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5th Match, Group A, Birmingham, July 31, 2022, Commonwealth Games Women's Cricket Competition
(18/18 ov) 99
(11.4/18 ov, T:100) 102/2

IND Women won by 8 wickets (with 38 balls remaining)

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No presentation at the CWG, but if you're craving for more cricket this Sunday, then you've come to the right place. Jos Buttler has just won thetoss against South Africa in the 3rd T20I, Scotland are looking for a strong finish in their ODI against New Zealand, and Bangladesh are chasing a gettable total against Zimbabwe in Harare. Enjoy the action, and on behalf of Danyal and Vairavan, this is Sreshth saying bye bye.

2.22pm As for Pakistan, a forgettable Sunday. The big discussion point would be why they chose to bat first. Agreed that teams should go with their favourite strategy but it seemed that bowling first was the smartest choice, even if you prefer doing something else. The run-outs through the innings didn't help either, neither did the 49 dot balls in an 18-over innings.

Amit: "BRB-W should win against AUS to make this interesting"

2.15pm Now that's called domination. Mandhana finishes on an unbeaten 63 with a strike-rate of exactly 150. Her good friend Jemimah Rodrigues at the other end.

While Mandhana was the standout batter, Shafali's nine-ball 16 was also quite demoralising for Pakistan at the top. However, credit for India's win must go to their bowlers. Sneh Rana's 2 for 17 - including the wickets of Muneeba and Maroof - was the best spell of the day, but Radha, Renuka and Deepti kept things tight too. It's that sort of strangle that left Pakistan struggling for runs.

Pakistan are not eliminated yet, but they need an awful lot of things going their way to make the semis. India live to fight another day, and will hope Australia beat Barbados tonight for a direct knock-out fixture against the West Indian side in two days' time.

Paul: "Meghana isn't a pinch hitter! She's got the highest domestic list A average out of this bunch! Wanted a fast mithali? Here's a fast mithali"

Fatima Sana to Mandhana, FOUR runs

finishes off in style! Fullish outside off and she drags a boundary to cow corner to give Pakistan the knockout punch. India win by eight wickets

Fatima Sana to Rodrigues, 1 run

full just outside off but angling in. Driven to cover and off they go for a quick single

Paul: "@giza8774 pretty bad take. Have a look at the combined domestic records from past 3 years and there will be a standout for average and strike rate combined. Yes she was out of sorts today, and?"

Fatima Sana to Rodrigues, no run

full ball on off, and straight drive back to Sana

Fatima Sana to Mandhana, 1 run

full on off, and flicked to deep midwicket for one

Giza8774: "S Meghana is the best Number 3 Powar could find? Seriously?" -- She hit a 47-ball 73 in the Women's T20 Challenge that happened earlier this year. She is a boundary hitter. And also a 10-ball 17 on very tricky Sri Lankan pitches. Has an ODI strike-rate of 108 too. Boundary hitters are as important as a consistent anchor/accumulator. Looks like this is what India want with Smriti, Harmanpreet, Jemimah, Deepti and Yastika also in the XI

end of over 114 runs • 1 wicket
IND-W: 96/2CRR: 8.72 RRR: 0.71 • Need 5 runs from 42b
Smriti Mandhana58 (40b 7x4 3x6)
Jemimah Rodrigues1 (1b)
Omaima Sohail 3-0-20-1
Fatima Sana 2-0-15-0
Omaima Sohail to Mandhana, 1 run

full outside off, ends up as a full toss before Mandhana came down the ground. Driven to cover

Omaima Sohail to Rodrigues, 1 run

full on middle. Clipped off the front foot to square leg. Gets off the mark.

Omaima Sohail to Meghana, OUT

bowled her! Classical offspinner's wicket. Tosses it up just outside off. Meghana comes down the ground for a glory shot. Deceived, ball turns past the inside edge, and her middle stump is flattened.

Sabbhineni Meghana b Omaima Sohail 14 (16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 87.5
Omaima Sohail to Meghana, no run

short and wide, but the ball stays low. Meghana looks to cut, but misses

Omaima Sohail to Meghana, 2 runs

fullish, a bit wide outside off. Slaps it, mistimed, but lands in the gap between gully and point.

Omaima Sohail to Meghana, no run

short and wide. Trying to cut, but can't find the gap behind point

end of over 104 runs
IND-W: 92/1CRR: 9.20 RRR: 1.12 • Need 9 runs from 48b
Smriti Mandhana57 (39b 7x4 3x6)
Sabbhineni Meghana12 (12b 2x4)
Fatima Sana 2-0-15-0
Omaima Sohail 2-0-16-0
Fatima Sana to Mandhana, no run

full ball, around the stumps. On off stump. Crunches a straight drive but Fatima gets her boot down to stop the run

Fatima Sana to Meghana, 1 run

full and wide outside off. Gentle drive to the fielder in the deep for one

Fatima Sana to Mandhana, 1 run

driven towards cover for a single

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Fatima Sana to Meghana, 1 run

full toss bowling from wide of the crease. Almost waist-high on middle stump and Meghana bunts it straight past the stumps. Single

Fatima Sana to Mandhana, 1 run

full outside off, and driven along the carpet to deep extra cover

Fatima Sana to Mandhana, no run

played behind square, and Mandhana wants one, but is sent back. Direct hit from inside the circle, but she was in

Two big shots away from victory, India.

Chandra: "Humiliation " -- Yes, Pakistan will be very disappointed with this effort. Was it smart to bat first on a wicket that was covered overnight (along with morning rain today)? Didn't think so then, don't think so now, but Pakistan said they preferred to set up a total. So fair play to their strategy. At 99 all out, it was just not enough to put any pressure on India.

end of over 912 runs
IND-W: 88/1CRR: 9.77 RRR: 1.44 • Need 13 runs from 54b
Sabbhineni Meghana10 (10b 2x4)
Smriti Mandhana55 (35b 7x4 3x6)
Omaima Sohail 2-0-16-0
Tuba Hassan 2-0-18-1
Omaima Sohail to Meghana, FOUR runs

chipped over the bowler! And what placement. Full just outside off. Meghana comes down the ground and doesn't over-hit it. Offers the bat's full face and hits it well enough to leave the long-on fielder huffing and puffing!

Omaima Sohail to Meghana, FOUR runs

up and over cover. Full just outside off. Uses her feet to get to the pitch of the ball, and this time she gets under the ball to get the elevation off the bat

Omaima Sohail to Meghana, no run

full ball just outside off. Comes down the ground and mistimes a drive to mid off

Omaima Sohail to Meghana, no run

full outside off stump. Presses forward to push a shot to cover