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Here’s how the Indian women’s cricket team is inspiring Virat Kohli & Co

The Virat Kohli-lead team slumped to a defeat against West Indies on Sunday and Sanjay Bangar said that they will be taking inspiration from the Indian women’s team who are performing brilliantly in the ICC Women’s World Cup.

india vs west indies 2017 Updated: Jul 03, 2017 15:20 IST
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India's Ekta Bisht celebrates taking the wicket of Pakistan's Diana Baig in their ICC Women’s World Cup encounter.(Action Images via Reuters)

Indian men’s cricket team batting coach Sanjay Bangar has congratulated the women’s team for registering a crushing win over their arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Women’s World Cup, adding that the Men in Blue are taking inspiration from them.

Spinner Ekta Bisht wreaked havoc as India thrashed Pakistan by 95 runs to register their third consecutive win in the prestigious 50-over women’s tournament at Derby on Sunday.

Hailing the Mithali Raj-led side’s bowling performance, Bangar said he hopes that the women’s team could make up for men’s Champions Trophy loss by winning the World Cup.

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“I want to congratulate our Indian women’s cricket team. They won back to back three matches. Today as well, they needed to defend just 169 runs. So they displayed a spectacular bowling performance. We are getting inspired from them fully. They had already won three matches, but the tournament is very long,” Bangar told in an exclusive conversation with ANI.

“I hope the tempo and the early momentum they have got will continue. Hopefully, the women’s team could make up for Indian men’s Champions Trophy loss by winning the World Cup,” he added.

Defending a lowly target of 170 runs, the Indian eves were spectacular with the ball as they didn’t allow their arch-rival to claim a historic win and bowled out Pakistan for just 74 runs in 38.1 overs.

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Ekta started casting her magic from the very start and was absolutely lethal, giving nothing away and picking wickets right from the beginning.

Captain Sana Mir was the lone Pakistan batter who fought soulfully till the very end. However, her 29 runs off 73 balls couldn’t help her team register their first win of the tournament.

Ekta was the pick of the Indian bowlers as she picked up five wickets for just 18 runs in her allotted 10 overs. She was well supported by Mansi Joshi (2-9), Jhulan Goswami (1-12), Deepti Sharma (1-21) and Harmanpreet Kaur (1-6).

First Published: Jul 03, 2017 15:08 IST