Pakistan women’s cricket squad has an invincible lead against Sri Lanka in T20.

 

Pakistan women's cricket squad has an invincible lead against Sri Lanka in T20.
Pakistan women’s cricket squad has an invincible lead against Sri Lanka in T20.
  • Pakistani women’s cricket squad Ayesha Naseem is playing an unbeaten inning to help Pakistan win the series against the visitors.

  • Captain Bismillah Maroof scored an unbeaten 22 off 29 balls with the help of a four.

  • Newcomer opener Gul Feroze saw another bad day.


KARACHI: Ayesha Naseem played a heartwarming unbeaten inning as Pakistan Women beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets to take an unbeaten 2-0 lead in the three-match T20 series at Southend Club Ground here on Thursday.

Born in Abbottabad, Ayesha played her ninth game and played an unbeaten inning of 45 off 31 balls when Pakistan reached the target of 103 for the loss of only three wickets. Ayesha, who hit five fours and a six, hit a brilliant four off-spinner Oshadi Rana Singh to help Pakistan reach the target with 17 balls to spare.

Ayesha, who made her T20I debut against West Indies on 12 July 2021, added 70 off 58 balls for the fourth wicket with skipper Bismillah Maroof, who hit an unbeaten 22 off 29 balls with the help of a four. Make

Ayesha’s start was slow, but when she recovered she managed a few brilliant strokes that took the game away from the spectators.

“I just waited for the balls that were my strength,” Ayesha said after her stunning performance.

Chasing a low total, Pakistan’s top order did not make a good start and at one stage was reduced to 34-3 in the eighth over.

It was another bad day for newcomer Gul Feroze. After failing to open his account in his first game on Tuesday, the right-hander fell cheap again when he was caught by Nilakshi de Silva off Achini Kalsoria (1-11) for just three. Gone.

Left-arm spinner Anuka Ranaveera (1-23) then dismissed wicketkeeper-batsman Muneeb Ali for 17 off 23 balls with the help of two fours. Oshadi Rana Singh (1-16) then forced Iram Javed (11) 34-3 to give the hosts 12 overs to spare.

After choosing to bat first for the second time in a row, Sri Lanka’s start was slow and they were only 28-2 in seven overs. Lack of intention to score fast runs and some brilliant bowling of Pakistani bowlers completely drowned them as they were limited to another low collection of 102-6. Opener Hussaini Perera was impressive, he scored 35 off 51 balls with the help of a four, before the league Toba Hassan once again bowled very well and finished 1-13 in four overs.

Nelkshi de Silva (21) and Harshita Madavi (16) were the only others to enter the double figures.

Fatima Sana, Ayman Anwar, Anam Amin, Nada Dar, and Toba took one wicket each. Ayesha Naseem was declared the best player of the match.

“We should have scored 130,” said Sri Lanka captain Chamari Uthapatho. “It’s a game of boundaries and taking singles and toes is not enough,” he added.

Pakistan captain Bismillah Maroof is happy with his team’s performance. “It’s good that we won the series. We are supporting the youngsters. Toba did well in the last match and Ayesha did well today. We will sit down and decide,” he said. Whether we should use the bench in the third game or not. ”

The third and final show of the series (tomorrow) will be held at the same venue on Saturday.

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