Women’s WC: Rana, Vastrakar rally India vs Pakistan


Smriti Mandhana, Sneh Rana and Pooja Vastrakar scored half-centuries to help India post 244 for 7 in their ICC women’s World Cup opener against Pakistan, in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, on Sunday.

Opting to bat, India were under pressure after opener Shafali Verma was dismissed for a duck.

However, a 92-run stand between Mandhana (52 off 75) and Deepti Sharma (40) helped steady the innings.

Pakistan came back strongly by claiming a flurry of wickets, including the scalps of skipper Mithali Raj (9) and her deputy Haramanpreet Kaur (5).

Rana (53 not out) and Vastrakar (67) then shared a crucial 122-run partnership to take team to a respectable total.

For Pakistan, spinners Nida Dar (2/45) and Nashra Sandhu (2/36) snared two wickets each.

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