A solid bowling performance followed by a brilliant opening stand between Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma helped India to an eight-wicket win over Pakistan in the Commonwealth Games 2022 at Edgbaston.
India rolled over the 100-run target with eight wickets in hand and as many as 38 balls spare.
India were provided a solid start to their run chase by left-handed Mandhana as her flurry of boundaries helped them cross the fifty-run mark inside the powerplay, which was reduced to five overs after the match started late because of a rain delay and the T20I affair curtailed to 18 overs.
India’s both wickets fell to spinners, Shafali Verma, came off leg-spinner Tuba Hasan and Sabbhineni Meghana bowled by Omaima Sohail.
Pakistan, after electing to bat, were all out for 99. Wicketkeeper-batter Muneeba Ali top scored with 30-ball 32. India’s Sneh Rana and Radha Yadav picked up two wickets each, while Renuka Singh, Meghna Singh and Shafali shared three wickets equally.
Pakistan will play their last match of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday against Australia.
Scores in brief:
Pakistan Women 99 all out, 18 overs (Muneeba Ali 32; Sneh Rana 2-15, Radha Yadav 2-18)
India Women 102 for 2, 11.4 overs (Smriti Mandhana 63 not out)
Australia take on Barbados in their second match of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday, 31 July.