Pakistan's Marina Iqbal (L) and her teammates watch the ICC Women's World Twenty20 warm-up cricket match between England and South Africa at Moors Sports Club Ground in Colombo September 22, 2012. The women's tournament begins in Galle on Wednesday.  – Photo by Reuters
Pakistan's Marina Iqbal (L) and her teammates watch the ICC Women's World Twenty20 warm-up cricket match between England and South Africa at Moors Sports Club Ground in Colombo September 22, 2012. The women's tournament begins in Galle on Wednesday. – Photo by Reuters

KARACHI: All-rounder Asmavia Iqbal led the way as Pakistan Women began their preparations for the World Twenty20 with an impressive win over Sri Lanka Women in Colombo on Saturday.

Pakistan, playing their only warm up game before the tournament gets underway on September 26, recorded a four-wicket win over the hosts at the Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground in the capital.

Sri Lanka managed 76-8 in their 20 overs, with captain Shashikala Sriwardene’s 38 runs being the only score of note as Asmavia cleaned up the Lankan top order with figures of 4-11 in her four overs. Lower-order batter Sripali Weerakkody (10*) was the only other player to get in to double figures for the home team. Left-arm spinner Sadia Yousuf also chipped in for Pakistan, getting two wickets for 10 runs in her three overs and the experienced Nida Dar took one wicket in her three overs.

Pakistan stuttered in their reply, as opener Qanita Jalil (4) was removed in the second over by Sri Lankan pacer Chamani Senevirtana. Pakistan’s captain Sana Mir hit three fours in her 18-run innings before being bowled out by Sriwardene in the seventh over. Pakistan lost another wicket in the next over when star batter Bismah Maroof fell to Sandamali Dolawatte’s leg-break bowling for five runs.

It was then up to Nain Abidi (13), Nida Dar (10) and Asmavia (13*) to take Pakistan home with 16 balls to spare.

While the women in green were impressive with their bowling, they failed get good batting practice with a small target in sight.

Pakistan open their Women’s World T20 campaign on September 27 against England. Their other Group ‘A’ matches will be against Australia (September 29) and India (October 1).

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals (October 4 and 5). The final will be played on Sunday, October 7 at the R. Premadasa Stadium before the men’s final.

Below is a Dawn.com exclusive video as we join the women’s team at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore and the Southend Club in Karachi and bring to light their journey so far, with all the trials and tribulations. We also ask Mir and various other team members how they see their future panning out with an immediate focus on the World T20. - Video by Sara Faruqi and Hafsa Adil.

http://vimeo.com/50360863

Updated Sep 22, 2012 03:36pm

Comments (5) (Closed)


qureshi
Sep 22, 2012 10:12pm
we should remove Sohail Cookree and get this GIRL as opening bowler, i do not understand why we have sohail tanveer, shahid afridi and imran nazir playing for T20- it is shame that we can get some good players but we have SAFARSHEE IMTIAZ
Shaer Khan
Sep 22, 2012 05:47pm
Great Job Girls. Keep it up. May Allah give you victory. Remember your win will bring smile to our faces
Indusonian
Sep 22, 2012 10:18pm
Awesome,go girls!
Mohammed
Sep 22, 2012 06:15pm
Wonderful Job you done Pakistani Women Cricket Team and wish you best of luck for the rest of matches...
Neer Nayan
Sep 22, 2012 07:42pm
Congrats! Good play by the talented team. Respected Editors, why've you deprived Ms Asmavia of a coveted 'poster-girl' status? Do post her interview/photos, as these would definitely encourage the young girls, not only in Pakistan but all across.