There is some good news for Indian cricket fans as the India beat arch rival Pakistan by a heavy difference in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup. India beat rivals Pakistan by 95 runs and registered their successive third victory in the tournament. By now, India has played 3 matches and won all of them at the league stage. Uttarakhand girl Ekta Bisht came out to be the star of the match. She took five wickets sparing just 18 runs in het 10 overs haul. Pakistan got bundled out for a meagre 74 runs and India won the match by 95 runs.
Praising the effort shown by Ekta Bisht, Indian Captain MithaliRaj said, “I am proud of Ekta’s performance. Whenever she has been handed the new ball, she has performed. There were some anxious moments when we lost the top-order (while batting). The partnership between Sushma Verma and JhulanGoswami towards the end was also important. When we got to a total of 169, I knew that if we could bowl well, it could be anybody’s game.”
Batting first, India scored 169 runs at the loss of 9 wickets in the first innings. From Indian side, Poonam Raut was the highest scorer with 47 runs in 72 balls. Indian line up could not show an impressive start and they lost their first wicket in the middle of the fourth over when the team score was just 7 runs. However, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Rout stretched the scoreboard to 74 runs, when Poonam Raut gave in her wicket to Nashra Sandhu. The team collectively amassed 169 runs on the board.
On the other hand, Pakistani performance came out to be even worse. None of their batters could sustain for a longer period so that they could successfully defend the target. Only two of their batters –Nahida Khan and Captain Sana Mir could register a double-digit batting figure to their names. Rest of the team got out with an individual score of less than 9 runs. Even four of them went back to the pavilion just for a duck. Indian bowling attack diminished the Pakistani batting to just 74 runs.
Speaking on the heavy loss Pakistani Captain Sana Mir said, “This was undoubtedly our best bowling performance against India in ODIs. But the last 20-30 runs proved to be crucial but we could not back it up with a good batting show. We were great in the field and credit goes to Diana Baig. She brings a spark in the team and I’m really proud of her. We played far too many cross batted shots which led to our quick fall of wickets against the spinners.”
Ekta’s performance with the ball was commendable. Ekta too added a few words on her achievement, “I don’t face much of a problem bowling with the new ball. The track spun more than it had during our game against England. Irrespective of how the pitch is, my job is to bowl and take wickets and I hope I can continue doing that for my team.”