India v Pakistan, WT20 2016 qualification play-off, Sylhet April 2, 2014

India wrap up 2016 berth with narrow win

ESPNcricinfo staff

India Women 106 for 7 (Mithali Raj 39, Sania Khan 3-15) beat Pakistan Women 100 for 9 (Nahida Khan 26, Nida Dar 24*, Soniya Dabir 3-14) by 6 runs

India Women booked a place in the 2016 Women's World T20 with a narrow win over Pakistan Women in the qualification play-off in Sylhet. Six teams - the four semifinalists and the two winners of the play-off games - qualify directly for the next edition of the tournament, while the other teams go into a separate qualifying tournament.

Chasing 107, Pakistan lost wickets regularly, three of them to medium-pacer Soniya Dabir, but useful knocks from their No. 3 Nahida Khan and No. 9 Nida Dar had kept them in the hunt. At the start of the final over, Pakistan needed 17 to win with two wickets in hand and Nida at the crease on 19. Shubhlakshmi Sharma conceded a four to Batool Fatima second ball of the over, and a two and a leg-bye of the next two balls to leave Pakistan needing nine off the last two. Fatima, however, was run-out off the penultimate ball and Nida only managed a single off the last ball, leaving India winners by six runs.

Having chosen to bat, India's top three made decent starts but nobody kicked on to make a big score as the rest of the batting collapsed. Mithali Raj hung around to make 39 and was sixth out, off the penultimate ball of the innings, as India lost their way, going from 64 for 1 to 106 for 7. Medium-pacer Sania Khan was Pakistan's most successful bowler, with three wickets.

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  • Asif on April 3, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Hafeez resigned. Sana please follow the steps. Regarding India, first I congratulate them, but I think they can do much better. I think it has been a series of bad luck - it was once considered to be top 4 women's team in the world. I hope it regains that stature and someday bring the cup to subcontinent. Regarding Pakistan, they just lack consistency in winning. At some point they were in the same league as SL and SA - now both teams have surpassed Pakistan (sson Ireland will do the same). Its a shame. We have a loser captain (and probably the coach too) that does not get a hint when to leave. Its sad, rather than fighting with each other we could build strong teams by playing with each other more often. But I guess that will never happen.

  • Rakesh on April 3, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    @lovepork - You are joking right? It was a 6th place eliminator not the race for the title. There is no way we can have a double whammy. And what revenge are u talking about. We always win against them in World cup matches which matters the most so there is no revenge only joy of success.

  • Rakesh on April 3, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Indian womens team is miserable in this format. The can hardly score at 6 rpo. Mithali Raj is a class player but even she gets boggde down. They should have won comfortably against minnows but they themselves play like one.

  • Rajeash on April 3, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    yes good and super india...........

  • Naresh on April 3, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    BCCI has done little to promote womens cricket. Of late it has become bad in that very few tour matches are arranged before these big events. This is not so with NZ, AUST,ENG and SA who are match ready.

  • HAFIZ IRFAN on April 3, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Congrats to team India....but they are much stronger side than was very good fight by Pakistan...soon we will be having upper hand... in the end Ind did well so they deserved it Well done team Pakistan..Better luck next time

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Congrats India Team. But none of the Asian Teams is playing semi final like Mens Cricket. So sad about it.

  • Karthikeyan on April 3, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    Again! Pak is always beaten by India, let it be men/women/U19. Thats why, Pak celebrated the win in Asia cup league match, as it is very rare. For pak, they don't want cup, only win over India! But they dont get both.

  • Mullah on April 2, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    Wow, after men beat Pakistan in T20, the brave Indian ladies also took a revenge. Salute you women in Blue, we want you to be champion, so India can bring double wammy home. All the best ladies

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Yeah congratulations to Indian team. They hold the nerve. 106 was a low total but top bowling. They kept Pakistan in check. Well done.

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