Player of the Match
Player of the Match
33dThe Report by Alagappan Muthu

Mithali Raj fifty steers India to victory

Her 16th T20I half-century wrapped up India's victory over Pakistan with six balls and seven wickets to spare

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

M Raj
56(47) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 15 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 12 6 16 2 5 15
Bismah Maroof
53(49) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 11 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
13 2 6 3 9 3 1 16

Best performances - Bowlers

Poonam Yadav
O4
M0
R22
W2
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
D Hemalatha
O4
M0
R34
W2
Eco8.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

END OF OVER:
19 | 11 Runs | IND-W: 127/3 (7 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.68, RRR: 7.00)

  • V Krishnamurthy8 (5b)
  • H Kaur14 (13b)
  • Aliya Riaz2-0-21-0
  • Diana Baig3-0-19-1

That's all we have, thanks for your company, see ya!

"We bowled well at the start. Disappointed with the way we fielder," India captain Harmanpreet Kaur says. "In short format, it's very important how we bowl or bat in the first six overs. The bowlers did well there. Mithali is a key player and we have to use her in a smart way. Pakistan are a good bowling side, she's very good against spin and that's why we played her up there, it was a decision by the coach and me. We just told her to spend time on the wicket [about Mandhana] and very happy she did. Long way to go. We have two games left. We are on the right track"

"We've been wokring really hard, the coach has been working hard to empower the players, giving us confidence and we're really glad they're here with us," Pakistan captain Javeria Khan says. "We were told to play fearless cricket and despite losing wickets, we could still go for our shots and thats how Nida and Bismah played. We came here to play fearless cricket and I"m sure both those girls will inspire the rest of the team to build more partnerships and hopefully get wins. [Penalties] I had a chat. They told me that after warning the players three times, they gave the penalties. It's unprofessionalism on our part because we were warned. it's not happened the first time. It's happened in the Sri Lanka series as well. The way our bowlers bowled, maybe they could have been better. After being penalised by 10 runs, we made them reach the 19th over and if we could have executed our plans better, we could have contained them better. Really happy with the girls and the coaches have said it's not the result that matters its the way we play that's how we inspire young girls and that's how we'd get them to come forward and play cricket and keep us strong"

Mithali Raj is the Player of the Match: [Who wrote the book that you were reading in the World Cup last year?] I don't know. By default, all my years I've been in the middle. So I enjoy being there and I would like to continue batting there. I enjoy opening. I enjoy batting No. 3. At the end of the day, I just enjoy batting. Chasing puts a little pressure, to keep up the run-rate, but that's is what I enjoy. [You're not captain anymore] I just know that I have a lot of time to read in the room. There's no doubt that we will get to play the semi-final. But as we go forward, we'll be playing the best teams and we have to get our A games to match

2.05 pm India dropped four catches. Most of them quite easy. But they needn't worry about that problem now having beaten Pakistan by seven wickets and that's largely because of their batting. Mithali Raj cruised to a half-century. Smriti Mandhana was beautiful to watch for as long as she was out there. And don't forget, they got 10 bonus runs before a ball was even bowled, a penalty to Pakistan for their batsmen running down the danger area of the pitch

18.6
4
Aliya Riaz to Krishnamurthy, FOUR runs, Launches it over midwicket and there's India's win
18.5
2
Aliya Riaz to Krishnamurthy, 2 runs, dropped but this is a very very tough catch as well, with extra cover running back, Baig tracks it very well actually, sticking out her right hand and in the end it had to stick. Krishnamurthy's loft just about works
18.4
2
Aliya Riaz to Krishnamurthy, 2 runs, makes room lashes the full delivery outside off to long-off
18.3
0
Aliya Riaz to Krishnamurthy, no run, run-out chance? We're going to the third umpire with Krishnamurthy in trouble. She steers the ball to point and gets off for a single. There really isn't one, which is what Harmanpreet says, sending her partner back and a desperate, full-length dive saves her in the end
18.2
0
Aliya Riaz to Krishnamurthy, no run, looks for a late cut, but she doesn't connect
18.1
1
Aliya Riaz to Kaur, 1 run, works it to long-on

IND Women 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st73M RajS Mandhana
2nd28M RajJI Rodrigues
3rd25M RajH Kaur
4th11H KaurV Krishnamurthy