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Women's World Cup: Ekta Bisht fifer helps India defeat Pakistan

India left-arm spinner’s fifer befuddles Pakistani batswomen in low-scoring World Cup encounter at Derby

India’s Ekta Bisht (right) celebrates the wicket of Pakistan’s Iram Javed during the ICC Women’s World Cup match in Derby yesterday. Pic/Getty ImagesIndia’s Ekta Bisht (right) celebrates the wicket of Pakistan’s Iram Javed during the ICC Women’s World Cup match in Derby yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht came to the fore with a stellar show as India crushed arch-rivals Pakistan by 95 runs in a low-scoring encounter to record their third successive victory in the ICC Women’s World Cup here yesterday.

After a couple of impressive outings by the batswomen, it was the turn of Bisht (10-2-18-5) and Co to defend a meagre total of 169, skittling the opposition out for a lowly 74 in 38.1 overs.

Top of the table
India now have six points from three games and are at the top of the table. It was sweet revenge for the Indian eves, who were beaten at home when the two teams met in the ICC World T20 in Delhi last year.

The Pakistani batters were all at sea against Ekta’s arm balls. She removed Ayesha Zafar (1), Sidra Nawaz (0) and Iram Javed (0) in her first four overs to wreak havoc.

All three deliveries were almost identical where the batters played for the turn but it didn’t turn much after pitching. She later came back to get a couple of wickets more.

Pakistan never recovered from that setback. Seamers Jhulan Goswami (1-12 in 5 overs) and young Mansi Joshi (2-9 in 6.1 overs) were also on target. Deepti Sharma (1-21) and Harmanpreet Kaur (1-6) were economical as all the batswomen struggled to get going.

Opener Nahida Khan (23 off 62 balls) and skipper Sana Mir (29) were the only ones to reach double figures for Pakistan.

India captain Mithali RajIndia captain Mithali Raj

Mithali: Proud of Ekta
Indian skipper Mithali Raj praised Ekta for her performance. "I am proud of Ekta’s performance. Whenever she has been handed the new ball, she has performed. Woman-of-the-Match Ekta said: "The plan was to pile on dot balls, because we were confident of the target we set." She said that she never had any problems bowling with the new ball.

Brief scores
India 169-9 in 50 overs (Punam Raut 47, Sushma Verma 33; N Sandhu 4-26) bt Pakistan 74 in 38.1 overs (S Mir 29, Nahida 23; Ekta Bisht 5-18, Mansi Joshi 2-9) by 95 runs

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