Pakistan 177 for 5 (Maroof 62, Dar 41) beat Malaysia 30 (Dar 4-5) by 147 runs
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Nida Dar struck 41 off 27 balls and then took 4 for 5 as Pakistan dismantled Malaysia by 147 runs to rise to the top of the Women’s Asia Cup table.

Dar was part of a vital fourth-wicket partnership of 85 with Bismah Maroof that lifted Pakistan from 59 for 3 in the ninth over to 177 for 5. Dar then ripped through the Malaysia line-up as they crashed to 30 all out. The offspinner bowled 22 deliveries in all – 18 of them were dots.

The final result was quite the contrast to how Malaysia had begun. Having elected to field, they had Pakistan in trouble with the run-out of Nahida Khan in the first over. The other opener Javeria Rauf fell within the Powerplay as well. But just as things began to look troubling, Dar and Maroof then took Pakistan into overdrive, scoring their runs at 10.6 an over. The stand ended with the dismissal of Maroof for 62 off 37 balls.

Malaysia didn’t lose early wickets, but they didn’t make early runs either, ending the Powerplay at 9 for 0. Sana Mir then had Christina Baret lbw in the fifth ball of the seventh over, and from there the end was swift. Dar struck with her first delivery, in the 13th over, having Yusrina Yaakop caught. Nashra Sandhu followed it up with a double-strike at the other end, before Dar sent back Mas Elysa and Zumika Azmi off successive deliveries. She then picked up a wicket each in her next two overs, the last of which ended the Malaysia innings.

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