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first_imgHarmanpreet Kaur was a happy captain after India crushed Pakistan by 7 wickets in the ICC Women’s World T20 in West Indies on Sunday. However, the India skipper made it clear that there was still scope for improvement, especially in the fielding department.India, who now have four points from two matches, registered their second straight victory to stay on course for a place in the semi-finals.”We bowled well in patches but disappointed with our fielding. There are areas where we have to improve. Our plan is to always bowl well in the first six overs and they did that today,” Harmanpreet said at the post match presentation ceremony.READ – Mithali Raj stars as India demolish Pakistan | HighlightsAsked to bat, Pakistan rode on half-centuries from Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar to post 133/7.India fans celebrate the winning moment in Guyana! #WT20 pic.twitter.com/epCTj1wDdmICC World Twenty20 (@WorldT20) November 11, 2018In reply, India got off to a strong start with Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana at the top.Mandhana fell soon after a good start but senior pro Mithali kept her cool to bring up a well-deserved half-century.Harmanpreet was fluent at the other end and saw India through after Mithali perished for 56 off 47. By then, the match was almost in India’s grasp with 8 runs needed off 14 ballsVeda Krishna Murthy joined Harmanpreet in the middle and the duo took India home without further damage. Veda did survive a close run out chance but there were no other scares for India with victory coming with six balls remaining.advertisement”Mithali di is a key player for us and we have to use her smartly. Pakistan have a good bowling attack and it was my decision to open with her,” Harmanpreet said.India next play Ireland on Thursday and Harmanpreet expects her side to keep dominating their opponents.Two wins from two for @BCCIWomen puts them in pole position in Group B! #INDvPAK #WT20 pic.twitter.com/Q7JHqBvsGlICC World Twenty20 (@WorldT20) November 11, 2018″Happy with points on the board but we still have a long way to go. We are on right track but we have to keep repeating the good things we are doing,” Harmanpreet said.Fresh from a 52-run defeat to title contenders Australia in their opening match, Pakistan struggled to get going in the face of some accurate Indian bowling.Asked to bat first, Pakistan suffered an early blow when Arundhati Reddy dismissed Ayesha Zafar in the very first over thanks to an excellent catch by Veda Krishnamurthy at first slip.Omaima Sohail and Javeria Khan virtually gifted away their wickets with rather silly run-outs to leave Pakistan in trouble at 30/3 in the seventh over.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.Nida was the beneficiary of a piece of good luck when Veda dropped an easy catch at long-off off Radha Yadav’s bowling even as the ball slipped through for a boundary.The Indians continued to struggle with their fielding even as the Pakistanis piled on the runs with some superb strokeplay.Dayalan Hemalatha brought the Indians back into the game when she sent back both Pakistani batters in the 19th over shortly after they had reached their respective half-centuries.Maroof was caught by Veda at long-on after she had come down the track to a well-flighted delivery. Nida followed her back to the pavilion a couple of deliveries later when a mistimed cut hand an easy catch to Harmanpreet Kaur at cover.The rest of the Pakistani batters never really matched up to the Indian bowlers as apart from Javeria Khan, all of them failed to reach double figures.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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