Harmanpreet Kaur carries little girl without letting her fall after National Anthem

Annette Crawford
November 15, 2018

Chasing a decent target of 134 runs, India got off to a flying start. She hit seven fours in the Group B match which was flawed by first-time docking of 10 penalty runs on Pakistan.

With this win, India is now on top of the Group B points table. Mithali Raj was back opening the innings and played the role of an anchor with 56 off 47 balls.

Australia now top Group B of the event as they defeated Ireland by nine wickets at Guyana's Providence Stadium today.

After the completion of the match, Pakistan's skipper Javeria Khan accepted the players' mistake and also revealed that this is not the first time that such a thing has happened with this team.

"I'm glad that we managed to get a total on the board and we had a partnership, both (Maroof and Nida Dar) played really well", she said.

Pakistan rode their luck while posting their highest ever total against India, on the back of half-centuries from Bismah Mahroof (53) and Nida Dar (52).

The skipper heaped praise on Raj, whose half-century at the top helped India gun down the total easily.

India eves made a strong begin with openers Mithali and Smriti Mandhana (26) finding the boundaries at regular intervals in their 73-run partnership from 9.3 overs.

But two run-outs in the space of three overs gave India the upper hand.

Haf-centurions Nida Dar and Bismah Maroof were initially warned by the umpires after the 13th over for running on the danger area.

After a dominant performance against New Zealand in which captain Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian woman to score a T20I century, her side were sloppy and dropped five catches in the field. Spinners D Hemalatha and Poonam Yadav picked up two wickets each. But their batters were penalised once for running on the pitch, giving Australia a five run advantage in their chase.

However, once they were dismissed within six runs of each other, the middle and lower order struggled to score runs in the dying overs, with India's bowlers striking at crucial moments.

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