Bismah Maroof after reaching her fifty. Picture: ©OfficialSLC Twitter Account

Pakistan’s all-round performance helped them to win the series opener in style and were up heading into the match. On the contrary, the Sri Lankan team was under pressure as the second ODI was very crucial for them to remain alive in the series.Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. The decision went in favour as they put up a challenging total of 250/6 in 50 overs. Openers Nahida Khan and Muneeba Ali steadily started the innings until Ama Kanchana got the first breakthrough for the Lankans. Muneeba slammed 31 runs off 57 balls. After the openers failed to deliver, the entire responsibility was on middle order. Javeria Khan, the star of the previous match was unlucky as she got runout in the middle-overs followed by the same result for her partner Sidra Ameen. Bismah Maroof leading from the front, slammed 89 runs off 90 balls missing out a well deserved century. Maroof’s knock was well supported by Nida Dar 38(46) and Sana Mir 27(25) down the order. Weerakkody was the pick of the bowlers for the Lankans picking 2 wickets.

Seeing the current form of the Lankans, it was a daunting task for them to chase down a big total. Hoping for the big, openers steadily started to build up the innings until Muneeba’s stunner throw let Hansika to the pavilion in the 5th over itself. Now the whole responsibility was on captain but she failed to deliver as she got out on Sana Mir’s mystery bowl. The entire top order of Sri Lanka collapsed within no time. After 10 overs, Sri Lanka’s score was 34/4. Now it was just a matter of time for Pakistan to win the match and seal the series. Sana Mir did the job for Pakistan as she bagged wickets of the lower order batters. She bagged 4 wickets in a match heading the path towards the series win. Mir was ably supported by Nida Dar who also bagged 2 wickets. Sri Lankan lower order tried their best to play 50 overs but failed to do so as they were all out for 156 within 37 overs. Weerakkody 29* was the top scorer for the Sri Lanka team.

Pakistan’s all-round performance once again helped them to win the match and they will be aiming for the clean sweep. On the other side, the home team will try their best to win a match, which will help them uplift their moral before the start of the T20 series and gain 2 ICC Championship points. The next match will be played on 24th, March in Dambulla.

Scores:

Pakistan 250/6 (B Maroof 89, S Weerakkody 2/46) beat Sri Lanka 153/10 (S Weerakkody 29, S Mir 4/32) by 94 runs.