Edgbaston. The Indian women’s cricket team has made a great comeback in the Commonwealth Games (Commonwealth Games 2022). The team defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by 8 wickets in their second match (IND-W vs PAK-W). Opener batsman Smriti Mandhana remained unbeaten on 63 off 42 balls. Hit 8 fours and 3 sixes. The Indian team was defeated by Australia in the first match by 3 wickets. The match was reduced to 18-18 due to rain. Playing first, Pakistan’s team got out after scoring just 99 runs. In reply, under the leadership of Smriti Mandhana and Shefali Verma, the Indian team achieved the target for 2 wickets in 11.4 overs. That is, there was still 38 ball games left. The team will take on Barbados in their last league match so far on 3 August.
Chasing the target, the Indian women’s team started very aggressively. After the powerplay of 5 overs, the score was 52 runs without a wicket. Mandhana was playing 39 off 23 balls and Shefali Verma was playing 7 balls 12 runs. Indian batsmen hit 10 boundaries in the first 5 overs. It included 7 fours and 3 sixes. Mandhana completed her half-century off 31 balls. During this he hit 7 fours and 3 sixes. This is the 15th half-century of this 26-year-old batsman’s T20 International career.
Added 61 runs with Shefali
Smriti Mandhana and Shefali Verma added 61 runs for the first wicket in 5.5 overs. Shefali fell victim to leg-spinner Tuba Hassan by scoring 16 runs off 9 balls. But by then the Indian team had come a long way in the match. S Meghna landed at number-3. She got out after scoring 14 runs off 16 balls. He added 33 runs with Mandhana for the second wicket. When she got out, then the team had to score only 6 more runs to win. Jemima Rodriguez remained unbeaten by 2 runs.
Earlier, Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof won the toss and decided to bat. At one time the team’s score was 50 runs on one wicket. But the team lost the last 9 wickets for just 49 runs. Opener batsman Muniba Ali scored the highest 32 runs. At the same time, Alia Riaz contributed 18 runs. Sneh Rana took 2 wickets for 15 runs. Left arm spinner Radha Yadav also got 2 wickets. Apart from this, Shefali Verma, Renuka Singh and Meghna Singh also took one wicket each.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 31, 2022, 18:45 IST