Colombo, February 20: The Indian women’s cricket team on Sunday defeated the arch rival Pakistan and entered into the finals of ICC World Cup Qualifiers in Colombo. Notably, India defeated Pakistan by 7 wickets and remained unbeaten in this tournament. However, Pakistan qualified for Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 despite their defeat.
Earlier India won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat first. India restricted Pakistan to a meagre 67 in 43.4 overs. Ekta Bisht had an impressive five-wicket haul giving away just 8 runs in her 10 over spell. The two bowlers ran through the Pakistani batting line-up. They kept losing wickets regularly and only two Pakistani batters could reach the double-digit mark.
Chasing a modest target, India rode on responsible knocks from Deepti Sharma (29 not out) and Harmanpreet Kaur (24) to reach the target with 165 balls to spare. For Pakistan, Sadia Yousuf claimed two wickets by giving away 19 runs.
Interestingly, the win made India the only undefeated team in the tournament so far and it now tops the Super six table. In the final, India will take on South African women in Colombo on Tuesday. Virender Sehwag congratulated the Indian women's team for beating the archrivals.
Pakistan Women: 67 all out in 43.4 overs (Ayesha Zafar 19; Ekta Bisht 5/08, Shikha Pandey 2/09).
India Women: 70 for 3 in 22.3 overs (Deepti Sharma 29 not out, Harmanpreet Kaur 24; Sadia Yousuf 2/19).