India registered a dominant seven-wicket win against Pakistan at the Guyana National Stadium on Sunday in their second match of the ICC World Twenty20. After some fine batting from Pakistan’s middle order took them to 133 for seven, India’s top order knocked those runs off in the 19th over.
India chose to field first after winning the toss, Harmanpreet Kaur swayed by some moisture on the pitch. The decision looked like a sound one as good bowling and some sharp fielding reduced Pakistan to 30 for two after six overs, the openers falling to a smart catch at slip and a direct hit run out.
Both batters set personal bests on the way, Mahroof (53, 49b, 4x4) getting the highest score for Pakistan against India, and Dar (52, 35b, 5x4, 2x6) her first fifty in T20Is. Their efforts were dented though as 10 penalty runs were awarded to India due to the Pakistan batters running on the pitch twice after being officially warned by the umpires. Poonam Yadav (2 for 22) took two wickets in the final over of the innings to finish the pick of the bowlers.
India will now play Ireland next on 15 November.
Brief scores:Pakistan: 133-7, 20 overs (Bisman Mahroof 53, Nida Dar 52; Poonam Yadav 2-22, Dayalan Hemalatha 2-34) lost to India: 137-3 in 19 overs (Mithali Raj 56, Smriti Mandhana 26) by seven wickets
Player of the Match: Mithali Raj