Pakistan 136 for four (Maroof 60*, Nahida 38, Sugandika 2-18) beat Sri Lanka 113 for 9 (Yasoda 25, Dar 5-21) by 23 runs
Within the eighth over of Sri Lanka’s chase of 137, Pakistan appeared on the right track for his or her second straight lack of the event. However then got here the primary blow from offspinner Nida Dar, who eliminated the openers inside three balls throughout two overs en path to claiming a record T20I haul of 5 for 21 in Pakistan’s 23-run win. The victory, arrange by captain Bismah Maroof’s unbeaten 60, adopted their shock loss to Bangladesh on Monday.
As soon as the openers Yasoda Mendis and Nipuni Hansika departed for 25 and 24 respectively, Sri Lanka’s makes an attempt of rebuilding the innings have been roundly thwarted by Dar, who bagged the best T20I figures by a Pakistan woman. She conceded solely two boundaries in her two spells and ended her rampage with a double-strike within the 18th over.
Sri Lanka slumped to 103 for eight resulting from a double-strike within the 16th over too, when Oshadi Ranasinghe was stumped for 10 off Maroof and Rebeca Vandort was run-out for 10. Of the 34 required off the final two overs, Sri Lanka might handle solely 10.
Earlier, Maroof offset Sri Lanka’s choice to bowl with a 41-ball 60 – her and Pakistan’s third-highest particular person T20I rating. Her second-wicket stand of as many runs negated the early lack of opener Muneeba Ali contained in the Powerplay which noticed solely 24 runs. Maroof subsequently anchored a 40-run partnership with Javeria Khan for the third wicket, earlier than taking the rating to 136 for four.
Sri Lanka’s left-arm spinner Sugandika Kumari, who was the main wicket-taker for the facet throughout their 1-2 loss to Pakistan within the T20I sequence at dwelling, returned 2 for 18.