T20 Women's World Cup: Pakistan beat India in thriller

Sana Mir's Pakistan edged out India by one run in a low-scoring match.

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Sana Mir's Pakistan ensured they would end their T20 World Cup campaign in the group stage with at least a win as they edged out India by one run in a low-scoring thriller at Galle International Stadium today.

India required four runs from the last delivery of the match to overhaul the target of 99, but N Niranjana was able to take only two runs and was also run out in the process. At the start of the last over bowled by Mir, India needed 14 runs and despite Niranjana's best efforts fell just short.

Poonam Raut and skipper Mithali Raj appeared to have given India the platform for a successful chase with their 31-run partnership for the second wicket, but they were dismissed in quick succession. Jhulan Goswami, who top-scored with 21, then took charge, but Bismah Maroof dismissed her in the 19th over with India still 16 runs adrift of the target.

Nida Dar (3-12) was the most successful of Pakistan's bowlers, while Maroof took two wickets. Mir and Jalil took a wicket each.

Earlier, Mir elected to bat after winning the toss, but the decision seemed to backfire as her opening partner Qanita Jalil was dismissed by Niranjana in the fourth over.

Pakistan's innings never gained momentum, as only four boundaries were hit during the course of their innings.

Only three batters reached double figures - Mir (26), Nain Abidi (25) and Asmavia Iqbal (10) - as Pakistan finished at 98 for 9; a sub-par total, but one that proved to be just enough in the end. Goswami, debutatnte Rasanara Parwin and Anuja Patil took two wickets each; while Mona Meshram had the most economical figures of 4-0-14-0.

Pakistan and India now face South Africa and Sri Lanka respectively in the play-off matches at Colombo on Wednesday.

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