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Bowlers, Naseem Help Pakistan Take Unassailable 2-Zero sequence Lead

An allround bowling effort and Ayesha Naseem’s unbeaten knock (45 off 31) helped Pakistan take a unassailable 2-Zero lead in opposition to Sri Lanka in three match sequence with a complete seven-wicket win within the second WT20I, right here on Thursday.

Chasing a low goal of 103 runs, Pakistan crossed the victory line with seven wickets in hand and 17 balls to spare.


Earlier within the day, Pakistan bowlers did their job to limit Sri Lanka to 102/6. Hasini Perera top-scored with 35 however did not speed up the scoring, whereas the remainder of the line-up struggled to get going.

Opting to bat, Sri Lanka misplaced their captain Chamari Athapaththu early. Hasini Perera and Oshadi Ranasinghe then failed to attain a boundary within the powerplay and Sri Lanka have been restricted to 21/1 on the finish of six overs.

Ranasinghe tried to up the ante with a reverse sweep however discovered the fielder at third man. Perera smashed two consecutive boundaries within the ninth over as Sri Lanka discovered themselves at 46/2 on the midway stage.

There have been no boundaries within the subsequent six overs, and issues acquired worse when Perera fell for 35 making an attempt the slog sweep. Harshitha Madavi struck two boundaries off Fatima Sana within the 17th over however the bowler had the final chuckle within the penultimate over of the innings, scalping Madavi.

Pakistan picked wickets within the final two overs to limit the guests to 102/6. All the bowlers picked up a wicket every, with Tuba Hassan essentially the most economical, freely giving simply 13 in her 4 overs.

In reply, Pakistan acquired off to a shaky begin themselves and like Sri Lanka, misplaced a wicket within the second over of the innings. A superb catch operating backwards by Nilakshi de Silva introduced an finish to Gull Feroza’s innings. Pakistan went on to complete the Powerplay at 28/1.

They discovered themselves in a spot of trouble within the two overs after the fielding restrictions have been lifted, shedding set batters Muneeba Ali and Iram Javed within the area of 5 balls. Two quiet overs later, Pakistan have been 44/three on the midway stage, nonetheless needing 59 extra runs to win.

Bismah Maroof (22) smashed a boundary to launch the strain and Ayesha Naseem took the cue and had a boundary of her personal two balls later. Naseem discovered the boundary as soon as once more within the subsequent over however Sri Lanka saved it tight within the subsequent few overs to carry the equation right down to 29 off 30.

Naseem, nonetheless, put the sport to mattress with a six and a 4 off Kavisha Dilhari’s over, accumulating 14 runs from it. She completed issues off in fashion with a boundary, remaining unbeaten on 45 off 31 as Pakistan received the sequence with a sport in hand.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 102/6 in 20 overs (Hasini Perera 35, Nilakshi de Silva 21; Tuba Hassan 1-13, Anam Amin 1-16) misplaced to Pakistan 104/three in 17.1 overs (Ayesha Naseem 45 not out, Bismah Maroof 22 not out) by 7 wickets

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