holes out to long-on finally as she tries to swat this length ball outside off. India in Women's World Cups against Pakistan: Played four, won four.
8.45pm It turned out to be a one-sided fare in the end, but trust me, this game was on an absolute knife's edge 30 overs into India's innings. When they slumped to 114 for 6, it looked as if Pakistan could cause a huge stir. Then they saw Pooja Vastrakar and Sneh Rana put on an exhilarating century stand to set up the game, before their experienced bowlers came through to give India an emphatic win.
Jhulan and Meghna were superb upfront with the new ball, then Rajeshwari came into her own, bringing to the fore her flight and guile to take 4 for 31 to rip the heart out of the Pakistan batting. There on, there was no looking back. Diana Baig late in the order tried to play some strokes, otherwise the batting was largely poor and need to lift themselves massively to take on Australia's might on Tuesday. Thanks for joining us. Look forward to your company right through the tournament.
Mithali Raj: Relieved to have won the first game but there are a lot of things we have to work on. When you lose wickets like that, it puts pressure. Very important partnership between Pooja and Sneh got us back. Important the top order scores runs, we'll want to address that. When you have allrounders like Sneh, Pooja and Deepti, it strengthens both departments. We have a couple of days, Pooja will definitely recover and be fit for the next game."
No prizes for guessing. Pooja Vastrakar is the Player of the Match for her breezy 67. "Very happy for my first Player of the Match, that too in a World Cup game," she says. "The focus was to get the team towards 200, planned my batting with that in mind. I love batting under pressure. In domestic cricket, coaches always send me out to bat when the team is under pressure. Batters said the surface was slow, so we shouldn't aim too high."
Bismah Maroof: I think we bowled well, we were in the game but bowled loose balls. Pooja and Sneh Rana played very well, credit to them. We gave away easy runs to them, we were sloppy on the field, we didn't put them under pressure. We leaked runs in the middle, don't think I'd change anything in hindsight with regards to us wanting to bowl. Our batting has to improve, our shot selection wasn't good, we'll work on it ahead of the next game."
nice and full on the stumps, defended into the covers
attempts a leg-side muscle over deep square but is beaten
looks to arch back and upper cut but the ball got to her a lot slower than she anticipated
swings across the line, misses
beaten by the nip off the deck, her natural delivery is one that leaves the right-hander
beaten by a full delivery that tails away
squirted to deep midwicket as she looks to loft it over the bowler's head
off a thick inside edge onto the pad as she attempts another slog, they take a quick single
slapped back down the ground, lovely hit. Brute force to the fore
another big mow across the line, beaten
Sanjay : "Great comeback by Indian team from 118/6. 100 run partnership between Pooja and Sneh bringing India into the game Aggressive batting and scoring quick runs. Both didn't have any big scores prior to this match but have risen to the occasion under lot of pressure. Kudos to the girls. Indian bowling has been terrific putting Pakistan under lot of pressure. "
beaten as she swings across the line
looks to slog that out of the park but is in no position with the head falling over as she advances, squeezed past the bowler
taps it wide of point for a single
tossed up on the stumps, defended
the ball spins away from the point fielder as Amin drives, through her legs, two runs when it should've been none. Meghna Singh the fielder
steps out and drills this straight hit to long-off who comes around to cut that off
goes for a wild slog across the line, can only toe-end it as far as short midwicket as they scamper a single
steered down to third man
|Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui|
|Toss||India Women, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||WODI no. 1247|
|Match days||6 March 2022 - daynight (50-over match)|
|Points||India Women 2, Pakistan Women 0|