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Maroof stars in 14-run win for Pakistan Women

Set a target of 123, batting collapse costs Sri Lanka Women seventh place in Women’s World T20

Maroof stars in 14-run win for Pakistan Women  - Cricket News
Bismah Maroof smashed 62 off 53 balls.

A half-century from Bismah Maroof helped Pakistan Women go past Sri Lanka Women in the seventh place play-off of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2014 on Thursday (April 3).

Having misfired while chasing a target four times in the last five attempts, Pakistan chose to bat at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium and posted 122 for 5 in its 20 overs. A batting collapse cost Sri Lanka as it eventually fell short by 14 runs.

Chamari Polgampola (1), Chamari Atapattu (1), captain Shashikala Siriwardene (4) and Yashoda Mendis, who played a steady innings of 24, were dismissed in quick succession as Sri Lanka found itself in a spot of bother at 37 for 5 in 8.5 overs. 

The bowlers didn’t let up, and with no significant partnerships flourishing, Sri Lanka could manage just 108 for 8 in its 20 overs. 

Pacer Sania Khan was rewarded for her economical bowling as she picked up 3 wickets for 24 runs. She found good support from Anam Amin (2 for 21) and (Quanita Jalil 1 for 11).   

Earlier, Pakistan’s opening woes continued as both Javeria Khan (12) and Marina Iqbal (4) were back in the hut with just 17 runs on the board. Nida Dar, fresh from a promising innings against India, couldn’t replicate her performance as she was caught by Eshani Kaushalya off the bowling of Siriwardene for just 3.

With three wickets down for 26 in 7.3 overs, Maroof, in at four, continued her good form with the bat and stroked a 53-ball 62, and in the process stitched a 75-run stand with Sana Mir (20). 

Asmavia Iqbal, before being run out from a direct from Kaushalya, smashed 16 off 5 balls punishing Polgampola with two sixes in the last over, giving the bowlers a competitive score to defend. 

Nilakshi de Silva picked up two wickets for 14 runs.

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