India women’s team continued their winning streak in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on Sunday as they thrashed arch-rival Pakistan by seven wickets to register a comfortable win in their second group match. The match was played at the Providence Stadium, Guyana.

Bowling first, the Women-in-Blue were on the top during the powerplay as Pakistan were reduced to 30 runs for a loss of three wickets in 6.2 overs — courtesy Arundhati Reddy’s tight bowling and two run-outs. However, Indian team’s fielding went downhill after that as Harmanpreet Kaur’s side kept dropping sitters.

Riding on some good luck and some brilliant stroke play, Bismah Maroof (53) and Nida Dar (52) brought Women-in-Green back into the game by snitching a 93-run stand for the fourth wicket. Dayalan Hemalatha struck then and removed both Maroof and Dar in a single over.

The win was a piece of cake for the Indian side as expected, but the Pakistan team will take plenty of positives from the defeat as they fought back and took the game on till the 19th over. With the win, India have taken a big leap towards the semifinals. Pakistan need to win their last two games and hope for some results to go their way.

Here are 3 talking points from Sunday’s India Vs Pakistan match

Sloppy catches

Riding on seasoned batter Mithali Raj’s composed half-century, India thrashed Pakistan by seven wickets. But the team’s performance was not up to the mark, especially in the fielding department. After reducing Pakistan to 30 for 3, with the help of two brilliant run-outs, Team India’s fielding went downhill as four simple chances were missed.

First Smriti Mandhan dropped a sitter at mid-on on Reddy’s bowling. Then one of the best fielders in Indian unit, Veda Krishnamurthy gifted a chance to Dar as she dropped a simple catch on Radhya Yadav’s bowling.

The third chance was missed by Poonam Yadav, followed by another by Yadav on her own bowling. Not just catches, but Indian fielders were seen fumbling as if they did not want the balls to come their way.

Though the dropped chances on Sunday did not cost any point to India, it might come back to hurt them against a better unite like Australia and England.

Penalty runs

On Sunday Pakistan’s two runs were cancelled in the last as Pak batters were treading on danger zone on the pitch. Not just that, Harmanpreet Kaur-led side were also given 10 extra runs in the start of their innings as Pakistan were penalised twice for running on danger zone.

 

Confused?

On Sunday, during Pakistan’s innings, umpire Suzanne Redfern had warned Pak batters thrice not to run on the danger (in the middle of the crease) area. But the Women-in-Green did that the fourth time in the 18th over and five extra runs were given to Women-in-Blue. In the last, over once again umpire spotted Pakistan batters running on danger zone and five more runs were added on Indian scoreboard without even playing a single ball.

Pakistan’s highest score

With the help of two half-centuries from Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar, Pakistan women cricket team on Sunday posted their highest total 133 for the loss of seven wickets in front of India. Though Pakistan lost the match, they would be happy with the milestone.

On Sunday, Maroof and Nida also stitched a 93-run stand for the fourth wicket, which is also their highest partnership against India in WWT20.