WT20: Indian eves beat Pakistan by five wickets

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/c/cricgen3.jpg' class='caption'> Priyanka Roy's 5-wicket haul and Anjum Chopra's unbeaten 46-ball 32 helped India beat Pakistan by five wickets in a Women's World Twenty20 Pool B match.

Updated: June 13, 2009 17:18 IST
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Leg-spinner Priyanka Roy's fivewicket haul and Anjum Chopra's gutsy unbeaten 46-ball 32 helped India bounce back into contention as they defeated arch-rival Pakistan by five wickets in a Women's World Twenty20 Pool B match on Saturday.

India skittled out Pakistan for a paltry 75 in 19.5 overs, thanks to some clinical display by Roy and pace-woman Rumeli Dhar (3/13), and then overhauled the target with 14 balls to spare.

Chasing the target, India got off to a disastrous start as they lost three wickets in first five overs, but Chopra who cracked five fours, cashed on her experience to help the team romp home.

Earlier, electing to bat, the Pakistan batting line-up failed to negotiate the clinical performance by Indian bowlers as only three batters - opener Nain Abidi (17), Asmavia Iqbal (10) and Almas Akram (12) - managed double digit scores.

Dhar, who extracted some fine bounces and lateral movements from the pitch, dealt the first blow by removing left-hand opener Bismah Maroof (6) and then sent back Sajjida Shah for a duck.

The other opener Abidi, who had cracked three fours during her 18-ball stay and was looking dangerous, soon became Dhar's third victim as her ambitious shot found Priyanka Roy.

Pakistan failed to recover from those early blows and kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

After Dhar's dazzling spell, Roy came up with a stunning spin bowling effort to pile on Pakistan's agony.

She sent back Javeria Khan (2) in her first delivery and then dismissed Armaan Khan (0) in the same over, before she removed skipper Sana Mir (8).

Gouher Sultana (1/9) also chipped in with one wicket.

In the end, Akram waged a lone battle but her 19-ball innings was not enough to push Pakistan score beyond 100-run mark.

Chasing the paltry target, Indian women soon found them in difficult situation as they lost three wickets for just 21 runs in five overs.

India suffered first loss in the form of Poonam Raut who ran herself out without giving any trouble to the scorers.

Mithali Raj (10) then joined the other opener and former skipper Anjum Chopra in the middle, but just when the duo were getting their eyes in pace-woman Qanita Jalil removed Raj, leaving India at 15 for two.

Dhar (0) and Roy (7), who together scalped eight wickets to bundle out Pakistan, failed to repeat the magic with the willow and returned to the pavilion in quick succession, but Chopra held her nerve to complete the task.

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