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 read more

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Miketavius Jones One of Biggest Surprises This Season

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. And this week, Spencer dialed up a blitz that put Jones in position to make a play. Despite Heard’s slipperiness, Jones stuck with him and dragged him down for a 22-yard sack.What a play here from Miketavius Jones. pic.twitter.com/jsyFO8mrdF— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 26, 2015Jones’ experience on special teams can’t be overstated, and his impact through four games has been felt as strong as any other cornerback on the roster. He has showed up in big moments; none bigger than Saturday’s sack of Jerrod Heard. It’s still very early in the season, but Jones’ emergence in a very deep group of cornerbacks is one of the most fascinating storylines of the season. The sheer depth at the cornerback position was a well-known commodity going into this season, but the emergence of cornerback Miketavius Jones has been as big a surprise as any this season.Jones has been a special teams mainstay during his time in Stillwater, and his experience has prepared him well to boost him to his early season success. Gundy talked on his radio show this week about his center of balance skills being well sharpened after playing special teams, which has allowed him to excel in his new hybrid type role at cornerback. Last week, he was able to hunt down the quarterback to force the first turnover of many against UTSA.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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