Women's World Cup: Bangladesh make history with 9-run win over Pakistan

Debutants Bangladesh eked out a nine-run victory against favourites Pakistan to make history at the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup, with Fargana Hoque and Fahima Khatun playing crucial roles to negate a fine century from top-order batter Sidra Ameen at the Seddon Park here on Monday.

Bangladesh's Hoque scored a clinical 115-ball 71 batting first to guide her team to a competitive 234/7 in 50 overs. Khatun then took three crucial wickets to thwart Pakistan's chase as the Bismah Maroof-led side suffered a fourth loss in as many outings despite a fighting 104 from opener Sidra Ameen.

It was a performance full of class as the fast-improving Bangladesh side successfully defended their score with a brilliant display of spin bowling. At one stage it looked like Bangladesh's winning ho