By Juili Ballal (https://pocketsizeddynamo.blogspot.com/) – November 11, 2018
If it was the skipper Harmanpreet Kaur in the first match, then it is the former captain Mithali Raj in the second, who steered India to an easy win against arch rivals Pakistan on Sunday at Providence Stadium, Guyana. Pushing down the 2000+ runs scorer in T20I lower down the order in the first match, Mithali was back to opening the batting in the second game. Raj scored a delightful 56 off just 47 balls, including seven boundaries. An epitome of splendid strokeplay and class, the veteran cricketer took India to a clincical win.
Batting first, Pakistan posted 133-7 in 20 overs, thanks to couple of half centuries by Bismah Maroof (53) and Nida Dar (52) in the middle order. It was again the Indian spinners that came to party, with Dayalan Hemalatha and Poonam Yadav scalping two victims each. Chasing a not so daunting total, India got off to a flyer with an opening stand of 73 in 9.3 overs. Harmanpreet Kaur (14 not out) and Veda Krishnamurthy (8 not out) completed the formalities as the Women in Blue chased down the target in 19 overs, winning the match by seven wickets. Mithali Raj bagged the Player of the Match award for her brilliant batting performance.
India take on Ireland on Thursday in its third Group stage match.
Brief Score: Pakistan Women 133-7 in 20 overs (B Maroof 53, N dar 52; D Hemalatha 2-34, P Yadav 2-22) lost to India Women 137-3 in 19 overs (M Raj 56, S Mandhana 26; N Dar 1-17) by seven wickets
Picture Courtesy: ICC