In the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2023 match, India defeated Pakistan, Richa Ghosh and Jemimah Rodrigues shone with the bat

Ind and Pak
India defeated Pakistan

India Women beat Pakistan by 7 wickets in the opening match of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup, kicking off their campaign in style.

Pakistan Women opted to bat first after winning the toss and got off to a strong start. Despite losing early wickets, they attempted to put India under strain as they amassed 39 runs in the powerplay, which is their highest powerplay total against India in T20s. Considering that Deepti Sharma might be problematic when she goes cheap, they mainly tried to put her under strain.

By dismissing Muneeba Ali, Radha Yadav helped India reenter the game and Nida Dar is later mounted on a duck by Pooja Vastrakar. As Pakistan sought to forge a partnership, Radha Yadav once more made a breakthrough by removing Sidra Ameen. Ayesha Naseem then joined captain Bismah Maroof in a counterattack, forcing India to back off a bit. With Maroof playing a captain's knock and scoring a half-century, Ayesha and Maroof formed an outstanding partnership that helped Pakistan to a daunting total of 149/4. India's fielding was below par for this level as they missed a number of catches.

India had to get off to a solid start in the chase, which they accomplished with a strong powerplay of 43 runs, losing just Yastika Bhatia's wicket. Shafali Verma (33), however, was caught when she attempted to press the accelerator the limit. Jemimah, who appeared to be in touch and keeping the innings from one end, was joined by Harmanpreet Kaur. But after a brief cameo, Harmanpreet was forced to leave. Without giving up a single boundary, Nashra Sandhu concluded her outstanding performance with figures of 2-15, taking both wickets.

In a game that was on the line, Richa Ghosh (31) made a crucial cameo in support of Jemimah (53) and dismissed Aiman Anwer for back-to-back boundaries in an over to advance India. In the final overs, the dup maintained their coolness and scored quickly to lead India to victory in a challenging chase.

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