ICC Women’s World Cup: India Demolish Pakistan In One-sided Encounter

Highlights:

  • India won by 95 runs
  • Pakistan were bowled out for 74 runs
  • India have won all 3 of their matches

The Indian team continued their fine run in the World Cup to blow apart Pakistan and win by 95 runs. Chasing a meager 170 runs, Pakistan were unable to handle their nerves and were unable to play the Indian bowling unit. A second five-wicket haul for Ekta Bisht saw the Pakistani side being bundled out for an embarrassing 74 runs to hand India a huge victory.

 

Coming into their third group match of the tournament having won their two previous encounters, India were considered firm favorites against sub-continent rivals Pakistan. Batting first, India found it tough to get going on a difficult wicket and were stuttering at the halfway mark having managed only 92 runs. The Indian innings never gained momentum once in-form Smriti Mandhana (2) was dismissed cheaply. Worse, skipper Raj (8) and her deputy Harmanpreet Kaur (10) lost got out soon, making it difficult for the other players to accelerate. Opener Poonam Raut (47) and wicketkeeper Sushma Devi (33) grinded through to ensure that India were able to post at least 169 runs. Nashra Sandhu put on a beautiful bowling performance to pick up 4 wickets and demolish the Indian batting line up.

 

Chasing a sub-par total, the Pakistan team started their chase having already won half the battle in the first half of the match. The Indian bowling unit however had different things on mind as they looked to make up for the poor performance by the batsman. India had Pakistan on the mat as they sent six of their batsmen packing even before they had put up 30 runs on the board. Riding high on the back of Ekta Bisht’s performance of 5 for 18, the Indian bowlers skittle the Pakistani team to 74 runs, handing them a 95 runs victory. India defended 169 with ease, to continue their unbeaten run in the tournament.

 

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