Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by a margin of one run in a nail-biting Women’s Asia Cup 2020 semi-final played in Sylhet, Bangladesh.
On Thursday, after deciding to bat first, the Sri Lankan team set a 122-run target for the Bismah Maroof-led Pakistan team.
In a thrilling last over, Achini Kulasuriya held off nine runs to help Sri Lanka defeat Pakistan by one run.
Kulasuriya was given the ball in the final over when Pakistan required nine runs and Nida Dar and Aliya Riaz were at the crease.
Kulasuriya only allowed seven runs to be scored in the final over and took her team to the finishing line.
Pakistan’s openers got off to a blistering start by hitting 31 runs in just three overs as they prepared to chase 123 runs. Muneeba’s first partnership of 31 runs included 18 runs off 10 balls from him.
Pakistan was saved by Bismah Maroof after a couple of early wickets. She scored 42 runs off 41 balls, including four boundaries.
Nida Dar stood till the very end, but her run-a-ball 26 couldn’t get Pakistan to the finish line.
Sugandika Kumari and Kavisha Dilhari each took one wicket, with Inoka Ranaweera taking two wickets overall.
The Sri Lankan team will now play India in the Women’s Asia Cup final on October 15.