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ICC Women’s Cup 2017: Clinical India crush Pakistan, make it three in three

India clinched their third straight game in the ICC Women’s World Cup with left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht’s five-wicket haul handing them a 95-run victory.

cricket Updated: Jul 02, 2017 23:19 IST
India comfortably beat Pakistan by 95 runs after a prolific spell by Ekta Bisht in the ICC Women’s World Cup.
India comfortably beat Pakistan by 95 runs after a prolific spell by Ekta Bisht in the ICC Women’s World Cup.(AP)

Riding on Ekta Bisht’s second career five-wicket haul, India thrashed Pakistan by 95 runs to register their third consecutive win in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 on Sunday. (HIGHLIGHTS)

India completed a ‘perfect 10’ over their arch-rivals in ODIs with the convincing victory, having gone into the game with a 9-0 record.

Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht’s figures of 5/18 is the best bowling figures by an Indian in Women’s World Cup history. India scored 169/9 in 50 overs and bundled out Pakistan for 74 in 38.1 overs.

Early strike

Defending a total of 169 on a tricky Derby wicket, Ekta provided India the early breakthrough as she got rid of the in-form Ayesha Zafar for 1. The Pakistan opener played the wrong line to be trapped in front.

India pacer Jhulan Goswami, the leading wicket-taker in women’s ODIs, joined the party as she removed No 3 Javeria Khan in the fifth over.

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Ekta Bisht then got the wickets of Sidra Nawaz and Iram Javed in a span of 10 balls to leave Pakistan reeling at 20/4 after 10 overs.

Pakistan had lost half their side in the 14th over when Deepti Sharma beat the defence of Nain Abidi and the ball crashed onto the stumps.

India’s review success

Mansi Joshi, the medium pacer who replaced all-rounder Shikha Pandey, sent back Asmavia Iqbal for a duck. The right-hander was given not out by the on-field umpire but Indian captain Mithali Raj opted for the Decision Review System (DRS). Replays showed a faint edge off the bat of Asmavia and Pakistan lost their sixth wicket.

A partnership was then building between Nahida Khan, Pakistan’s leading run-getter in the tournament, and skipper Sana Mir, when India struck as Harmanpreet Kaur removed Nahida for 26.

Ekta completed her second five-wicket haul with wickets of Nashra Sandhu and Diana Baig off successive deliveries to be on a hattrick.

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“It feels good, the plan was to pile on the dot balls because we were confident of (defending) the total,” Ekta said.

“I don’t face much of a problem bowling with the new ball. The track spun more than it had during our game (opening win) against England. Irrespective of how the pitch is, my job is to bowl and take wickets, and I hope I can continue doing that for my team.”

Mansi bagged the last wicket as Pakistan were bundled out for 74 in 38.1 overs. Pakistan slumped to their third consecutive defeat in the tournament.

Their skipper rued poor shot selection by the top-order. “This has been our best bowling performance against India. As Mithali said, the last 20-30 runs we gave away helped them,” Sana Mir said.

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“Our fielding was good, Diana brings a lot of spark to the team, she is a great athlete. Nashra Sandhu, who was our best bowler in the qualifier, bowled very well. The top order played too many cross-bat shots, and if you play those shots against disciplined bowling, then you can’t do much about it.”

India, after opting to bat, lost in-form opener Smriti Mandhana cheaply. But Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma stitched together a 67-run second wicket partnership before the former fell to Nashra for 47 (72 balls).

Mithali, Harmanpreet Kaur and Mona Meshram failed to contribute in the middle-overs, but Sushma Verma’s 35-ball 33, which included three fours and a six, helped India play out the full 50 overs and end at 169/9.

Nashra Sandhu took four wickets while fellow left-arm spinner Sadia Yousuf returned figures of 2/30.

Australia, England, South Africa win

Australia, England and South Africa, meanwhile won their matches in the day’s other games in the Women’s World Cup.

Australia prevailed over New Zealand by five wickets, while England comfortably chased down Sri Lanka’s total of 204/8 with seven wickets to spare.

South Africa, on the other hand, cruised to a thumping 10-wicket win after bowling out West Indies for a paltry total of 48.