02 Oct 2022, 17:57

Bowlers script Pakistan's winning start in Asia Cup

     DHAKA, Oct 2, 2022 (BSS)- Pakistan, one of the contenders of the Women's
Asia Cup title, made a flying start, whacking Malaysia Women's team past by
nine wickets in their opening game of the continental tournament at the
Academy Ground of Sylhet International Cricket Stadium today.

     Being sent to bat first, Malaysia were restricted to 57-9 with only
batter Elsa Hunter reaching double digit figure. She indeed was not out on 29
after playing 51 balls and hitting three boundaries.

     Off spinner Omaima Sohail was the wrecker-in-chief, claiming three for
19 runs in three overs. Tuba Hasan played a perfect foil to her with two
wickets for 13 runs. Diana Beg and Sadia Iqbal took one wicket apiece.

     Pakistan however reached the winning target, making 61-1 in just nine
overs without facing any serious trouble by the Malaysia bowlers. Opener
Sidra Amin was the highest scorer for the side with 23 ball-31, clattering
five fours. Another opener Muneeba Ali was not out on 21. Captain Bismah
Maroof was also batting on 8 when Pakistan confirmed the expected victory.

     In the day's other match, Sri Lanka beat United Arab Emirates by 11 runs
through D/L method at the same venue and bounced back to winning way after
their 41-run defeat to mighty India in the first game.

     Sri Lanka posted a moderate 109-9 after electing to bat first. Opener
Harshitha Samarawickrama was the top-scorer with 37 while Nilakshi de Silva
and Anushka Sanjeewani added 19 and 17 runs respectively.

     Mahika Gaur and Vaishnave Mahesh snapped up three wickets apiece for

     However a spell of shower hampered the progress of the match after the
Lankan innings. As the rain stopped, the revised target for UAE was set 66
runs in 11 overs. The UAE women's team was able to put up 54-7 in the
stipulated overs. Opener Theertha Satish scored 19 and was the only one from
her side to get past double digit mark.

     Kavisha Dilhari and Inoka Ranaweera grabbed two wickets apiece for Sri



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