In difficult batting conditions, India registered a triumphant victory of 95 runs with a superior all round performance on a seemingly challenging playing condition. With a 74 runs victory over arch rivals, Indian eves dominated Pakistan by all wickets down in 38.1 over, at the ground of Taunton, Derby.
After winning toss, India elected to bat and lost Smriti Mandhana, top order batters in quick succession as the ball was viciously spinning, dipping and swinging. The overcast conditions aggravated the Indian batting line up as they seldom looked comfortable. However, Poonam Raut and Deepti Sharma’s performance resulted in 67 with restrained stroke making. Soon India started losing wickets that lowered the run rate, to which Sushma Verma came to rescue proving herself as not only a wicket keeper but put her career best of 33 runs in 35 deliveries.
Defeating Pakistan with 10-0 in ODI format, 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 coiling down to 74 runs. India’s Ekta Bisht put a good show with 5/18 dismissals that added winning flavor to India’s performance along with player of the match title. Harmanpreet and Deepti Sharma too contributed but the top scorer tag remained with Poonam Raut with 47 followed by Sushma Verma 33.
While skipper Sana Mir poised a tough challenge for India scoring 29 in 82 minutes, Nahida Khan was another tough contender totaling to 23 in 89 minutes. But the Indian spinners spanned a tough challenge for Pakistan women that led to a third consecutive victory for Indian eves in Women’s World Cup. Pakistan last scored a minimal of 57 against India in 1997 when they had just commenced playing international cricket. In 2017 World Cup Qualfier round as well, Pakistan 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, 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 green players marking their way to pavilion in first 15 overs, Pakistan 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 understanding of the game with four of them losing under LBW.
Pakistan’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 Pakistan.