Indian Women have been aggressive, active and highly efficient in their first match against Pakistan Women in the T20 World Cup. India and Australia have reached finals in 2021 and they have been termed as the teams above rest of the World in Women’s Cricket, in current situation. Australia Women have proved that in their first match by winning against New Zealand Women by massive 97 runs. Indian Women chased down good score 149 to win against archrivals Pakistan Women. Even though Pakistan Women cricket is not at that level of Men’s cricket, India vs Pakistan will always the emotion and interest. Indian Women won against Pakistan women by 7 wickets to ascertain their dominance.
Pakistan Women won the toss and elected to field first. India did not let them get to a huge start but captain, Bismah Maroof, looked in great form. Even though Muneeba Ali (12), Javeria Khan (8), Nida Dar (0), Sidra Ameen (11) failed, Captain carried the baton till the end with unbeaten 68 (55). Indian Women looked in control till 13th over, when they reduced Pakistan to 68/4. Ayesha Naseem took off in the final overs and she scored 43 off 25 balls to put up challenging total of 149/4 in 20 overs. Indian Women had to chase 150 in their 20 overs to win the match and it is deemed to be tricky on South African pitches.
Smriti Mandhana missed out due to injury and Yastika Bhatia (17), Shafali Verma (33) opened for Indian Women. Shafali Verma scored at a brisk pace covering up for slow innings of Yastika Bhatia. Jemimah Rodrigues joined the innings when Indian Women are on 38/1 and continued to mix caution with aggression. Harmanpreet Kaur (16) fell in the 14th over after Shafali Verma got out in 10th over, trying to improve the run-rate. Richa Ghosh (31) and Jemimah Rodrigues (53) saw that Indian Women doesn’t lose another wicket and safely took them home. Indian Women scored 151/3 in 19 overs to register a famous win in T20 World Cup.
Indian Women in Group 2 will have to face England Women, West Indies Women and Ireland Women in coming matches to go forward. The top teams of Group 2 and Group 1 qualify to Semi-Finals. Finals will be held on 26th February, 2023 at Cape Town and we wish, hope to see Indian Women playing it!
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