Raj scores fifty as India post facile win over Pakistan

ICC Women’s World T20,India vs Pakistan,Mithali Raj

Chasing a decent target of 134 runs, India got off to a flying start.

In their second game, Australia earned themselves an early night by chasing Ireland's total within 10 overs, riding on an onslaught from Alyssa Healy who scored the fastest fifty in ICC Women's World T20 history, and the second fastest in all T20Is.

With this win, India is now on top of the Group B points table. Raj was declared player of the match for 47-ball 56 with seven fours. "It could have been a bit better, we took them until the 19th over, but we could have planned it better, if we had executed our plans, we might still have beaten them".

India's leading T20 runscorer Raj was caught in the deep with only eight needed, but they soon sealed victory and will seek to maintain their flawless start when they play Ireland on Thursday. In the first ball of the 18th over, Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar were at the crease when they were docked 5 runs for the first time.

Pakistan, warned for running on the protected area of the pitch, were penalised twice, for five runs each time and India began their innings at 10/0. This was Dar's maiden worldwide T20 half century.

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Playing under the blistering sun, India won the toss and sent their opposition in to bat and restricted them to 129-7 from their allotted overs.

Pakistan were still not out of the woods as they could only reach 53 for 3 at the half-way stage but the sloppy Indian fielding allowed their two batswomen Dar and Maroof to gain in confidence.

However, Bismah and Nida brought the innings back on track with a 94-run stand. Bismah scored 53 runs off 49 balls while Nida hit a breezy 52 off 35 deliveries which included five boundaries and two hits into the stands.

Notably, India haven't made past the group stages in the last three editions of the tournament, with their best finish - a semi-final appearance - coming in 2009 and 2010.

Australia beat Ireland by nine wickets: Ireland 93-6 in 20 overs (Kim Garth 24; Ellyse Perry 2-12).

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