Mandhana stars as all-round India steamroll Pakistan by 8 wickets in CWG 2022

India’s women’s cricket team steamed Pakistan by eight wickets in a rain-limited match at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. After knocking Pakistan out for just 99, Smriti Mandhana scored a swift half-century to lead India home in just 12 overs. With this, India recorded their first cricket win at the CWG 2022 and climbed to the top spot in Group A.

After heading to Australia in their CWG 2022 opener, Indian women bounced back and in a certain style. After a light drizzle led to a delayed start, reducing two overs to make it an 18-over game, the Indian bowlers rushed through Pakistan’s batting lineup. Renuka Singh, who recently left the Aussie top order in shambles, stepped up the pressure from the start under a cloudy sky and paired with spinners Sneh Rana and Radha Yadav in bundling Pakistan for under $100.

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After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Pakistan was yet to open their account when Meghna Singh gave India a breakthrough by sending Iram Javed back. Captain Bismah Mariif and Muneeba Ali got things back on track, albeit a bit with a 50-run partnership before both were fired in quick succession – in the span of one run. From there, the Indian bowlers kept Pakistan confused and never let them break through. The middle order seemed clueless which didn’t help as Pakistan collapsed from 50/1 to 99 all the way.

In response, Indian women were positive from the start. It’s not often that Shafali Varma tops the score in a partnership, but today it was Mandhana who was in no mood to stretch this match long. The left-handed India opener scored a solid half-century on just 31 balls to lead India’s chase on purpose, and while Varma and Sabbhineni Meghana fell cheaply, Mandhana went unbeaten at 63 out of 42 and closed the proceedings with 50 balls left.

Short scores: Indian women 102 for 2 in 11.4 overs (Smriti Mandhana 63; Tuba Hassan 1/18) beat Pakistani women 99 all-out in 18 overs (Muneeba Ali 32; Sneh Rana 2/15).

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