Sri Lanka beats Pakistan to enter Women’s Asia Cup final

Sri Lanka beats Pakistan to enter Women’s Asia Cup final

Achini Kulasuriya defended nine runs in the last over to help Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by a run in the last over thriller to qualify for the Women’s Asia Cup final.

Kulasuriya was handed the ball in last over when Pakistan needed nine runs with in-form Nida Dar and Aliya Riaz at the crease. Kulasuriya conceded just seven runs to lead Sri Lanka to victory.

Set to chase 123 runs, Pakistan’s openers provided a quick start by scoring 31 runs in three overs. Muneeba scored 18 runs off 10 balls in 31-runs opening partnership.

Bismah Maroof rescued Pakistan after a couple of wickets fell quickly. She scored 42 off 41 balls laced with four boundaries.

Nida Dar stayed till the last but her run-a-ball 26 didn’t help Pakistan complete the run-chase.

Inoka Ranaweera bagged two wickets while Sugandika Kumari and Kavisha Dilhari bagged a wicket each.

Earlier, Harshitha Samarawickrama scored 35 off 41 to help Sri Lanka post 122-6 in 20 overs. Pakistan bowlers had a great time led by Nashra Sandhu who bagged three wickets.

Aiman Anwer, Nida, and Sadia Iqbal shared a wicket apiece.

Sri Lanka will now meet India in Women’s Asia Cup final on October 15.  (Geo Super)

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