India women nicked the third consecutive win in World Cup match over Pakistan. The latest victory of 95 runs against Pakistan came up after spinner Ekta Bisht blitz the attack of five wickets. Pakistan bowlers were good enough to restrict India into a paltry score of 169 in 50 overs, but the players failed while batting in the chase. Only two players put up double digit scores in the chase. The rest were either ducked or returned to the pavilion after a couple of runs. While in India’s batting, Nashra Sandhu attacked for 4 wickets, the top and middle order, Pakistan’s chase was routed by Ekta Bisht. Pakistan, batting for 38.1 overs, scored 74 runs. The highest score was 29 off 82 by captain Sana Mir. The next was 23 off 89 by Nahida Khan.
Skipper Mithali Raj decided to bat first winning the toss, but the start did not work out. There were wickets right from the begging that slowed down the score denying good partnerships. Smriti Mandhana was trapped by Diana Baig in the fourth over. Opener Punam Raut hauled the score to 74 as she backed away 47 off 72 balls. Mithali Raj too could not do a lot in the inning, being trapped by Sandhu for 8 runs. She and Deepti Sharma were removed at a gap of two balls. By half of the inning, India found itself at 4 for 94. There was a brisk and brief partnership from Shusma Verma and Jhulan Goswami, but the players were removed in consecutive overs before the pre-ultimate knock. Verma scored 33.
In the chase, Pakistan slumped fast. Opener Ayesha Zafar was taken by Bisht in the second over. Pacer Jhulan Goswami removed Javeria Khan in the fifth over. Sidra Nawaz followed in the next, while Iram Javed left the crease being attacked by Bisht. In 7.1 overs Pakistan fell to 4 for 14. The inning never recovered from this slog at the start. In the 29th over, Bisht removed Sandhu and Baig in consecutive deliveries, plummeting the team to 51 for 9. The last stand of Sana Mir was taken down after 10 more overs as she scored 29. The win was quick for India.
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