Published On: Sun, Jul 2nd, 2017
Sports | ByIANS

India eves register comfortable win over Pakistan

Derby (UK): Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht picked up a five-wicket haul as India defeated arch rivals Pakistan by 95 runs in a group match of the Women’s cricket World Cup at the County Ground here on Sunday.

Pakistan did not quite recover from those early blows and continued to lose wickets

Electing to bat first, India produced 169/9. In reply, Pakistan were bundled out for 74 runs with Bisht doing most of the damage with figures of 5/18.

This was the third consecutive victory in this tournament for India. They had defeated hosts England by 35 runs in the opening match of their campaign before thrashing the West Indies by seven wickets.

Indian skipper Mithali Raj used her bowling changes well as the bowlers clinched breakthroughs at regular intervals. Bisht maitained a tight length which did not allow the Pakistan batters to open up their arms and score easily.

Medium-pacer Mansi Joshi also bowled economically, clinching two wickets while giving away just nine runs in her 6.1 overs.

Chasing a low-target of 170 runs, Pakistan failed to get going right from the start.

Ayesha Zafar was the first to go as she was trapped leg before by Bisht in the second over. Javeria Khan and Sidra Nawaz then departed in consecutive overs, with veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami and Bisht doing the honours.

When Bisht sent back Iram Javed in the seventh over, almost the entire Pakistan top order had returned to the pavilion with just 14 runs on the board.

Pakistan did not quite recover from those early blows and continued to lose wickets at regular intervals.

With the Indian bowlers maintaining a tight line on a slow pitch, the Pakistanis found it difficult to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Opener Nahida Khan was the only one in the Pakistan top order who showed some application and grit, battling her way to a patient 23 runs off 62 deliveries before being caught behind off Harmanpreet Kaur’s bowling.

Pakistan skipper Sana Mir also waged a heroic battle and was the highest scorer with 29 runs in an excruciatingly slow 73-ball innings.

The other Pakistanis failed to reach double figures as the Indians clinched a comfortable victory.

Earlier, India posted 169/9 after skipper Mithali decided to bat first after winning the toss.

Unlike in previous matches, the Indian batters gave a lacklustre performance which resulted in a low total.

The Indian eves started on a bad note as opener Smriti Mandhana (2) was sent back to the pavilion in the fourth over by Nashra Sandhu with just seven runs on the board.

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