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Sri Lankan eves beat Pak by one run in Women`s T20 WC

Basseterre (St Kitts): Sri Lanka started their Women`s World Twenty20 campaign in style, edging past sub-continent rivals Pakistan by one run in the opening Group B match of the tournament here today.

Defending a modest 108, Sri Lankan eves produced a disciplined bowling and fielding display to bowl out Pakistan for 107 in the last ball of the innings to register the narrow victory.

Eshani Kaushalya (2/30) was the pick of the Lankan bowlers and she was ably supported by some sharp fielding, which accounted for as many as six run outs.

Only three Pakistani batters -- Bismah Maroof (42 off 40), Javeria Khan (14) and Sajjida Shah (12) could make double figures apart from 18 run extras.

Earlier, Inoka Galagedara (25 off 28) and Suwini de Alwis (22 off 25) shared a 33-run second-wicket stand to take Sri Lanka to 108 in 19.3 overs.

Apart from Galagedara and de Alwis, Dedunu Silva and Dilani Manodara scored identical 12 to help their side`s cause in the low-scoring affair.

For Pakistan Sana Mir (2/12), Nida Dar (2/10) and Javeria Khan (2/24) scalped two wickets each to restrict the Sri Lankans to the paltry total.

Pakistan eves will next play India women in their second group match on Saturday while Sri Lanka will be up against New Zealand.

PTI

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