Pakistan-Sri Lanka ODIs to mark new beginning


After the completion of the T20I leg, the Pakistan v Sri Lanka clash will move on to the ODIs, which will mark the beginning of the ICC Women’s Championship 2022-2025 cycle.

Pakistan will aim to carry forward the winning momentum from the T20I series, which they won 3-0, into the ODI leg with all the IWC matches to be held at the same venue in Karachi.

Th is will be the first time Pakistan will be playing the Women’s Championship ODIs on their home soil and they will hope to make the best use of the familiar conditions. 

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will hope that the change in format will bring change in their fortune. The visitors are yet to open their account on this tour and they will hope to spring a surprise in the 50-over series.

Having missed out on qualification for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, Chamari Athapaththu’s side will be eager to claim important IWC points early on to make a strong case for direct qualification this time around. 

So far, both teams have faced each other 30 times in the ODI format. Head-to-head Sri Lanka have a solid record against Pakistan, having won 21 of those matches and lost only nine times.

The last time both teams came face-to-face in ODIs was back in 2018 when Pakistan had toured Sri Lanka for a three-match IWC series. Bismah Maroof’s side put up a dominant performance as they swept the series 3-0 in Dambulla.

Pakistan set targets in excess of 200 on all three occasions and even reached the 250-mark twice, while Sri Lanka could only manage to register their highest score of the series of 181. 

The visitors won the first ODI by 69 runs after setting a target of 251 for Sri Lanka. Javeria Khan starred with the bat, making a match-winning 113*. In the second match, Maroof made a composed 89, once again setting the same target for the hosts. Sana Mir then turned the game with her spell of 4/32, helping her side seal a 94-run win. In the last outing, Pakistan’s batters collectively posted 215/9 before their bowlers outclassed Sri Lanka by bowling them out for 107. Mir once again shone with the ball, returning 4/27.

Bismah Maroof (Pakistan captain): “After a dominating performance in the T20Is against Sri Lanka, we are now focused on delivering our best in the ODI series which is a part of the ICC Women’s Championship. I am pleased that two more teams have been added to the new cycle of the championship. 

“This step from the ICC will help promote the women’s game in Bangladesh and Ireland besides providing them direct qualification opportunities.

“Our aim, like the rest of the sides, would be to earn a direct spot in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2025. In the qualification format, each and every series matters, hence our goal would be to start on a positive note by securing a series win against Sri Lanka while accumulating maximum points.”

Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka captain): “Women’s cricket is at a crucial juncture, and we need to build on the current momentum by playing positive and entertaining cricket.

“The IWC has had a huge role in elevating the women’s game and I am sure all teams are eager to give their best in each match since direct slots at the 2025 World Cup are at stake. 

“Missing out on the World Cup this year still rankles in our minds and our aim is to try and ensure a slot this time around.”