Pakistan women’s T20 team claims gold at Asian Games

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)

Pakistan retained the women’s Twenty20 cricket gold medal at the Asian Games on Friday by defeating spirited Bangladesh in a rain-affected final, as Sri Lanka took home the bronze.

Pakistan, electing to bat after winning the toss, were restricted to 97-6 by a steady Bangladeshi bowling attack. Bismah Maroof top-scored with 24 and leg-spinner Rumana Ahmed claimed two wickets for 13 runs.

Bangladesh, making a strong dash for the revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 43 from seven overs following a heavy downpour during the break, scored 38-9 to lose by four runs.

Skipper Sana Mir, Sadia Yousuf and Nida Dar claimed two wickets each.

In the bronze medal play-off, Sri Lanka surpassed China’s modest 65-6 for the loss of five wickets in 17.1 overs.

The men’s competition starts on Saturday without heavyweights India and Pakistan, both of whom opted to skip the competition.

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