NEW DELHI, March 19: Indian women�s cricket team today paid the price for a poor batting display against arch-rivals Pakistan, losing the crucial group league fixture by two runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in the ICC World T20, here this evening.
After posting a meagre 96 for seven, India started badly in their defence but pulled the plug when it mattered and reduced Pakistan to 77 for six in 16 overs when the heavens opened up. The D/L par score was 75 at that point of time which enabled Sana Mir�s girls to remain two runs ahead.
At that stage, Pakistan needed 20 off 24 balls to win, but the downpour brought proceedings to a grinding halt and the match never started within the cut-off time of 6:55 pm.
India Women: Mithali Raj c Ameen b Dar 16, Vellaswamy Vanitha c Mir b Amin 2, Smriti Mandhana lbw b Iqbal 1, Harmanpreet Kaur c Ameen b Yousuf 16, Veda Krishnamurthy c & b Mir 24, Jhulan Goswami run out 14, Anuja Patil run out 3, Shikha Pandey not out 10. Extras: (LB-1 W-9) 10. Total: (For 7 wkts in 20 overs) 96. Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-5, 3-34, 4-49, 5-71, 6-80, 7-96. Bowling: Anam Amin 4-0-9-1, Asmavia Iqbal 4-0-13-1, Sana Mir 4-0-14-1, Sadia Yousuf 3-0-24-1, Bismah Maroof 2-0-12-0, Nida Dar 3-0-23-1.
Pakistan Women: Nahida Khan c Kaur b Pandey 14, Sidra Ameen b Gayakwad 26, Bismah Maroof c Goswami b Kaur 5, Muneeba Ali not out 12, Iram Javed c Raj b Goswami 10, Asmavia Iqbal run out 5, Sana Mir run out 0, Nida Dar not out 0. Extras: (B-1 W-4) 5. Total: (For 6 wkts in 16 overs) 77. Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-48, 3-50, 4-71, 5-77, 6-77. Bowling: Anuja Patil 3-0-14-0, Rajeshwar Gayakwad 2-0-11-1, Shikha Pandey 2-0-14-1, Jhulan Goswami 4-0-14-1, Poonam Yadav 3-0-14-0, Harmanpreet Kaur 2-0-9-1. � PTI