India beat Pak in opening match of women's T20 world cup

Wednesday 15th February 2023 05:00 EST

In the opening match of the Women's T20 World Cup, Jemimah Rodrigues helped India beat Pakistan by seven wickets while displaying steely nerves. In T20 cricket, India had its highest-ever successful chase.
At the Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, India and Pakistan played out a contest befitting the hype surrounding it. India chased down a highly competitive target of 150 with six balls to spare.
While Player of the Match, Jemimah, led the chase with her unbeaten 53 runs in 38 balls, teammates Shafali Verma (33) and Richa Ghosh (31), who won the U-19 World Cup, also played significant contributions. India was always in the chase, especially with wickets in hand, despite a few glitches and a run rate that once reached 10 per over. Pakistan was undone by some below-average fielding and lack of bowling options in the death overs.
India got off to a strong start because to Yastika Bhatia (17) and Shafali, but left-arm spinner Nashra Sandhu (2/15) held the side back. In the 14th over, when captain Harmanpreet Kaur (16) returned to the dugout, Jemimah took on the duty of leading the team with some innovative hitting.
Earlier, given the conditions, both teams went for spin-heavy playing XIs. Pakistan opted to bat and their star of the day was Ayesha Naseem (43 no), who stole the limelight from their inform skipper Bismah, who top-scored with a 55-ball 68.

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