India eves thrash Pakistan eves

Published: Sunday, June 14, 2009, 7:55 [IST]
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Taunton: Priyanka Roy's five wicket haul and Anjum Chopra's unbeaten 52-ball 37 helped India win against Pakistan.

India came back strongly as they defeated Pakistan by five wickets in a ICC World Women's Twenty20 in the Pool B match on Saturday.

India bowled out Pakistan for a paltry 75 in 19.5 overs, thanks to some clinical display by Roy and pace-woman Rumeli Dhar (3/13), and then overhauled the target with 14 balls to spare.

Chasing the target, India got off to a shoking start as they lost three wickets in first five overs, but Chopra who cracked five fours, cashed on her experience to help the team romp home.

Earlier, electing to bat, the Pakistan batting line-up failed to negotiate the clinical performance by Indian bowlers as only three batters - opener Nain Abidi (17), Asmavia Iqbal (10) and Almas Akram (12) - managed double digit scores.

Dhar, who extracted some fine bounces and lateral movements from the pitch, dealt the first blow by removing left-hand opener Bismah Maroof (6) and then sent back Sajjida Shah for a duck.

The other opener Abidi, who had cracked three fours during her 18-ball stay and was looking dangerous, soon became Dhar's third victim as her ambitious shot found Priyanka Roy.

In the end, Akram waged a lone battle but her 19-ball innings was not enough to push Pakistan score beyond 100-run mark.

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