India still remain on the top of the table of Group B. Photo courtesy: ICC's Twitter handle
India still remain on the top of the table of Group B. Photo courtesy: ICC’s Twitter handle

India fell short of two runs according to Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method after the match was stopped due to rain after playing 16 overs. Had it not poured in Delhi, India’s effort towards the end defending their target of 97 would have gone their way. Pakistan were 77 for 6 in 16 overs with Muneeba Ali and Nidar Dar at crease on 12 and 0 respectively. The player of the match was Pakistan’s Anam Amin for her 1 for 9 from her four overs. With this win, India are still on the top of Points Table of ICC Women’s World T20 2016 with a better run rate and Pakistan despite winning Saturday’s fixture are on the third spot. Live Cricket Score, India Women vs Pakistan Women, Women’s T20 World Cup 2016, IND W vs PAK W, Match 7 Group B at Delhi

The match turned out to be interesting towards the end when two run outs happened in the 16th over that saw Asmavia Iqbal and Pakistan’s Sana Mir walk back to the dugout in two successive deliveries. Poonam Yadav bowled that over, who began with three runs off the first three balls of that over before the excellent run outs. Poonam failed to make any breakthrough from her two overs giving 12 runs. However, Mithali Raj’s change in bowling options worked for Team India and bringing in Poonam towards the end when matching was slipping from the hand happened to be the best decision of the skipper.

Shikha Pandey made the first breakthrough for India when she dismissed Nahida Khan in her first over against Pakistan after the Indians were restricted at 96 for 7 in 20 overs. Nahida faced the first delivery of Paksitan’s chase and in no time she went after India’s Anuja Patil in the first over with two back to back boundaries, immediately putting pressure on the spinner. Shikha who began with a wide eventually turned a decent over into a good one for India by removing Nahida on the final delivery of the 3rd over.

Nahida who had been playing loose shots once again tried for a big one but managed to hit the inswinger from Shikha till the mid on where Harmanpreet Kaur completed a catch. That dismissal left Pakistan at 19 for 1 from 3 overs, still needed another 78 runs off 17 overs.  Shikha finished with figures of 1 for 5 from four overs.

Jhulan Goswami, the spearhead of Team India made the second breakthrough for India, once taking off a little pressure from the Indian side. The next over from Shikha however was an expensive one with Sidra Ameen smashing her for two boundaries. The Indians however maintained their patience and struck next five overs later when Rajeshwari Gayakwad removed the set batsman Sidra Ameen. The field set was commendable as Mithali brought the fielders in and tempted the opposition to go for the big hits.

Sidra as expected while trying for a sweep shot missed it miserably to get her stumps smacked and left Pakistan at 48 for 2. The very next over, Harmanpreet Kaur dismissed new player in, Bismah Maroof on the last delivery of the 10th over. The duo of Muneeba Ali and Iram Javed took charge as they brought in run freely and a win for India looked far away. The Delhi crowd went wild when Goswami suddenly struck. An incredible catch from the Indian skipper saw the women supporters in the stands bow down loving that effort. Iram did not last more the 14 balls after getting caught by Mithali Raj at covers.

Earlier, an excellent bowling effort from Pakistan restricted India at 96 for 7 in 20 overs during their Group B match of ICC Women’s World T20 2016 at Delhi on Saturday. Barring Bismah Maroof, all the other Pakistani bowlers—Anam Ami, Sana Mir, Asmavia Iqbal, Sadia Yousuf and Nida Dar—picked a wicket each. India’s Veda Krishnamurthy top-scored with her knock of 24 off 19 balls and her inning was inclusive of three boundaries.

Brief scores:

India 97 for 7 in 20 overs (Veda Krishnamurthy 24; Anam Ami 1 for 9) lost to Pakistan 77 for 6 in 16 overs (Sidra Ameen 26; Jhulan Goswami 1 for 14) by 2 runs accoring to D/L method.

(Sakshi Gupta, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a sports fanatic whose mantra in life is “do only what you enjoy.” Her Twitter handle is @sakshi2929)