Pakistan 133 for 9 (Javeria 52, Maroof 42, Kumari Three-23) beat Sri Lanka 129 for six (Sanjeewani 61, Nilakshi de Silva 35*, Baig 2-18, Mir 2-25) by one wicket
Pakistan girls maintained their all-win record on tour in Sri Lanka – they swept the ODIs Three-Zero – however endured a good few nerves en route a chase they appeared set to kill very simply in Colombo. Cruising at 89 for Three in 12 overs chasing 130, they misplaced six for 38 to arrange an exciting end. In the long run, No. 11 Ghulam Fatima, on T20I debut, hit the penultimate ball for a boundary to assist Pakistan record their highest chase within the format.
Sugandika Kumari, the left-arm spinner, orchestrated the collapse to choose three wickets, together with that of Javeria Khan, however not earlier than she smashed the quickest T20I fifty for a Pakistani girl. By then, Pakistan have been inside touching distance despite the fact that they stored dropping wickets.
Bismah Maroof, the captain and No. Three, helped consolidate early within the innings with a brisk 31-ball 42 that set the tone of the chase. With these two innings knocking off almost three quarter of the goal, the others wanted to simply chip in, which they barely managed ultimately.
That Sri Lanka have been capable of make a match of this was courtesy Anushka Sanjeewani’s maiden T20 half-century. Taking part in in simply her eighth T20I, she struck eight fours in her 58-ball 61 on the prime of the order, whilst Sri Lanka endured a top-order collapse that lowered them to 38 for five within the ninth over. Sana Mir, the offspinner, and Diana Baig, the medium pacer, picked up 4 of these wickets between them to keep up a stranglehold over proceedings.
Sanjeewani discovered assist from Nilakshi de Silva, the No. 7 batsman, whose unbeaten 34-ball 35 through the course of a 84-run stand off simply 11.5 overs helped Sri Lanka stage a exceptional restoration. Sanjeewani appeared set to hold her bat by, however was run out off the penultimate supply of the innings.