In their Women’s Cricket World Cup encounter at Mount Maunganui on Sunday, India defeated Pakistan by 107 runs, thanks to a record partnership between Pooja Vastrakar and Sneh Rana, who overcame a mid-innings slump.
Pakistan were all out for 137 in the 43rd over in response to India’s 244 for seven in the first match between Asian rivals since India’s 2017 World Cup success.
When Pakistan had India for six for 114 in the 34th over, they believed they had the upper hand.
Vastrakar and Rana saved the innings with a World Cup-record 122-run seventh-wicket partnership, pushing the total to 244 for seven.
Vastrakar, the contest’s player of the match, hammered 67 off 59 deliveries before being bowled in the penultimate over by Fatima Sana, while Rana remained unbeaten on 53 off 48 deliveries.
Despite India’s rout, skipper Mithali Raj said that the team still has a long way to go if it wants to make the playoffs.