Ind v Pak, Women's World Cup 2013, Cuttack February 7, 2013

India finish seventh after Raj ton


India 195 for 4 (Raj 103*) beat Pakistan 192 for 7 (Dar 68*, Abidi 58) by six wickets

Mithali Raj's fourth ODI century, which came one match too late, helped India maintain their unbeaten record against Pakistan and end their World Cup campaign with a consolation victory. The six-wicket win helped India end the tournament at seventh place.

No team had chased more than 105 at the Barabati Stadium during the tournament. However, once the Pakistan batting eventually clicked, the sizeable crowd - expectedly the biggest turnout so far - knew that India had to bat very well in order to chase down a respectable target of 193.

India lost Poonam Raut cheaply for the second time in as many games, falling over while attempting an on drive, trapped in front of the wicket. Mithali walked in at No.3 and looked in sound touch and though she had started off on a similar note against Sri Lanka, she made sure she stayed till the end.

When Raj and the left-handed opener Thirush Kamini were looking set for a big partnership, the opener perished, holing out to Sana Mir at mid-off off Bismah Maroof with the score on 51. Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur were untroubled by the Pakistan bowlers. Raj did the bulk of the scoring, charging down the wicket and lofting the offspinner Mir straight and following it up with a square cut through point off the next ball.

Four balls after the halfway mark, Kaur perished, thanks to a run out. Shortly after, the offspinner Nida Dar sneaked through Sulakshana Naik's defence to leave India at 108 for 4. Raj found an able partner in Reema Malhotra. While Malhotra focused on rotating the strike, Raj went after the Pakistan bowlers at will.

Once India crossed the 150 mark, Raj cut loose and eventually reached her century to robust cheers from the crowd after pulling Dar for a one-bounce boundary through midwicket. India thus overhauled the target with four overs to spare.

Pakistan's decision to bat first appeared surprising, considering they came into this game on the back of totals of 84, 104 and 81. However, fifties by Nain Abidi and Nida Dar, and the duo's 80-run stand for the fifth wicket helped Pakistan post a better total.

The pair not only resurrected Pakistan's innings but also helped them register their highest ever total in World Cup matches, also their fifth-highest total overall. Despite losing Abidi while attempting to push the scoring, Dar remained unbeaten, raising the third-highest individual score for a Pakistani in international women's cricket.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • David on February 10, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    Well done to the Indian ladies team. Sad to see Mithali Raj perform just when it LEAST mattered. This seems to be the perenial problem for both the mens' and womens' teams - performing just when it DOESN'T matter. Both the mens' and womens' teams could learn a thing or two from the Aussies and Proteas when it comes to consistent performances!! Well, let's hope for a better performance next time...whenever that may be!!

  • Pratik on February 8, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    @heartbreakerz - no we do care overall, let few years pass by i am 100% sure India will be far ahead of Pakistan overall - Only Condition poor Pakistanis gets to play India

  • imran on February 8, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    @Fijicricket...hahaha, i hope u remember the overall records in both odis n tests. Pakistan is far ahead of India, now don't tell me that u guys care only about wc results...

  • Sanjay on February 7, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    Congratulations India. for keeping the no loss record to Pakistan in any world cups be it 20/20, odi or womens cricket. The record now in World Cups is a 9-0 whitewash.

  • vishal on February 7, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    World cup is lost but this is just too sweet!! Bravo girls!! Excellent job!

  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    well done India.Keep it up.I pray for u that u should go in final and win it

  • Philip on February 7, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Well done India. Well... when you see nations with less cash in their coffers performing well what can you say? I really do hope that Little Sri Lanka do well. They have show grit and determination.

    The ladies needed much support from the BCCI in spirit and in deed. Enough said.

  • Sanjay on February 7, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Congrats India. While this victory was expected, it was never going to be a formality as Pakistan's performance proves. I suspect Pak batted 1st in order to put pressure on India chasing as we've never chased more than 230 successfully. Add the disappointment of crashing out just hours earlier and having to make the flight to Cuttack at short notice, India were defn there for the taking.

    Mithali was batting very well against SL too, I disagree the century came "too late", rather it was a poor team performance against SL that was the reason for the heavy defeat, the match wasn't even close. You can't expect individual performances to win you a match everytime while the others do little of note. I hope Mithali isn't made the scapegoat for the early exit.

  • mahesh on February 7, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    yep th century came a match late! but no probs well tried n well played

  • atlas on February 7, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    okay congrats india hope we will win some matches next time we are not that good yet.

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