Sri Lanka Women side battles hard before going down by five wickets in first ODI
Nida Dar’s late surge complemented Marina Iqbal’s solid effort at the top of the order as Pakistan Women notched a hard-fought five-wicket win with just 1.2 overs to spare over Sri Lanka Women in the first One-Day International of a three-match series at Sharjah on Friday (January 9).
Dar made 37 not out off 36 balls, while Marina held the innings together with a 123-ball 69 at the top of the order before being the fifth, and final wicket to fall.The win came as a much-needed boost for Pakistan which is currently just above the bottom-placed New Zealand Women side on the ICC Women’s Championship points table.
At the Sharjah Cricket stadium, Sri Lanka scored a competitive 178 for 8 from 50 overs with Chamari Atapattu (49) and Dilani Manodara (43) coming good with the bat. Sana Mir, the Pakistan captain, and Sadia Yousuf picked up two wickets apiece for Pakistan.
In reply, Pakistan got off to a solid start with Marina and Javeria Khan putting on 68 runs for the opening wicket before a mini-collapse. From 68 for 1, Pakistan slid to 108 for 4 before Dar and Marina added 42 runs for the fifth wicket to steady the ship.
Following Marina’s dismissal at 150 for 5 in 44.2 overs, Dar and Asmavia Iqbal carried Pakistan to 180 with eight balls remaining, to go 1-0 up.
Inoka Ranaweera was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka. The left-arm spinner bagged three wickets and conceded a mere 28 runs from her 10-over spell but she was unable to stop Pakistan from cruising through in the end.
Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka was off to a good start with Atapattu and Lasanthi Madushani (14) putting on 41 runs for the opening wicket. Sri Lanka lost three quick wickets but Manodara and Atapattu got together, but their steadying hand was cut short when Mir trapped Atapattu in front.
Sri Lanka couldn’t string together substantial partnerships after that until the last-wicket pair of Sripali Weerakkody (28 not out off 30) and Maduri Samuddika (15 not out off 21) added an unbroken 34 runs off 39 balls to push the total into healthier territory.
Pakistan’s bowlers were clinical, with Yousuf’s 2 for 28 in 10 overs the best figures, while Dar took 1 for 28 in eight economical overs for a fine all-round show. With Marina helming the chase subsequently, Pakistan ensured it finished on the winning side.