Defeating arch rivals at the ground of Taunton, Derby, India once again owed respect and applauses avenging the lost Champions Trophy finale. With a target chase of 170, Pakistan women couldn’t even touch the scale of 100 and lost the game with 9 wickets down. Challenging weather, pitch and slow performance poised difficulties for Indian team but slow and steady won the race.
Maintaining 9-0 score of winning all ODI’s against Pakistan, India’s Ekta Bisht with 5/18 dismissals added the winning flavour to India’s performance with her player of the match title. Harmanpreet and Deepti Sharma too blown out wickets but the top scorer tag remained with Poonam Raut with 47 followed by Sushma Verma hit 33. Jhulan Goswami and Deepti Sharma took good care of bowling with 12 and 21, respectively.
While Sana Mir poised a tough challenge for India scoring 29 in 82 minutes, Nahida Khan was another tough contender totaling 23 in 89 minutes.
Indian spinners posed a tough challenge for Pak that lead to a third consecutive victory for Indian eves in Women’s World Cup. Pakistan last scored a minimal of 57 against India in 1997. In 2017 World Cup Qualfier round as well, Pak could only maintain a 67 score figure. Interestingly, Ekta Bisht took 5 wickets in qualifiers round as well.
Sketching their victory against three times World Champion, England and last year’s World Cup runner up, team West Indies, India came under doubt while scoring 169 against Pakistan today but rival team’s initial overs made it clear on the winning part. With half of Pak players marking their way to pavilion in first 15 overs, Pak could only maintain a score of 26, carving way ahead for Indians by losing 4 wickets in first 10 overs. The loopholes reflected more loudly in Pak players understanding of the game with four of them losing under LBW.
However, India’s cross technique didn’t work out well resulting in wicket throw out. Star player Smriti Mandhana came under the purview of bad judgement in bowling coming from the other side. Poonam Raut and Deepti Sharma’s performance resulted in 67 following their test match play style. But, soon India started losing wickets that lowered the run rate where Sushma Verma came to rescue proving herself as not only a wicket keeper but also performed a good batting with a total of 33 run on 35 balls.
Pak’s Nashra Sandhu, who made her first debut against South Africa in 2017 took 4 wickets away recording a good performance in trailing conditions scoring 26 runs in 10 overs saving the grace for Pak team.