Pakistan- India cricket, women‘s
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2016, 2022: Pakistan beat India
Sylhet : Indian batters bungled badly in a straightforward chase as Pakistan recorded their first win over their arch-rivals in six years, prevailing by 13 runs in the Women’s Asia Cup, here on Friday. India, the most formidable team in Asia by some distance, batted poorly to be all out for 124 in 19. 4 overs after Pakistan posted a modest 137 for six. Pakistan scripted a remarkable turnaround less than 24 hours after their shock loss over Thailand.
At 65 for five, India were in all sorts of trouble with a majority of the batters including Smriti Mandhana (17 off 19) throwing their wickets away. Prior to this game, India enjoyed a 10-2 record over Pakistan.
Pakistan’s previous win over the arch-rivals came in the 2016 T20 World Cup in New Delhi. Pooja Vastrakar got herself run out while Dayalan Hemalatha (20 off 22) failed to capitalise on a good start. Questions were raised over Harmanpreet Kaur’s fitness as she came in to bat at No. 7 before perishing cheaply.
“I think in the middle we were trying to give other batters a chance. Thatcost us today. In the middle overs, we were not able to rotate the strike,” a dejected Harmanpreet said.
With India needing 61 off the last six overs, Pakistan were the favourites to pull of an unexpected win.
Richa Ghosh (26 off 13), who had be taken off the field in Pakistan’s innings after suffering a heat stroke, brought India back into the game with three sixes against the spinners before being caught in the deep in the 19th over. Her dismissal effectively ended India’s hopes. Earlier, Pakistan put up an improved batting performance but it still seemed below par. Nida Dar (56 not outoff 37 balls) and skipper Bismah Maroof (32 off 35) shared a crucial 76-run stand off 58 balls. Off-spinner Deepti Sharma (3/27) stood out among India’s bowlers with best figures.
Pakistan reached 61 for three in 10 overs. Dar then gave the innings some momentum as she stepped out to smashed Hemalatha for a four and straight six in a 15-run over. Indian fielding was found wanting on more than one occasion with substitute Shafali Verma missing an easy stumping chance.
SCORES: Pakistan 137/6 (N Dar 56*, B Maroof 32; Deepti 3-27) bt India 124 in 19. 4 overs (R Ghosh 26; Sandhu 3-30). PTI