Jemimah Rodrigues, Richa Ghosh help India beat Pakistan at Newlands. Chasing 150 to win, India got off to a steady start and had a productive powerplay but opener Yastika Bhatia was dismissed for 17 off 20 balls.
Shafali Verma, on the other hand, scored quick runs and took the Indian scoreboard past 50 in 7 overs. However, India suffered a setback when Verma was dismissed near the halfway point of the innings, leaving India with 85 runs in the last 10 overs.
Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur then steadied the ship for the Ladies in Blue. But with the departure of their skipper, India are in a tough spot and need 55 runs from the last six overs.
But with the departure of their captain, India looked to be in a difficult position with 55 needed off the last six overs. However, a steady header from Rodrigues, coupled with a big hit from Richa Ghosh towards the end of the innings, helped India reach the target with seven balls to spare.
Earlier, India’s bowlers were on the money from the start as Deepti Sharma was the first to strike in the powerplay, but the Ladies in Green made good recoveries with Muneeba Ali and Bismah Maroof.
But after the powerplay, Radha Yadav and Pooja Vastrakar lost quick wickets in back to back overs. Thereafter, Bismah Maroof, who hit a fluent half-century, and Ayesha Naseem’s sharp hitting took Pakistan to 149/4 in 20 overs.
Meanwhile, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat. Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof said that the decision to bat first was taken after looking at the wicket, which was dry. Harmanpreet also said that she would have preferred to bat first if she had won the toss.
By BEDGE SHUBHRAJ
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