Heartbreak for Pakistan Women as semi-final defeat to Sri Lanka ends Asia Cup campaign – Sport

Sri Lanka qualified for the 2022 Asian Women’s Cup final on Thursday after beating Pakistan by one run in a thrilling semi-final at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh on Thursday.

Requiring nine runs in the last over, and with three runs required to win the final ball, Nida Dar was left without a run while attempting to take a double as Pakistan managed to score 121 from six in the 20-over match, a statement released. by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), he said.

With 123 required to win, the starting pairing of Muneeba Ali and Sidra Amin provided a solid 31-run start in the innings. Left-hander Muneeba went 18-for-10, hitting three fours, before going out on the first ball of the fourth over.

After Muneeba’s departure, Sidra was joined by captain Bismah Maroof and the pair added a 16-run partnership for the second wicket.

Sidra (nine of 20, 1×4) returned to the shack during a reverse move by Inoka Ranaweera on the last ball of lap seven with 47 runs on the board.

In the batting power play, Pakistan went 46 for one and hit six fours. However, the team found themselves in a bind after losing Omaima Sohail (10, 14b) in the 11th.

In the crucial moment of the match, Bismah and Nida managed to take Pakistan to 107, and Bismah was sent off 42 of 41, punctuated by four fours. The pair sewed 42 runs for the fourth wicket.

Bismah’s wicket gave a ray of hope to Sri Lanka and they restricted Pakistan to 121. Nida scored a run-a-ball 26 and hit a four.

For Sri Lanka, Inoka Ranweera bagged two wickets for 17 runs.

Earlier, after opting to bat first, Sri Lanka managed to score 122 from six in their 20 overs, thanks to a 50-run partnership between Harshitha Samarawickrama (35, 41b, 1v4) and Nilakshi de Silva (14, 27b).

Leadoff batter Anushka Sanjeewani was another remarkable run chaser with 26 of 21 balls, which included a four and a six.

Nashra Sandhu was the most successful bowler on the winning team with match figures of 4-0-17-3. Spinners Sadia Iqbal and Nida and fast right-arm Aiman ​​Anwer picked up a wicket each.

Sri Lanka will now face India in the final of the Women’s Asia Cup on October 15.

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