Women's World Cup: India beats Pakistan by 95 runs

Ekta Bisht, the left-arm spinner, took five wickets to break the back of Pakistan's top-order as it was bowled out for 74 in its chase of 170.

Ekta Bisht celebrates taking the wicket of Pakistan's Diana Baig with team mates.   -  Reuters

Spinner Ekta Bisht wreaked havoc as India thrashed arch-rival Pakistan by 95 runs in the ICC Women’s World Cup encounter at Derby here on Sunday.

Defending a lowly score of 169 runs, the Indian women were spectacular with the ball as Pakistan was bowled out for just 74 runs in 38.1 overs.

Ekta, the left-arm spinner, started casting her magic from the very start and was absolutely lethal, giving nothing away and picking wickets from the beginning. Captain Sana Mir was the lone Pakistan batter who fought soulfully till the very end. However, her 29 runs off 73 balls couldn’t help her team register its first win of the tournament.

Ekta was the pick of the Indian bowlers as she picked up five wickets for just 18 runs in her allotted 10 overs.

Lowest total

She was well supported by Mansi Joshi (2 for 9), Jhulan Goswami (1 for 12), Deepti Sharma (1 for 21) and Harmanpreet Kaur (1 for 6). Earlier, the Mithali Raj-led side was done by some fine bowling performance by Pakistan as it registered its lowest total of the tournament.

Poonam Raut (47), wicketkeeper Sushma Verma (33) and Deepti (28) made some noticeable contributions to help India reach 169 for 9 in 50 overs.

This was India’s third consecutive win in the tournament and it is currently at the top of the points table. With this win, India has also maintained its cent percent record against Pakistan in ODIs. India will next face Sri Lanka at Derby on June 5.

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