On the second day of the ICC World Cup, India faced Pakistan for their first match of the tournament.
Keep reading to see a detailed review of the game.
India vs. Pakistan
India won their opening encounter of the 2022 Women’s World Cup against Pakistan by 107 runs at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui to start out the tournament with a bang. Defending the 245-run target, the Indian bowlers kept a decent line and length throughout their run-chase to stay a lid on the scoring rate. Furthermore, Jhulan Goswami and Sneh Rana claimed two wickets each, while Rajeshwari Gayakwad proved to be the foremost lethal bowler with four in her quota of 10 overs.
Earlier, India batters recovered well to post 244/7 in 50 overs. Smriti Mandhana, Sneh Rana, and Pooja Vastrakar scored half-centuries to take the innings total past the 240-run mark. Rana and Pooja added a 100 run partnership for the seventh wicket as India scored freely towards the top of the innings despite losing wickets regularly. Furthermore, for Pakistan, Nida Dar and Nashra Sandhu picked two wickets each. Mithali Raj won the toss for India and decided to bat. Runners-up within the 2017 and 2005 editions, India wants to go one step ahead and claim the title that has escaped them. Furthermore, skipper Mithali Raj and veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami, who are playing their last World Cup.
For India’s first game in ICC Women’s World Cup, they played the Pakistan Women’s team. Overall, India portrayed a really amazing performance. The fans were filled with sheer excitement seeing the Indian team perform so well.
A splendid 100 run partnership by Pooja Vastrakar and Sneh Rana gave India the the advantage against Pakistan. Furthermore, Pooja scored 67, and Sneh scored 53 for a centurion partnership.
The partnership helped India cross the 200 mark in the game.
The match held a bitter disappointment for the Pakistani team and the fans. In the match, India dominated all spheres of the game. The women took every opportunity they got and exceeded all the expectations.
Will the Pakistani side find their drive and perform better in the next game?
Will the Indian women be able to persist this performance in the coming games?
We shall get the answers to these questions as we move forward in the competition.
The Indian Playing XI- Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Mithali Raj(c), Richa Ghosh(w), Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
The Pakistan Playing XI- Javeria Khan, Sidra Ameen, Bismah Maroof(c), Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Sidra Nawaz(w), Diana Baig, Nashra Sandhu, Anam Amin