After restricting India to a chaseable total of 170, Pakistan crumbled to the wily left-arm spin of Ekta Bisht, the loop of Deepti Sharma and the aggression of Mansi Joshi. It was an overwhelming victory set up by the bowlers after the batswomen failed to deliver on a tough batting pitch. Despite an excellent show of bowling from Pakistan bowlers, the inexperience, in terms of batting, showed with poor shot selection. This was their best chance to upset India and they let it slip leaving them to wonder: What if?
So, India maintain a clean slate against Pakistan in ODIs and move to the top of the points table.
Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht came to the fore with a stellar show as India crushed arch-rivals Pakistan by 95 runs in a low-scoring encounter to record their third successive victory in the ICC Women’s World Cup on Sunday.
After a couple of impressive outings by the batswomen, it was the turn of Bisht (10-2-18-5) and Co. to defend a meagre total of 169, skittling the opposition out for a lowly 74 in 38.1 overs.
India now have six points from three games and are at the top of the table. It was a sweet revenge for the Indian eves, who were beaten at home when the two teams met in the ICC World T20 in Delhi, last year.
What looked like a sub-par score turned out to be a challenging one for Pakistani batters, who have never successfully chased more than 134 in a 50-over World Cup game.
The Indian innings never gained momentum in their innings once in-form Smriti Mandhana (2) was dismissed cheaply. Worse, skipper Raj (8) and her deputy Harmanpreet Kaur (10) could not also score too many runs, making it difficult for the other players to accelerate.
Opener Punam Raut (48) consumed 72 balls while Deepti Sharma fared no better playing 63 balls for a sedate 28.
It was keeper Sushma Verma (33 off 35 balls), who used the long handle to get the team near 170-run mark.
One of the main reasons for India not being able to get past 200-run mark was because of a very slow fifth wicket partnership between Mona Meshram (6, 35 balls) and Harmanpreet (10, 23 balls). They were together for 8 overs (between 26.3 and 34.3) which yielded only 13 runs.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 2, 2017
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 2, 2017
Woah!!! Brilliant performance by our women’s cricket team, way to go. Congratulations!! @BCCIWomen
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 2, 2017
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 2, 2017