India thrash Pakistan in Women’s World Cup


London, July 2 (TNS): Opener Punam Raut scored 47 runs and Ekta Bisht claimed five wickets as India beat arch-rivals Pakistan by 95 runs in a low-scoring game of the ICC Women’s World Cup at the County Ground in Derby on Sunday. This is India’s third continuous victory in the tournament.

Playing first, Indian eves set a target of 170 for the opposition that was bundled out cheaply for 74.

Raut slammed five boundaries in her measured 72-ball knock. She stood tall in front of the wicket for quite a long time but didn’t get any support from the other end.

Wicketkeeper-batswoman Sushma Verma and Deepti Sharma managed to score 33 and 28 runs, respectively, to take India to a comfortable total.

No other Indian batswoman managed to impress much with the willow.

For Pakistan, Nashra Sandhu was the leading lady in the bowling attack as she claimed four wickets.

Spinner Sadia Yousuf claimed two wickets, while Asmavia Iqbal and Diana Baig scalped Verma and Smriti Mandhana (2), respectively, to join the party.

However, it was the bowling attack that propelled India to the victory.

Spinner Ekta Bisht claimed a five-wicket haul, while pacer Mansi Joshi chipped in after claiming two big wickets.

Jhulan Goswami, Deepti Sharma and Harmanpreet Kaur took one wicket each as India completed the routing of neighbours.