ICC Women's World Cup: India started their campaign for the Women's World Cup by beating arch-rivals Pakistan


India: 244-6 (Pooja Bhastrakar 6, Sneha Rana 53)

Pakistan: 136 (Sidra Amin 30, Rajeshwari Gaikwad 4-31)

India won by 108 runs.

News Daily Digital Desk: The stage of the World Cup. India-Pakistan match. The outcome may be predictable. The India-Pakistan match of the ICC Women's World Cup is on its way. Team India started their campaign in the World Cup by defeating arch-rival Pakistan. The Indian women's team won by a huge margin of 108 runs.

Before this match, India was far ahead on loan and weight. Yet playing against arch-rival may have been a source of tension somewhere. That tension continues to grow because the start of the match was not good. India captain Mitali Raj decided to bat first after winning the toss in a tough match. India did not start well after batting first. Explosive opener Shefali Burma returned to the pavilion with zero runs. Then, however, Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma put up a resistance. Smriti played brilliant innings of 52 runs. Dipti scored 40 runs.

But then India lost several wickets in a short span of time. Mitali scored only 9 runs in the historic match. Bangakanya Richa Ghosh declared only 1. India lost 6 wickets for 114 runs at a time from two wickets for 98 runs. That disaster was handled by Pooja Bhastrakar and Sneha Rana. They quickly added 122 runs for the seventh wicket. Sneha scored 53 runs off just 46 balls. Pooja, however, grabbed the eye after playing an innings of 7 runs with only 59 balls. With the help of two lower-order batsmen, India reached a respectable score of 244 runs in the stipulated 50 overs.

Batting in reply, Pakistan slowly recovered from the start. In the beginning, the Pak openers made a plan to tie the knot by saving wickets. But that plan was thwarted by Rajeshwari Gaikwad of India. He returned Pak opener, Javira Khan, for 28 runs. Pakistan's second wicket fell for 53 runs. From then on the breakdown started. One by one the batter came and went back. Pakistan could not build resistance against Indian bowlers in that way. As a result, their innings ended with only 136 runs. This big win against arch-rivals at the start of the World Cup campaign will give Women in Blue extra confidence.

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