Pakistan women win on rain-hit day
It was a disappointing day in Colombo, as persistent rain meant that none of the matches in the women's Twenty20 Quadrangular Series between Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Netherlands and Ireland lasted a full 40 overs. Pakistan women won the final after a nine-over match against Netherlands. They had got there after beating Ireland on the Duckworth-Lewis method, while Netherlands' first match against Sri Lanka was abandoned after one over of Sri Lanka's innings, and got through to the final by virtue of a coin toss.
Pakistan got to 53 for 7 in nine overs in the final, after being put into bat. There were only six boundaries in their innings, with Javeria Khan and Bismah Maroof hitting three each. Evelien Gerrits finished with figures of 3 for 13. In response, Netherlands could not manage a single boundary in their innings, and got to just 41 despite losing only one wicket. Their openers stayed together till the eighth over, but only managed a 30-run partnership. All of Pakistan's bowlers were economical; Qanita Jalil and Masooma Junaid both gave away five runs each in two overs, while Sana Mir finished with 1 for 4 from his two.
In their first game, Pakistan put Ireland in and Jalil was impressive then as well, taking 2 for 9 as Ireland managed only 75 in their 20 overs. Pakistan's openers scored 37 in 7.2 overs, and they were 15 runs ahead on the D/L method at that stage. Netherlands got to 46 for 8 in 13 overs against Sri Lanka in their first match, but Sri Lanka's innings only lasted one over before rain forced the game to be called off. The third-place playoff was abandoned without a ball bowled.