This blog is now closed, thanks for joining us. These were the updates on the India vs Pakistan Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 match in South Africa on Sunday, February 12 12 Feb 2023 – 16:37 (16:37 GMT)
It’s a wrap!
There was a lot of hype surrounding this match, and it did not fail to deliver.
In the end, India’s batting depth proved the difference as they claim an opening victory to their World T20 campaign.
Pakistan will certainly feel hard done, having put in an exemplary performance with the bat, but in the end they just couldn’t pick up the wickets as needed to keep India’s innings under control.
India will now play West Indies next on February 15, while Pakistan face off against Ireland in a must-win game on the same day.
It has been a pleasure having you join us today, and do stay tuned as we continue to cover the tournament over the coming weeks.
What a run chase!
The second-highest successful run-chase in Women’s #T20WorldCup history
The second-highest successful run-chase in Women’s #T20WorldCup histor
Kaur: ‘It is a good sign for us’
India captain Kaur shared her feelings on the match.
“At the end of the day, we wanted to win this game. It was very sensible batting from both of them [Ghosh and Rodrigues]. All the players are keen to do well and it is a good sign for us [to win]. Every match is important for us, no matter who we play against.”
A visibly disappointed Pakistani captain sums up her views on the match.
Bismah: ‘We were in the game all the time’
“We were in the game all the time. They played really well. We did [make] some mistakes in the bowling. We will try to be better in the next game. As a batting unit, we played really well.”
STAT ALERT: Bismah Maroof (2628) in the ongoing game overtook England’s, Charlotte Edwards (2605) on the all-time leading run scorers chart in Women’s T20 Internationals. Bismah now sits on the 8th spot on all-time leading WT20I run scorers.
Rodrigues: ‘We are happy, but the tournament has just begun’
A rather gleeful Rodrigues had this to say after her match-winning innings.
“I don’t know what to say. I knew we had to build partnerships and take it deep. We started off a little slow, but we knew we could chase any target. This innings means a lot as I haven’t scored [a fifty] in a long time,” she said.
“We were just taking it over by over. If we were there till the end, then we knew we could do it. It was a pretty good wicket, but definitely on the slower side [though]. We are happy we won, but the tournament has just begun.”
Congratulations Miss Kaur and Team India, against Pakistan is always special.
India beat Pakistan by seven wickets
Fatima is brought back on for the penultimate over as Pakistan desperately need wickets.
Rodrigues toys with the bowler as she shuffles across to glance one down the fine leg region for four.
She then plays an uppish cut through a vacant third region before sealing the match with a cover drive for four to record a famous victory for India.
This is India’s highest successful run chase in this format, and provides a good omen for the rest of their campaign.
In the process, Rodrigues records a valiant fifty as well.
Richa Ghosh and Jemimah Rodrigues of India interact during the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup group B match between India and Pakistan at Newlands Stadium on February 12, 2023, in Cape Town, South Africa (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)