India 75 for Three (Mandhana 38, Harmanpreet 34*, Amin 2-10) beat Pakistan 72 for 7 (Mir 20*, Nahida 18, Bisht Three-14, Pandey 1-6)
With a direct entry into the final at stake, 69 dots balls, 4 boundaries and 72 for 7 is all Pakistan managed after electing bat in opposition to defending champions India. 4 of the six frontline bowlers India employed until the midway mark, claimed a wicket every of their first over. The end result? Pakistan slumped to 36 for four and laboured to one other 36 for Three within the final ten. Then, India captain Harmanpreet Kaur sealed six-time winners’ seven-wicket win with a 4, and Ekta Bisht bagged her third successive Participant-of-the-Match award in as many appearances in opposition to Pakistan for her Three for 14.
Setting the tone of the marquee conflict, Shikha Pandey bowled opener Nain Abidi for a duck earlier than her quick-bowling, new-ball accomplice Jhulan Goswami propped it up with a maiden. Two overs of spin adopted throughout which offspinner Anuja Patil and left-arm spinner Bisht eliminated Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof and Javeria Khan for 4 runs every. A second over for Goswami – the fifth within the innings – was to be the final of tempo within the first ten as offspinner Deepti Sharma had Nahida Khan stumped in her opening over too.
Pakistan struggled for momentum after the early collapse as wristpinner Poonam Yadav snaffled a return catch from pinch-hitter Nida Dar earlier than Bisht accomplished her three-for off her remaining two overs. Pakistan’s solely boundary because the fourth over got here within the 20th over courtesy Diana Baig. The No.9 batsman saved Sana Mir firm who farmed 20 off 38 balls in a bid to forestall her aspect from being bowled out.
India’s chase weren’t with none hiccups, although. Left-arm spinner Anam Amin dismissed Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma for a duck every to depart India teetering at 5 for two inside three overs. A affected person 65-run third-wicket stand between Harmanpreet and her deputy Smriti Mandhana took India to 70 for Three earlier than the opposite Pakistan left-armer, Nashra Sandhu, had Mandhana gap out for a 40-ball 38. Harmanpreet’s three fours in her unbeaten 49-ball 38 helped mop up the chase with 23 balls to spare.