HomeCricketIndia thrash Pakistan by 7 wickets, enter Women's Asia...

India thrash Pakistan by 7 wickets, enter Women’s Asia Cup 2018 finals

- Advertisement -

It was a contest that was highly anticipated for the sheer weight of names involved. It was to have risen the titanic rivalry between India and Pakistan to the next level.

A flat contest, lacking thrill and intensity

It was to have unfolded some epic rivalries in the form of Smriti Mandhana versus Nahida Khan on the one hand. And the likes of Sana Mir versus Harmanpreet Kaur on the other, with world-class bowlers pitting against one another to make heads turn in amazement.
Instead, what was presumed to be a legendary clash between India versus Pakistan produced a shock for Pakistan and awe for India. A game of cricket flat as a pan-cake seemingly running on a singular narrative- Pakistan whining and India- shining led to a straightforward 7-wicket win for India, who have now become the only side from Asia to enter the prestigious finals for a record 7th time.

- Advertisement -

Here’s how the Pakistan vs India contest unfolded

Right from the start, Pakistan looked weak and unable to cope with the pressure India exerted, ever since the spinners- Poonam Yadav and Ekta Bisht- clawed their way into the Pakistani middle order. Needless to say, on a mediocre batting wicket, Pakistan would find it hard to negotiate the challenge mounted by Bisht later, now in possession of 50 T20 wickets.
Reducing the side from 1-1 to 2-9 and very quickly to 4-35 and then, 5-41, India’s spinners- Yadav and Bisht- gave able company to the damage wrecked by their medium-pacer  Anuja Patil and Shikha Pandey who removed the top order. You know there’s trouble brewing when half the side is gone for 41.

Sana Mir provides for a lone resistance as top-order fails

Once Pakistan lost their familiar batswomen on whom the responsibility of scoring the bulk of their runs was entrusted, with Nain Abidi and Bismah Mahroof contributing 0 and 3 respectively, it seemed the floodgates had opened. And what lay next, was a washout of any possible chance of a turnaround.
Somehow, captain Sana Mir, among the finest talents in the sport, was able to chip in, albeit with a low-key 20 off 38 balls, struggling to find the gaps, unable to enforce error from India’s bowling attack- a force of stoicism at its best.

India lose Mithali, Deepti as Smriti, Harman pile on runs

India always knew it was going to be easy for them when they were asked to chase 73 off 20 overs. Although, India did try to make a match out of it for fans heightened at the prospect of seeing a live-wire, with Mithali Raj dismissed for a rare duck, followed by Deepti Sharma, presumably sent to pinch-hit vanishing for a duck as well, the side recovered very quickly thereafter.
There can be fewer sites as entertaining as the duo of Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur timing the ball as well as they do. And soon, from being 5-2, India would reach within final moments of their run-chase thanks to a 65-run partnership between India captain- Kaur contributing 34 including 3 fours and Mandhana with a familiar bludgeoning of 38 off 40, including 4 fours.

A dull day for Pakistan’s seamers

In Pakistan’s jaded camp, Anam Amin would cut a lonely figure of poise and respectability, the slow left-arm orthodox specialist scalping a 2-for while Mir, Diana Baig and Nida Dhar failing to provide for more breakthroughs, trying nearly for 10 overs among them.
This leaves Pakistan to win all their matches if they are to meet India ahead with an in-form Harmanpreet’s side looking svelte and unharmed despite their shock loss to Bangladesh (a few days ago) sitting pretty on the throne to the finals.

- Advertisement -
Dev Tyagi
Dev Tyagi
Dravid believer, admirer of - the square drive, Drew Barrymore, Germany, Finland, Electric Mobility, simplicity and the power of the written word! Absolutely admire contributing to KyroSports

15 Highly Educated Cricketers Of All Time

Cricket is a game of passion and dedication. A sport in which one involves themselves in camps and practice since early childhood. Due to...

Do we often under-appreciate Andy Flower? What’s his legacy?

There's a hint of sadness in noting that Zimbabwe has never been a dominant power in world cricket. But nothing could be sadder than...

How Come UFC Fighters Have Cauliflower Ears But Boxers Don’t?

The UFC has come a long way since its early days, wherein the fights seemed like modern-day gladiators due to its brutality and inconsistent...

Why are more and more MotoGP riders using the Noson nasal dilator?

Introduction MotoGP riders or athletes are physically fit and healthy individuals and their muscles are continuously functioning and used during the performance. As a fan...

5 spinners who can be India’s potential finger-spinners

The Indian cricket team has always been proud of its ability to produce world-class batsmen and similarly potent spinners. Though in recent times, the...

IPL 2018: The beautiful Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Being seated in the Sawai Mansingh stadium brings a different world, a world of difference away from the palpable excitement of watching truly India’s...

The astonishing decline of Mario Balotelli

There was a time when Mario Balotelli was on top of the world.  The Italian talisman had scored two goals in the Euro 2012 semi-finals,...

Top 5 Left Wingers In The World, Based On 2019-20 Season

Owing to the fact that football has evolved a lot since its inception and the tactics have changed a lot, the role of wingers...

What can be expected from the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

Heat in the air and heat inside the car- that's been the story of the Azerbaijan Grand prix. As F1 parks itself at Baku...

How Suresh Raina Batted India Into The Finals of 2011 World Cup

Its been 9 years, since India won the Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka on 2 April, 2011. The images and visuals of...

Big change for India Women’s cricket as BCCI looks to finalise bowling coach soon

We are not even at the halfway stage of the 2018 cricketing season. It clearly seems there's no stopping India's women's cricket team. The...

IPL 2018: The best from the West Indies

When one of nature's treacherous attacks on mankind- earthquakes- strike, their impact is measured on Richter's scale. When West Indians strike in a tournament...

Age Fraud in Indian Cricket: Are players really to be blamed?

There have been times while watching a cricket match when we tend to hear commentators comment on cricketers’ age. We as fans have many...

Southampton XI if they didn’t sell their star players

Southampton, a club located in the south coast of England, have one of the most renowned youth academies in the Premier League.  Despite producing class...

Who Is the Better Formula 1 Racer, Max Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton?

Despite Verstappen’s first win in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021, a new debate has sparked on which Formula 1 racer is better? Max Verstappen...

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -