St Kitts: Sri Lanka secured a dramatic one-run win over Pakistan in a thrilling match at the ICC World Twenty20 on Thursday in St Kitts.
This was the second game of the competition that went right to the wire in what has been a thrilling opening to the tournament, following Australia's dramatic defeat of England on Wednesday.
Pakistan, who had stunned Sri Lanka last year when it defeated its rivals for the first ever time at the ICC Women's World Cup, looked well positioned to record another win when it reduced to Sri Lanka to 108 all out in 19.3 overs.
Inoka Galagedara top scored for Sri Lanka with 25, but when she fell with the score at 66-1, the Sri Lanka side suffered a dramatic collapse to be 108 all out. The wickets were shared around the Pakistan side although skipper Sana Mir was arguably the pick of the attack with 2-12 from four overs.
In reply Pakistan was in all kinds of trouble at 20-3, but the experienced Bismah Maroof, who enjoyed an excellent event at the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009, steadied the innings.
Pakistan then suffered another collapse that saw it go from 58-4 to 65-6, but Bismah again led the recovery to take her side to 93-6 with 14 balls remaining.
However, Bismah (42) then fell to spark another flurry of wickets and with two required for victory off the final ball of the game, Batool Fatima was run out to seal a sensational Sri Lanka victory.
Sri Lanka Women 108 (Galagedara 25, Mir 2-12, Dar 2-10)
Pakistan Women 107 (Maroof 42, Kaushalya 2-30)
Result Sri Lanka Women won by 1 run