Mithali Raj guides India to 7-wicket win over Pakistan

Tanya Simon
November 12, 2018

The Women's World T20 match will start at 11 am local time, 8:30 pm IST and 4 pm BST. The live stream will be available on Hotstar.

Harmanpreet Kaur's 51-ball 103 and teenager Jemimah Rodrigues' matured fifty helped India post a mammoth total of 194 on the board after which spinners Poonam Yadav and Dayalan Hemalatha skittled New Zealand's chase by picking up six wickets between them.

The contest was as good as over for New Zealand after Bates' dismissal and India kept up the pressure on their opponents.

In the day's second match, Australia defeated Pakistan by 52 runs. With veteran spinner Sana Mir failing to get among the wickets, the Women in Green conceded 165.

Bismah Maroof with Omaima Sohail taking a superb catch at deep square leg. Pakistan's eventual total was also reduced to 133/5 from 135/5.This is not the first time Pakistan have been guilty of this, with the players being warned even during their previous series against Sri Lanka.

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With the win on Sunday, India (with four points) made a big step towards making it to the semifinals from the five-team Group B. Two teams each from the two groups qualify for the semifinals.

However, Harmanpreet and Jemimah had other ideas, adding runs at a quick pace, which included a phase when India scored 56 runs in five overs.

Pakistan thought they had scrambled a run off the final ball of their innings, their highest World T20 total, but the formidable umpire Sue Redfern, the former England global, informed them that in running down the line of the stumps again they had incurred a second penalty.

Half-centuries from Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar for Pakistan in the first innings ensured a competitive match but Javeria Khan's side were penalised 10 runs after batters twice ran on the danger area.

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