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Pak shock Sri Lanka
Canberra, Mar 9 (Agencies):
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Published on 10 Mar. 2009 12:22 AM IST
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Pakistan took a step closer towards the Super Six stage of the ICC Women’s World Cup after a historic 57-run victory over Sri Lanka. This was the first time in women’s ODI history that Pakistan had beaten Sri Lanka in 19 ODI matches and it was also Pakistan’s first ever win in a World Cup match. Batting first, a solid opening partnership of 47 between Nain Abidi (26) and Bismah Maroof (10) set the team on its way. Although some steady bowling from Suwini de Alwis (2-19) helped restrict the Pakistan total, some solid contributions from Sana Mir (22 not out), Sajida Shah (21) and Qanita Jajil (11) helped it to 161-7 off 50 overs. Qanita Jalil was the wrecker-in-chief for Pakistan. She has picked up three wickets giving away 33 runs in her eight overs as the Sri Lankan top order crumbled. She was well supported by Sana Mir who picked up two wickets giving away just 18 runs. Some brave resistance from Sri Lankan skipper Shashikala Siriwardena (58 off 111 balls) followed, but only one other player, Dedunu de Silva (13), made double figures as Sri Lanka was dismissed for 104 all out. The pick of the bowlers for the Sri Lankan team was Suwini Alwis, who took two wickets in her 10 overs giving away just 19 runs. Eshani Lokusooriya and Shashikala Siriwardene also picked up a couple of wickets apiece. Bowlers reported for suspect action England pacer Jenny Gunn & Sri Lanka off-spinner Rose Fernando have been reported for suspected illegal actions at WWC. The two bowlers were reported by umpires Gerard Abood and Kathy Cross at the conclusion of Saturday’s England-Sri Lanka World Cup tie at the Manuka Oval, Canberra at the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup. “In their report the umpires raised concerns over the Gunn’s short-pitched deliveries and Fernando’s quicker balls and decided it was appropriate for their deliveries to be scrutinised further under the relevant ICC process,” the ICC said in a statement today. As per ICC regulations, any bowler reported in this way will be dealt with by the relevant Member board. Accordingly, the English and Sri Lankan Boards will be asked to assess the bowlers’ action and arrange remedial action required by the player concerned. The Member will be asked to report back formally to ICC as to what action has been taken, and the results. Pending the result of the assessment, the two bowlers may continue to play and bowl in international cricket, the ICC said.

 
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