Pakistan beat India by one wicket in an eagerly anticipated women’s T20 World Cup match in New Delhi on Saturday. The match was halted after Pakistan reached 77/6 in 16 overs because of heavy rain. Pakistan were declared the victors after they were ahead by two runs according to the Duckworth-Lewis calculation method. While India was the in-form team and came in leading their previous head-to-head encounters 5-1, a tight bowling performance meant Pakistan were in the driver’s seat from the get go.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl, and India was almost immediately in trouble. They slumped to 3/1 in the third over when Vellaswamy Vanitha was caught out, and Smriti Mandhana followed her back to the pavillion in the fourth over. At the end of seven overs, India was tottering at 10/2. Captain Mithali Raj tried to stabilise the innings, and had a little help from Harmanpreet Kaur (16 off 29 balls) and Veda Krishnamurthy (24 off 19), but eventually, India managed a meagre total of 96/7 in their 20 overs.
Pakistan lost six wickets but kept up a steady run rate despite excellent fielding by Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami. Anam Amin was player of the match. It is only Pakistan's third win in 18 World T20 matches and their second in seven games against India.