Mir pitches in with all-round effort as team overhauls Sri Lanka’s 242 for 5, Atapattu’s 99 in losing cause
Javeria Khan’s maiden unbeaten century steered Pakistan Women to a seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka Women in the third and final One-Day International in Sharjah on Tuesday (January 13).
It was Pakistan’s third successive win against Sri Lanka as it completed a 3-0 clean sweep in the ODI series. The result also took Pakistan to the fourth position on the ICC Women's Championship table, with six points from as many games. Sri Lanka is placed sixth, with three points in six matches.
Chasing 243 for victory, Pakistan was well on course with Sana Mir and Javeria joining in an unbroken 127-run fourth-wicket stand. Javeria faced 141 deliveries en route to her career-high 133, which was studded with 12 fours, while Mir remained unbeaten on 51 from 68 deliveries. The duo took Pakistan across the line with 16 balls to spare.
Although Pakistan lost Marina Iqbal (22), the opener, in the tenth over, Javeria and Bismah Maroof (26) anchored the innings with a 65-run stand. Shashikala Siriwardene’s double strike dented the chase somewhat, but Javeria and Mir ensured there were no further hiccups.
Sri Lanka, opting to bat after winning the toss, got off to a flier with Chamari Atapattu leading the way. Atappatu and Prasadani Weerakkody combined for an opening partnership of 97, before Prasadani was run out for 32. A half-century stand between Atappatu and Eshani Kaushalya (24) kept the scoreboard ticking over. In trying to up the ante, Kaushalya lofted a Mir delivery but was caught by Kainat Imtiaz at the long-on boundary.
However, Atapattu held the innings together, scoring 99 off 109, but fell agonisingly short of a well-deserved third ODI century. With no one else contributing big, it took some late hitting from Sripali Weerakkody (26 off 32 balls) and Siriwardene (39 not out off 28 balls) to take Sri Lanka to its competitive total of 242 for 5. Asmavia Iqbal and Mir were Pakistan's successful bowlers, picking up two wickets each.