ICC Women's World T20 as it happened: Another heart-breaking defeat for India as England clinch thriller - Firstpost

ICC Women's World T20 as it happened: Another heart-breaking defeat for India as England clinch thriller

Mar 22, 2016


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    The new Indian women's team took the field against Pakistan. They lost two early wickets. Then they became the old India. They offered dead defensive strokes, instead of dabbing the ball softly and taking singles.
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    Unlucky to have lost the previous tie against Pakistan by just two runs via D/L method, the India women's cricket team will be fighting a survival battle when it takes on a strong England side at the ICC World Twenty 20 in Dharamsala on Tuesday.
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India vs Pakistan match report:

Pakistan women defeated India by two runs via D/L method to register their first victory in the World Twenty20 at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Saturday.

Choosing to field first on a two-pace wicket, Pakistan put up a superb show to restrict India to 96 for seven in 20 overs. In reply, Pakistan were 70 for three in 14 overs but the Indians raised hopes of a fight back by picking three wickets in the next two overs. Pakistan were 77/6 till 16 overs.

Mithali Raj in action in the World T20. PTI

Mithali Raj in action in the World T20. PTI

But the match was stopped due to rain, forcing the Duckworth & Lewis Method to come into the picture which gave the visitors the two-run victory.

Pakistan, who lost their previous match to the West Indies, were overjoyed with the win, while the Indians were really disappointed as they failed to make it two wins out of two matches.

However, Pakistan deserve full credit for the way they bowled at the start against the Indians. Pacer Asmavia Iqbal (1/13) and spinner Anam Amin (1/9) were right on the dot against captain Mithali Raj (16) and V. Vanitha (2). By the end of the sixth over, India were seven for two -- Anam removed Vanitha, while Asmavia accounted for Smriti Mandhana (1).

The pressure was telling on Mithali, as she was the third wicket to go having scored 16 in 35 deliveries. India were 34 for three then when their skipper departed.

Later, Harmanpreet Kaur (16) and Veda Krishnamurthy (24) tried their best but failed to accelerate as India were restricted to 96 for seven.

In pursuit of the low total, Pakistan were helped by Sidra Ameen (26) and Nahida Khan (14). No.3 batswoman Bismah Maroof (5) was removed by Harmanpreet. And later India removed Iram Javed (10), Asmavia (5) and captain Sana Mir (0) to trigger a stunning comeback before 16 overs.

Then Pakistan required 20 runs in four overs with bowlers to come in but the sky opened up, intervening in the match that could have seen an exhilarating finish. And as the D/L method was brought in, Pakistan were ahead and won by two runs.


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