IND-W vs PAK-W: India women beat Pakistan women in their opening encounter.© AFP
India beat arch-rivals Pakistan by 107 runs in their opening game of the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup in Mount Maunganui on Sunday to start their campaign in the best way possible. Batting first, India looked stable at 96/1, with opener Smriti Mandhana scoring 52, before wickets in quick succession reduced them to 114/6. However, Sneh Rana’s unbeaten 53 and Pooja Vastrakar’s 67 helped India post a total of 244/7 from their 50 overs. In response, Rajeshwari Gayakwad had figures of 4/31 as India bowled Pakistan out for 137 to seal a comfortable win.
Here are the video highlights of the match:
It wasn’t a good outing for skipper Mithali Raj with the willow but, by turning out in the India jersey on Sunday, the veteran 39-year-old became only the third cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar and Javed Miandad to appear in six World Cups and the first woman to achieve the feat.
Raj, though, would take her cheap dismissal in her stride as her team achieved the result it sought.
“I am happy we won the first game but a lot of things to work on. When you lose wickets in the middle order, it does put a lot of pressure. The top-order has to score runs in a big tournament like this,” Raj said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“When you have all-rounders like Sneh (Rana), Deepti (Sharma) and Pooja (Vastrakar), we extend our batting line up. Hope Pooja would be fine before the next game.”
From the Pakistan point of view, the stand between Rana and Vastrakar hit them hard as they were hoping to restrict India after reducing them to 114 for six.
For Pakistan, spinners Nida Dar (2/45) and Nashra Sandhu (2/36) snared two wickets each.
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