An eight-wicket victory in the first ODI against Sri Lanka has helped Pakistan begin their ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25 campaign on a high.
Sri Lanka looked all at sea from the very start as they struggled to put up runs on the board.
A horrible mix-up in the fourth over resulted in the wicket of Hasini Perera, and though captain Chamari Athapaththu managed to play some fine shots, she too perished before the end of the 15th over.
A third wicket followed soon after as the visitors slipped to 46/3.
Nilakshi de Silva and Prasadani Weerakkody then took on the task of rebuilding and made slow progress, but their efforts ensured the Lankans did not lose further wickets. Steadily they rebuilt the innings, pushing the score towards 100.
However, soon after their half-century stand in the 30th over, Pakistan struck back.
Kavisha Dilhari put on a resilient 49*. With Pakistan keeping things tight at the other end, Sri Lanka were bowled out for a sub-par 169 in the 48th over.
Ghulam Fatima picked up four wickets, while Fatima Sana and Sadia Iqbal claimed two each.
Pakistan were cautious at the beginning of their chase of 170. Achini Kulasuriya provided the first breakthrough for Sri Lanka, dismissing opener Muneeba Ali for 14 in the eighth over.
Unfortunately for the visitors, that was the only wicket they managed to grab.
Bismah arrived at the crease and, along with Sidra Ameen, got the hosts going and chipped away at the low total.
The pair was rarely troubled as Sri Lanka failed to create any chances.
The batters brought up their respective half-centuries. With two runs needed to win, Sidra chopped one onto the stumps to fall for 76.
But her massive 143-run stand with Bismah (62*) ensured that Pakistan secured a comfortable eight-wicket win in the 42nd over.