BANGKOK - Pakistan Women got off the mark with a crushing nine-wicket win against underdogs Nepal in their 2016 ACC Women's Asia Cup T20 opener, at the Asian Institute of Technology Cricket Ground on the outskirts of Bangkok, on Saturday.

Set to chase a paltry 48 for a winning start to their campaign, Pakistan had little trouble in the chase that took under an hour. The 44-run opening partnership between Ayesha Zafar and Javeria Khan put the 2012 runners-up within sniffing distance of a win before the former was run out by Saraswati Kumari for 26. Javeria carried on nonetheless, as Pakistan wrapped up the formalities comfortably with half their overs remaining.

Earlier, Nepal won the toss and elected to bat but put up little fight facing an international bowling line-up. The experienced Pakistan spinners ran through the Nepal batters to restrict them to under 50 in 18.1 overs. Anam Amin struck twice in her opening over to keep the minnows to 16 for 3 from the powerplay.

Captain Rubina Chhetry, who top scored for her side with 11, was the only one who manged a score in double figures, while as many as three failed to open their account. Former Pakistan skipper Sana Mir and Amin returned similar figures of 2 for 7 while Sadia Yousuf also picked two

BRIEF SCORES: Pakistan Women 48/1 (10/20 ov) beat Nepal Women 47 (18.1/20 ov) by nine wickets.