs from 32 balls.

Continuing her impressive performance, Kerr partnered with Maddy Green to build a substantial 73-run stand, both completing half-centuries. Kerr, the top scorer for New Zealand, reached 77 runs from 87 balls with five boundaries.

Despite Green’s unbeaten 65 from 69 balls, the team struggled with wickets falling regularly, ultimately reaching a total of 251-8 in their allotted 50 overs.

Pakistan’s Ghulam Fatima and Nashra Sandhu claimed two wickets each, while Umm-e-Hani secured one for the team.

In response, the Pakistan women’s team faced early setbacks, losing two wickets with only 37 runs on the board.

Bismah Maroof and Aliya Riaz then stabilized the innings with a 101-run partnership for the third wicket before Riaz was caught and bowled by Jessica Kerr, scoring 44 off 84 balls.

Despite the efforts, wickets kept falling, and Maroof top-scored with 68 runs from 86 balls. Captain Fatima Sana and Natalia Pervaiz contributed with 36 and 26 runs, respectively.

Najiha Alvi remained unbeaten with 26 runs from 29 balls but fell short by one run in the last over, leading to a tie and the subsequent Super Over.

Lea Tahuhu and Amelia Kerr claimed two wickets each for New Zealand.

Bismah Maroof was named the player of the match, while Amelia Kerr earned the player of the series award.

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