- Akash Vaishnav
Women’s T20 World Cup: It is always lovely to see women cricketers making a real case for themselves in the competitive era. The women cricketers have raised their bar to a great extent.
Today, we are able to witness more international and domestic matches featuring women cricketers. Meanwhile, the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 is currently held in South Africa.
Interestingly, Sunday’s epic encounter between India Women and Pakistan Women certainly lived up to the expectations of the fans of both teams.
Batting first, Pakistan Women set up a target of 150 for the opposition at Newlands, Cape Town. Pakistan Women ended up scoring 149 for the loss of four wickets.
Pakistan Women captain Bismah Maroof was the pick of the batters. The 31-year-old scored an unbeaten 68 off 55 balls with the help of seven boundaries at a strike rate of 123.64.
Ayesha Naseem remained unbeaten on 43 off 25 balls including 2 fours and 2 sixes. In response, India Women chased down the target with an over to spare.
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When India Women lost their opening pair, Yastika Bhatia and Shafali Verma for 17 and 33 runs, Jemimah Rodrigues dictated the terms with ease.
She played a superb brand of cricket in the run chase. In the process, she scored a half-century at the need of the hour. Besides that, she also got support from wicketkeeper-batswoman, Richa Ghosh.
Richa remained not out on 31 off 20 balls including five boundaries. On the other side of the coin, Jemimah was the star of the show in the run-chase.
She remained not out on 53 off 38 balls including eight boundaries. India Women beat Pakistan Women by seven wickets. After the game, Jemimah reserved the highest respect for Virat Kohli.
“India v Pakistan matches are always a little bit more special — we spoke about it in the team meeting. Growing up we always watched these matches. I remember watching the match at the MCG where Virat Kohli played such an extraordinary knock,” added the 22-year-old.
“We did speak about it but we also just wanted to go out there and put our first win on the board. We just wanted to go out, play the same cricket and with the same intensity as usual,” she further added.
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