India-Pakistan always spell high-voltage drama for fans. India went up against Pakistan in Women Asia Cup T20, 2018. Pakistan skipper Bismah Maroof won the toss and elected to bat first. The decision did not work in Pakistan’s favour as they suffered a major batting collapse. Only two batters, Nahida Khan and Sana Mir could score in double digits as Pakistan scored a below par score of 72 for 7 wickets in the first innings.
India’s batting lineup is strong and it seemed like the target will be a cakewalk for them. But Anam Anim gave India jitters as she dismissed both Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma for zero. Opener Smriti Mandhana and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur steadied the ship and played out her overs.
Mandhana-Kaur shared a partnership of 65 runs for the third wicket. They scored 38 runs and 34 runs respectively helping India win the match by 7 wickets and reach the final of Asia CUp T20 with 23 balls to spare. Mandhana lost her wicket just three runs away from victory.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to India’s win over Pakistan –
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 9, 2018
Laxman, the perfect gentleman that he is, was quick to congratulate the team.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 9, 2018
Kaif thought the victory was consummate!
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 9, 2018
Kaur got her share of praise too.
— Monica (@monicas004) June 9, 2018
And then of course, there were the smart alecs!
— pankaj (@pk772003) June 9, 2018
The reworked version of ‘baap baap hota hai or beta beta’
— Sushant (@sushantp44) June 9, 2018
Can be done?
Under 10 Cricket bhi karwalo, Tum Jitne se koso door rahoge.
— Virender Sehwag (@virender_swag) June 9, 2018
Even politicians had their eye on the women’s game.
— Shahnawaz Hussain (@ShahnawazBJP) June 9, 2018
The arch-rival destroyer!
— Jessy Rajkumari (@imJR_4) June 9, 2018
Stating the obvious
As usual, India beat Pak again#INDvPAK
— (@chandresht15) June 9, 2018
India will be playing in their seventh Asia Cup final. They have lost only one match in the history of the tournament. They were stunned by Bangladesh in the league stages this year.