Mithali Raj Powers India To Seven-Wicket Win Vs Pakistan

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The Indian women's cricket team will begin its World T20 campaign against New Zealand

In reply, New Zealand were stopped at 160 for nine.

Nida was the beneficiary of a piece of good luck when Veda dropped an easy catch at long-off off Radha Yadav's bowling even as the ball slipped through for a boundary. "(Regarding my batting) I needed to settle down", Harmanpreet said after the convincing win.

Opting to bat after the coin landed in her favour at the Providence Stadium, Harmanpreet was required to walk into the middle early, at the fall of debutant Dayalan Hemalatha's wicket in only the sixth over.

Scores: India 194 for five off 20 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 103, Jemimah Rodrigues 59; Lea Tahuhu 2-18).

With the win on Sunday, India (with four points) made a big step towards making it to the semifinals from the five-team Group B. Two teams each from the two groups qualify for the semifinals.

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India began their chase on the unusual scoreline of 10/0 after Pakistan were twice docked five penalty runs for their batters running on the pitch.The ICC's playing conditions calls for a first and final warning from the umpires for encroaching the protected area of the track, before the team is penalised five runs for the next offence.

Sana's off-day (0/32 in 4 overs) was one of the factors for Pakistan not being able to contain Australia during the initial overs.

The first five-run punishment was enforced in the 18th over and, after Dar reached her maiden worldwide T20 half century with a six when the fielder stepped on the rope at deep mid-wicket boundary, she was caught at extra cover next ball. Although she had a pretty disappointing outing against Australia, her wicket-taking ability is proven and will be eager to pick up some in the game against India.

However, Bates, who became the highest run-getter in T20 Internationals, could not find support at the other end as New Zealand were reduced to 93 for four in the 13th over. With three wickets, Hemalatha has shown that she is capable of picking wickets at the right moment and will be an impact player for India throughout the tournament. Khan's team can take confidence from their win over India in World T20 2016 but they have lost three on the trot ever since.

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