ICC Women’s World T20: Mithali Raj stars as India demolish Pakistan

first_imgMithali Raj scored a composed half-century as India crushed Pakistan by 7 wickets to go one step closer to a semifinal berth in the ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies.On Friday, Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian woman to score a hundred in T20Is as India got off to a winning start against New Zealand. Two days later, India put up another clinical display to get the better of Pakistan.Pakistan rode on half-centuries from Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar to post 133/7.Fresh from a 52-run defeat to title contenders Australia in their opening match, Pakistan struggled to get going in the face of some accurate Indian bowling.India vs Pakistan Women’s World T20: Match HighlightsAsked to bat first, Pakistan suffered an early blow when Arundhati Reddy dismissed Ayesha Zafar in the very first over thanks to an excellent catch by Veda Krishnamurthy at first slip.Omaima Sohail and Javeria Khan virtually gifted away their wickets with rather silly run-outs to leave Pakistan in trouble at 30/3 in the seventh over.However, Bismah and Nida brought the innings back on track with a 94-run stand. Bismah scored 53 runs off 49 balls while Nida hit a breezy 52 off 35 deliveries which included five boundaries and two hits into the stands.Nida was the beneficiary of a piece of good luck when Veda dropped an easy catch at long-off off Radha Yadav’s bowling even as the ball slipped through for a boundary.The Indians continued to struggle with their fielding even as the Pakistanis piled on the runs with some superb strokeplay.advertisementDayalan 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.Maroof was caught by Veda at long-on after she had come down the track to a well-flighted delivery. Nida followed her back to the pavilion a couple of deliveries later when a mistimed cut hand an easy catch to Harmanpreet Kaur at cover.The rest of the Pakistani batters never really matched up to the Indian bowlers as apart from Javeria Khan, all of them failed to reach double figures.In response to Pakistan’s 133, India got off to a strong start with Raj and Smriti Mandhana at the top.Mandhana fell soon after a good start but senior pro Mithali kept her cool to bring up a well-deserved half-century.Harmanpreet was fluent at the other end and saw India through after Mithali perished for 56 off 47. By then, the match was almost in India’s grasp with 8 runs needed off 14 ballsVeda Krishna Murthy joined Harmanpreet in the middle and the duo took India home without further damage. Veda did survive a close run out chance but there were no other scares for India with victory coming with six balls remaining.(With inputs from IANS)last_img

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