The Indian women made a spectacular start to their World Cup campaign,thrashing arch-rivals Pakistan by 10 wickets in the lung-opener of the tournament on Saturday. Electing to bowl first,India shot out Pakistan for a paltry 57 in 29 overs and then their openers finished the Group B game in 10 overs at the Bradman Oval ground.
Anjum Chopra (17) and stumper Anagha Deshpande (26) guided India home without any fuss as they sealed the win with 40 overs to spare. The Pakistan bowling was as awful as their batting as they gave away 15 extras with 12 wide deliveries.
For Pakistan,only Sana Mir (17) and opener Nain Abidi (10) put up some resistance as all other bats-women failed to touch the double-digit mark. Three of their players could not even open their accounts and had it not been for the 10 extras on the scoreboard,they would not have crossed even the 50-run mark.
Rumeli Dhar wreaked havoc as she accounted for three Pakistani players with incredible figures of 8-5-7-3. Anju Sharma and Priyanka Roy took two wickets apiece.
In the days other match,Claire Taylors 101 helped England beat Sri Lanka by a whopping 100 runs.
Pakistan: Nain Abidi run out (Kaur) (21b,2×4) 11; Bismah Maroof c Sultana b Dhar (12b) 2; Sajjida Shah lbw b Dhar (24b) 4; Urooj Mumtaz b Goswami (7b) 2; Sana Mir st Deshpande b Sultana (54b,2×4) 17; Almas Akram c Deshpande b Dhar (1b) 0; Javeria Khan c Goswami b Sharma (7b) 0; Armaan Khan c Kaur b Sharma (7b) 0; Asmavia Iqbal c Dhar b Roy (36b,1×4) 9; Qanita Jalil b Roy (7b) 2; Sania Khan not out (1b) 0; Extras (w 7,nb 3) 10; Total (all out; 29 overs) 57; FoW: 1-6,2-15,3-21,4-23,5-23,6-25,7-25,8-55,9-55
Bowling: J Goswami 7-1-18-1,R Dhar 8-5-7-3,A Sharma 6-2-9-2,H Kaur 4-0-10-0,G Sultana 2-2-0-1,P Roy 2-0-13-2
India (target: 58 runs): A Deshpande not out (37b,3×4) 26; A Chopra not out (23b,2×4) 17; Extras (b 3,w 12) 15; Total (10 overs) 58
Bowling: Asmavia Iqbal 2-0-20-0,Qanita Jalil 3-0-13-0,Sajjida Shah 1-0-8-0,Sana Mir 2-1-5-0,Almas Akram 2-0-9-0