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Javeria century leads Pakistan Women to 1-0 lead against Sri Lanka Women

Javeria Khan was the standout performer in the first game in Dambulla
Javeria Khan was the standout performer in the first game in Dambulla

Pakistan Women 250-6 (Javeria 113no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 181 (Maroof 3-17) by 69 runs
First One-Day International in Dambulla

Javeria Khan scored a blistering unbeaten century as Pakistan Women completed a 69-run victory over Sri Lanka Women in the first One-Day International in Dambulla.

Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl first. The decision proved right as they managed to dismiss both Nahida Khan (13) and Muneeba Ali (0) and were reduced to 19 for two.

Javeria (113 not out) and Bismah Maroof (19) consolidated a bit with a 49-run stand for the third wicket but once again the hosts struck a double blow dismissing Pakistan captain and Sidra Ameen (0).

Maroof completed a patient 88-ball fifty and her century came in the 48th over. She was well supported by Nida Dar (34), Sana Mir (27) and Natalia Pervaiz (21 not out) as Pakistan went on to recover and post 250 for six. Their momentum was also greatly aided by the 23 extras conceded by the Sri Lanka bowlers.

In the chase, only Chamari Athapaththu (46) and Shashikala Siriwardene (44) showed some resilience but Maroof (3-17) and Sana Mir (2-29) produced regular strikers to keep Sri Lanka in check and bowl them out for 181 in the 46th over.

Javeria was also named the player of the match for setting up the win with a century.

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