Women’s World Cup, India vs Pakistan: Proud of Ekta Bisht, says Mithali Raj after crushing victory

first_imgThe Indian women’s team hammered Pakistan by 95 runs to earn their third straight victory in this year’s Women’s World Cup in Derby.Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht starred with the ball for India, picking up her second five-wicket haul. She finished with figures of 5/18 from her 10 overs. Her first spell did all the damage for Pakistan and they could never really recover.India captain Mithali Raj was high on praise for the 31-year-old.”Ekta has always delivered when given the new ball. I am very proud of her; her spell was so crucial. Her first spell got the team back into the game,” Mithali said.Batting first, India lost their star batter Smriti Mandhana early. The Pakistan bowlers bowled beautifully to keep the run scoring in check and kept applying the pressure on the batsmen.However, Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma steadied the ship before the former fell for a well made 47 with the scores 74/2 from 22.2 overs. India lost Mithali and Deepti soon after and they were in a spot of bother at 94/4.Harmanpreet Kaur and Mona Meshram kept the scoreboard ticking and it looked like they are going to take India to a safe total. But, they fell in quick succession as well. Wicketkeeper Sushma Verma and former captain Jhulan Goswami then built a partnership to take India to 145 before Goswami fell.India were starting at a below par total but Verma’s lusty blows towards the end made sure that the Women in Blue finish on 169/9 from their 50 overs.Defending a paltry total of 170, India were right on the money from the word go. Bisht struck in the second over and Pakistan never recovered from that. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Nahida Khan and captain Sana Mir did put up some resistance but they failed to take Pakistan’s score past the 100-mark.advertisementTalking about the slow scoring rate in the first innings, she said that there were some anxious moments.”There were some anxious moments,” she said.Verma and Goswami struck a 34-run partnership for the seventh wicket, which turned out to be crucial.”That partnership involving Sushma was crucial. We got the breakthroughs. This is one of the off days for the top order but we will look into that in the next game,” said the India captain.The 34-year-old said that there were a lot of strategies since they were defending a small total.”I believe when you’re defending a small total, you come up with a lot of strategies. “When you intend to become the top side, the bowling side should be able to come back and perform the way the girls have done today,” said Mithali before signing off.India now have won all their three matches and will next play Sri Lanka on July 5.last_img