The Indian women’s cricket team has started the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 with a win. India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match of the tournament. Jemima Rodrigues played a strong half-century innings for the Indian team, due to which India won by 7 wickets. India achieved the target of 150 runs on the last ball of the 19th over. What was special about this match? Know this in 5 points.
1. Pakistan won the toss, lost the match
Pakistan’s team captain Bismah Maroof won the toss and elected to bat, but the team suffered a setback in the beginning, allowing India to make a comeback in the match. However, skipper Bismah Maroof along with Ayesha Naseem took Pakistan to a decent total. Maroof 68 and Naseem scored 43, but Pakistan could not get the victory.
2. Good start for India
In the absence of Smriti Mandhana, Yastika Bhatia and Shefali Verma came out to open. Both got the team off to a good start. India’s first blow came at a total of 38 runs, when Yastika was dismissed for 17 runs. Both these players got India off to a good start in the powerplay, which played a key role in winning the match.
3. Jemima dies
Jemimah Rodrigues, who came out to bat at number 3, worked with patience. He sent the bad balls across the boundary giving the right advice. Jemima first partnered with Shefali, then captain Harmanpreet Kaur and then Richa Ghosh in this match. Jemima handled one end for India. He completed his half-century with the winning four.
4. Richa’s Run Tantra
When captain Harmanpreet Kaur was dismissed after scoring 16 runs in 12 balls, it looked a bit difficult for the team, but Richa Ghosh once again took the news of Pakistan fiercely. In the Asia Cup, he scored 26 runs in 13 balls against Pakistan, while here he scored 31 runs in 20 balls with the help of 5 fours. This innings made the difference between the two teams.
5. Radha and Shefali spin
Pakistan team captain Bismah Maroof and Ayesha Naseem took the news of every Indian bowler, but Radha Yadav bowled brilliantly. He gave just 21 runs in 4 overs and took 2 wickets in his name. At the same time, Captain Harmanpreet Kaur got an over from Shefali Verma, in which she spent only 3 runs. Shefali also played a brilliant inning of 33 runs.