An all-round performance by Qanita Jalil helped Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 57 runs in a low-scoring match of the ICC Women’s World Cup at Manuka Oval,Canberra on Monday.
Electing to bat first,Pakistan posted 161-7 in 50 overs and later shot out Sri Lanka for 104 in 39.4 overs to win the match and strengthened their claim for a place in the Super Six stage.
Qanita was the star of Pakistan win as she first played a quickfire 19-run innings and then ripped through the Lankan top order,returning with a figure of 8-0-33-3. She was well supported by all-rounder Sana Mir who followed up her unbeaten 22 with 2-18.
Chasing 161 Sri Lanka made a tottering start as they were reduced to 28-3. Lanka skipper Shashikala Siriwardena stood amid the ruins,hitting a fighting 58 off 111 balls with eight fours but once she was removed by a smartly run-out by Javeria Khan,Pakistan took just 22 balls to wrap up Lankan innings.
Earlier,Opener Nain Abidi emerged as the top scorer for Pakistan with a gutsy 26 that came off 51 balls and included a four and a six. Other notable contributors were Sana Mir (22 not out from 37 balls),Sajida Shah (21 off 67 balls) and Urooj (20 off 43 balls).
For Sri Lanka,Suwini de Alwis (2-19),Eshani Lokusooriya (2-28) and Shashikala Siriwardena (2-43) shared wickets.
This was Pakistan’s first-ever victory over Sri Lanka in 19 ODIs and also its maiden win in the World Cup after six straight defeats.
The result has put Pakistan in third place in Group B with one win and one defeat while Sri Lanka is winless from two matches. In the final round of matches in the group stage on March 12,Pakistan will play England at the North Sydney Oval,while Sri Lanka will play India in Bankstown.
Scores in brief:
At Manuka Oval,Canberra: Pakistan 161-7,50 overs (Nain Abidi 26,Sana Mir 22 not out,Sajida Shah 21,Urooj Mumtaz 20; Suwini de Alwis 2-19,Eshani Lokusooriya 2-28,Shashikala Siriwardena 2-43)
Sri Lanka 104 all out,39.4 overs (Shashikala Siriwardena 58; Qanita Jalil 3-33,Sana Mir 2-18).