The 5th match of the Women’s WT20 played between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in Guyana, much to the fans disappointment was a one-sided affair. India beat Pakistan by seven wickets with six balls to spare. This was India’s ninth win in T20Is against their neighbours.
Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss for India and elected to field. Pakistan lost Ayesha Gohar (0) in the first over of the match courtesy a magnificent catch at wide slip by Veda Krishnamurthy. Umaima Sohail (3) and captain Javeria Khan (17) were next to fall, both falling short of the crease, leaving Pakistan in tatters at 30/3 in the seventh over.
If it were not for Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar, who both hit half-centuries and rescued their team through a brilliant fourth-wicket stand of 94 off 71, Pakistan would have been in an unrepairable mess.
These two fell in the nineteenth over leaving the score at 130/5. The batters who followed only managed to add 3 more runs to the total and also cost their team 10 runs in penalty. This penalty was imposed because Pakistan batters ran down the danger area of the pitch twice. Pakistan ended with a total of 133/7.
Dayalan Hemalatha and Poonam Yadav took two wickets each, while the fielders dropped not just one, not two but five catches.
India started off their chase with 10 runs on the board without even a single ball being bowled. Pakistan were on the backfoot from the word go.
Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj struck 63 for the first-wicket before Mandhana was caught by Umaima at deep square leg for 26 in the 10th over.
Player of the match, Raj, continued to play her shots effortlessly and reached her 16th T20I fifty in style by hitting a four.
India did go on to lose two more wickets but it was too late for Pakistan. Veda Krishnamurthy hit the winning runs on the last ball of the nineteenth over to secure two more points for her team.
Diana Baig, Nida Dar and Bismah Maroof took one wicket each. Pakistan bowlers failed to trouble the Indian batters and their fielding didn’t help either.
India have now won two out of two games and with four points are the table-toppers in Group B. They’ll next face Ireland on Thursday (November 15).
Pakistan have lost 2 out of two; they have a lot to ponder upon before their next match against Ireland on Wednesday (November 14).