Raj scores fifty as India post facile win over Pakistan

India's M Raj was declared player of the match for her 56 runs

As the teams swapped places, Australia's Alyssa Healy upped the momentum with a half century off just 21 balls - the fastest in all Women's World T20 tournaments. The side was down to 30/3 very early in the innings.

This batting effort came after the bowlers refused to offer even an inch of scoring space to Ireland, who succumbed to a paltry total of 93 in spite of having won the toss and opting to bat first.

Speaking about her future in Team India, the highest ODI run-getter said, "But yes, when you also think that the team has gone through a lot of transition, and there are a lot of youngsters in the side, so at some point (thinking about) more than myself, whether I would be able to give the best or not". Mithali Raj was back opening the innings and played the role of an anchor with 56 off 47 balls.

India began their chase on the unusual scoreline of 10/0 after Pakistan were twice docked five penalty runs for their batters running on the pitch.

Veda Krishnamurthy dropped Nida Dar while on 15 in the 11th over.

Pakistan rode their luck while posting their highest ever total against India, on the back of half-centuries from Bismah Mahroof (53) and Nida Dar (52).

BOWLING: Diana Baig 3-0-19-1, Anam Amin 3-0-27-0, Sana Mir 4-0-22-0, Nida Dar 4-0-17-1, Aliya Riaz 2-0-21-0, Bismah Maroof 3-0-21-1.

For India, Poonam Yadav and Hemalatha took two wickets each in their respective four overs while Arundhati Reddy managed to pick up only one wicket.

India made a strong start with openers Mithali and Smriti Mandhana (26) finding the boundaries at regular intervals in their 73-run stand from 9.3 overs. In the process, Mithali became the third batter to score more than 500 T20I runs in this calendar year.

She added a further 28 runs with Jemimah Rodrigues (16, 21b, 1x4), before being dismissed in the 18th over with India eight short of the target.

Pakistan remain in the hunt for the knockouts in a tough group, and will need to beat New Zealand Women in their next match and hope that India lose to Australia and Ireland women.

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