India begins women’s world cup campaign winning the first match against Pakistan
Indian women’s cricket team won the match against Pakistan in their first match in the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup.
India won the match by 107 runs in the opening fixture match held at Bay Oval stadium in New Zealand
Winning the toss, Indian team had opted to bat first against Pakistan. After initial set back, the Indian team set a target of 244 for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs. Pooja Vastrakar scored match-saving 67 runs in 59 balls and set a partnership with bowler Sneh Rana who scored 50 runs. The duo added 122-runs for the seventh wicket, taking India to a respectable total against Pakistan. Opener Smriti Mandhana scored 52 of 72 balls.
In response, Pakistan women were all out with 137 runs in 43 overs.
For India, left-arm-orthodox spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad took four wickets in 10 overs giving 31 runs, while Jhulan Goswami took two wickets.
This is 6th world cup of Captain Mithali Raj and become the first women cricketer to do so. She had participated in the ICC Women’s world cups in 2000, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017. With this she has equaled Sachin Tendulkar’ record of playing world cup.