Birmingham. Harmanpreet Kaur made a good start with the bat in the Commonwealth Games. In the first match (Commomwelath Games 2022), he scored a half-century, but T20 world champion Australia won the exciting match. Kangaroo team lost 5 wickets for 49 runs. Ashley Gordner snatched victory from India’s jaws with an unbeaten half-century. On the other hand, Pakistan team lost by 15 runs against Barbados in the first match. On Sunday, now the women’s teams of India and Pakistan will face-to-face. There is going to be a T20 match between the two after 4 years. The record of the Indian team is excellent against the arch-rivals.
Smriti Mandhana had a good start against Australia. Although she could not play big innings. Young batsman Shefali Verma and captain Harmanpreet Kaur batted well to take the score to 154 runs. Fast bowler Renuka Singh took 4 wickets for 18 runs. But he did not get the support of other bowlers. Meghna Singh conceded 38 runs in 4 overs. On the other hand, spinners Radha Yadav and Rajeshwari Gaikwad also could not leave an impact. Pooja Vastrakar could not play this match due to Corona. She is an important player of the team. Its effect was also seen on the match.
Nida Dar’s half-century, yet the team lost
On the other hand Pakistan was defeated by Barbados. Playing first, Barbados had scored 144 runs for 4 wickets. In reply, Pakistan’s team could score only 129 runs for 6 wickets with the help of 50 not out from Nida Dar. In the first match, his bowlers could not leave any impact. At the same time, the team had lost 4 big wickets for 49 runs. In such a situation, the team would like to gain momentum. Captain Bismah Mahroof could only score 12 runs.
India won 9 out of 11 matches
So far 11 T20 matches have been played between India and Pakistan women’s team. Indian team has won 9 while Pakistan has won 2 matches. The last encounter between the two took place in November 2018. Then the Indian team got an easy victory by 7 wickets. In Group A, the team of Barbados is at number-1 while Australia is at number-2. India is at number three and Pakistan is at number four. In such a situation, both the teams would like to win the first and get the first point. Only 2 teams from the group will go to the semi-file. In such a situation, this match is going to be very important for both.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 30, 2022, 17:20 IST