India beat Pakistan in Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 by 7 wickets in a Group B match.
India started well and had a fruitful powerplay, but opener Yastika Bhatia fell after a painful 17 off 20 balls. Shafali Verma, on the other hand, scored rapidly to keep the Indian scoreboard going, pushing the total above 50 in 7 overs. However, India suffered a setback when Verma was removed towards the midway point of the innings, leaving India with 85 runs to score in the last ten overs. The ship was then steadied by Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur for the ladies in Blue. With their captain gone, India is in a difficult situation, requiring 55 from the next six overs. With their captain gone, India seemed to be in a difficult situation, requiring 55 from the last six overs. However, Rodrigues’ cool head and huge knocks from Richa Ghosh late in the innings enabled India accomplish the mark with seven balls to spare.
Earlier, India’s bowlers were on point from the outset, with Deepti Sharma scoring the first run in the PowerPlay, but the ladies in green rallied with Muneeba Ali and Bismah Maroof. However, after the Powerplay, Pakistan lost two early wickets as Radha Yadav and Pooja Vastrakar struk in consecutive overs. Following that, Bismah Maroof’s smooth fifty and Ayesha Naseem’s powerful punches powered Pakistan to 149/4 in 20 overs.
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Pakistan, however, won the toss and chose to bat. Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof said that the decision to bat first was made after seeing the dry surface. Harmanpreet also said that if she had won the toss, she would have chosen to bat first in Women’s T20 World Cup 2023