BANGKOK -  Pakistan Women confirmed their spot in the final of the Women’s T20 Asia Cup with a five-wicket win over Thailand Women in Bangkok Saturday.

Anam Amin and Asmavia Iqbal had the home side struggling at 6 for 3 inside the Power Play overs before Sana Mir ran through the middle order with 4 for 9 in her quota. No batter could cross 15 runs as Thailand were bowled out for 51 in 18.2 overs.

Pakistan needed just 11.4 overs to complete the chase, but lost five wickets in doing so. Ayesha Zafar, the opener, departed on the very first ball off Chanida Sutthiruang, before Suleeporn Laomi, who picked up three wickets, proved a persistent threat.

Pakistan will now meet India in the final on Sunday, in a repeat of the previous edition, which India won. In the first match of the day at the Asian Institute of Technology Ground, Sri Lanka Women assured themselves of third on the table with a seven-wicket win over Bangladesh Women, thanks to an all-round show by Chamari Atapattu.

Put in, Bangladesh rode on steady performances from their top order to get to 93 for 3, with Atapattu taking two of the three wickets to fall. The duo of Sanjida Islam and Shamina Sultana added 43 for the opening stand, before No. 3 Shaila Sharmin came in to guide the rest of the innings.

Bangladesh bowlers did well to keep a check on the scoring early on in the chase, but Atapattu came out blazing. Her 25-ball 39 included three fours and two sixes. She fell in the 14th over with 17 runs still needed, but there were no late stutters for Sri Lanka, who got to 97 for 3 in 19 overs.


Bangladesh Women 93/3 in 20 overs (Sanjida Islam 35, Saila Sharmin 25*; Chamari Atapattu 2-24) lost to Sri Lanka Women 97/3 in 19 overs (Yasoda Mendis 24, C Atapattu 39; Rumana Ahmed 2-7) by seven wickets. PoM: Chamari Atapattu.

Thailand Women 51 in 18.2 overs (Anam Amin 2-6, Sana Mir 4-9, Nida Dar 2-13) lost to Pakistan Women 52/5 in 11.4 overs (Asmavia Iqbal 24; Suleeporn Laomi 3-9) by five wickets. PoM: Sana Mir.