Sri Lanka suffered an 8-wicket loss to Pakistan in the 1st ODI of their 3-match series at the Southend Club in Karachi earlier today (1).
The series kicks off the ICC Women’s Championship cycle for 2022-25.
Sri Lanka struggled to compete in the T20I series last week, where they lost 3-0, but despite losing, they did have Pakistan in trouble when they had the ball in hand throughout the series. However, today’s game saw them completely outplayed by the hosts, who looked in no trouble throughout the game.
Kavisha Dilhari was the only bright spark in Sri Lanka’s performance, scoring 49 not out at No. 6 as the visitors finished with 169. Dilhari looked in good touch – she was the top run-scorer at the recently concluded domestic 50 over competition – comfortably surpassing her highest score in International Cricket, which stood at 25 (16* in ODIs).
Familiar problems plagued the Lankan batters as they struggled to keep the scoreboard moving, getting bogged down throughout the innings; only Dilhari was going at a strike-rate of above 70. The tactics were once again questionable, with the batters showing no intent to score runs and instead looking to bat long. Even skipper Chamari Athapaththu looked off colour, perhaps now feeling the pressure with the responsibility of carrying the batting line-up.
With the ball, Sri Lanka managed to get an early wicket once again, with Achini Kulasuriya removing Muneeba Ali, but from then on it was all Pakistan as Sidra Ameen and Bismah Maroof put on a mammoth 143-run partnership to take the hosts to within one run of the Sri Lankan score before Ameen fell for 76.
The 2nd ODI will be at the same venue on the 3rd of June
|Hasini Perera||run out (Sidra Nawaz)||4||11||0||0||36.36|
|Chamari Athapaththu||c Muneeba Ali b Sadia Iqbal||25||39||3||1||64.10|
|Hansima Karunarathne||c Bismah Maroof b Ghulam Fatima||12||40||1||0||30.00|
|Prasadani Weerakkody||st Sidra Nawaz b Ghulam Fatima||30||44||3||0||68.18|
|Nilakshi de Silva||c Sidra Nawaz b Sadia Iqbal||16||46||0||0||34.78|
|Kavisha Dilhari||not out||49||50||5||0||98.00|
|Oshadi Ranasinghe||b Ghulam Fatima||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Ama Kanchana||c Sidra Nawaz b Ghulam Fatima||3||16||0||0||18.75|
|Sugandika Kumari||run out (Sidra Nawaz)||3||12||0||0||25.00|
|Inoka Ranaweera||c Aliya Riaz b Fatima Sana||10||27||0||0||37.04|
|Achini Kulasuriya||lbw b Fatima Sana||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||17 (b 0 , lb 3 , nb 0, w 14, pen 0)|
|Total||169/10 (47.5 Overs, RR: 3.53)|
|Muneeba Ali||c Nilakshi de Silva b Achini Kulasuriya||14||28||2||0||50.00|
|Sidra Ameen||b Oshadi Ranasinghe||76||118||7||0||64.41|
|Bismah Maroof||not out||62||101||4||0||61.39|
|Omaima Sohail||not out||1||4||0||0||25.00|
|Extras||17 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 1, w 15, pen 0)|
|Total||170/2 (41.5 Overs, RR: 4.06)|