Mithali Raj departs after a fine 56, India close in on win


India were expected to dominate Pakistan, considering the contrasting ways in which the opening games panned out for the two teams in the sixth edition of the premier Twenty20 tournament. However, Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar defied odds against strong Indian bowling side and 94 runs for the fourth wicket.

Pakistan were sloppy as well as they were slapped with a 10-run penalty for running on the pitch.

India never looked in trouble with openers Raj and Smriti Mandhana (26) finding the boundaries at regular intervals in their 73-run partnership.

"It was unprofessional on our part, after being warned, we still trodded on the danger area, it's something we need to work on". "It's important to bat and bowl well in the first 6 overs - we had some plans, I thought we did well with the ball today", Kaur said during the post-match presentation ceremony.

The first five-run punishment was enforced in the 18th over and, after Dar reached her maiden global T20 half century with a six when the fielder stepped on the rope at deep mid-wicket boundary, she was caught at extra cover next ball.

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The interesting fact is that both of them have played 5 matches at the World Cup and India won 3 times while the rest 2 occasions were bagged by Pakistan.

As soon as the chant ended, Harmanpreet picked the mascot up on her lap and carried her all the way to an official.

. They have a good spin attack and she is our best batter against spin.

However, Harmanpreet and Jemimah had other ideas, adding runs at a quick pace, which included a phase when India scored 56 runs in five overs.

Meanwhile, Sehwag, another man who knew a thing or two about hitting a ball wrote: "Harmanpreet Kaur, wonderful hundred".

Sana's off-day (0/32 in 4 overs) was one of the factors for Pakistan not being able to contain Australia during the initial overs.

India will next lock horns with Ireland on November 15 at the same venue of Providence Stadium in Guyana.