Scotland women have suffered a setback in their bid to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later this year as they were heavily beaten by Sri Lanka.

With Scotland having become increasingly professional, with some players gaining valuable experience in The Hundred last year, they were perhaps hoping to push a Sri Lankan side that had played just one rain-affected game in the last 20 months.

However Sri Lankan captain Chamari Athapaththu had other ideas after she opted to bat first, smashing 86 from 45 balls as her team raced to a superb start. She was out in the 14th over with the run rate dropping thereafter but the damage had already been done and her team posted 182-4 from their 20 overs.

Openers Sarah Bryce and Ellen Watson were the only Scottish batters to reach double figures in their reply, Watson top scoring with 30 before having to retire hurt. Katherine Fraser was the eighth wicket to fall and with Watson unable to resume her innings and Lorna Jack also unable to bat, Scotland were out for 73 in 12.1 overs, losing by 109 runs.

Earlier in the day, hosts Malaysia took on Bangladesh and struggled against their more experienced opponents, only able to score 49-9 from their 20 overs, also only able to have two batters reach double figures. Bangladesh lost two wickets in reply but were otherwise untroubled, chasing down their target in 8 overs to win by 8 wickets.

Today's defeated teams will have the chance to get their campaigns back on track when they face each other tomorrow. Kenya will make their tournament bow when they take on Bangladesh.