Tuba Hassan gets best figures for a Pakistan debutant and helps down Sri Lanka with ease
Pakistani women 107 for 4 (Dar 36*, Maof 28, Ranasinghe 2-20) beat Sri Lankan women 106 for 8 (Tuba 3-8, Amin 3-21, Anwer 2-32) with six wickets
If the fans – and there was a sizable contingent – thought Pakistan would light the target, the Sri Lankan bowlers dismissed that idea pretty quickly. Pakistan kept things tight and was forced to retreat to their shell early on, with Sugandika Kumari Gull removing Feroza in the first crossing. Muneeba Ali and Iram Javed, who both fell for 18, spent much of the power play regrouping and trying to take the sting out of the early attack, meaning the scoring of points was somewhat staid.
But Iram Javed, who had a tendency to jump through the crease without making it all the way on the field, paid the price by trying that one too many times, only to find herself stuck. Kavisha Dilhari struck to remove Muneeba as she tried to lap her fine leg, and by mid-stage Pakistan was behind Sri Lanka in the game.
It was Dar who took over the game decisively for Pakistan. With Maof a reliable anchor at the other end, Dar was proactive in her quest for runs, with regular ones and twos mixed in with the occasional border. Before you noticed, both the asking price and the required runs dropped, and Pakistan was suddenly heading for an uncomplicated victory. By the time Maof reached the halfway mark, Pakistan only needed 11 more runs. In the 19th over, Dar needed just two balls to get there with panache, crushing only six of the first innings, before an easy single finished the job.