Thursday, 21 February, 2019

India beat Pakistan in ICC Women's World T20

ICC Women Mithali Raj scored a gritty 56
Kristopher Love | 15 November, 2018, 16:18

She is her country's leading run-scorer in women's T20Is, and the second-most capped player in the format - experience that came to the fore in her innings of 53 in Providence on Sunday, helping Pakistan to their highest T20 total against India.

Earlier, Indian bowlers pinned Pakistan down for most part of their innings before allowing them to wriggle out for 133 for 7. Raj fell with her side eight runs from victory, caught by Dar off the bowling of Diana Baig for 56 off 47 balls (seven fours). They were warned three times before incurring their first penalty for running down the line of the stumps.

India eves made a strong begin with openers Mithali and Smriti Mandhana (26) finding the boundaries at regular intervals in their 73-run partnership from 9.3 overs.

Opening bowler Arundhati Reddy gave India the breakthrough by having Ayesha Zafar caught at the slips by Veda for nought in the final delivery of the first over. Maybe if those 10 runs were not reduced from our total, maybe it would have been a good game against India, and maybe it would have been a good total.

On a different note, India emerged victorious over Pakistan by 7 runs in the encounter.

Dayalan Hemalatha brought the Indians back into the game when she sent back both Pakistani batters in the 19th over shortly after they had reached their respective half-centuries. Although the team scored 135 runs, two runs were cancelled as the batters ran on the danger area of the pitch.

Indian women's T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur won hearts on social media when a video showing the captain carrying an unwell child mascot off the pitch, ahead of the India-Pakistan World T20 clash, surfaced on the internet. Kim Garth with 24 runs was the highest run-getter for the side. Ireland elected to bat first after winning the toss but only managed to put on 93 runs on the board for the loss of 6 wickets in their quota of 20 overs.

India chased down the target of 134 with six balls to spare.