On Friday, India Women lost to Pakistan Women in the Women's Asia Cup T20 in Sylhet.
Despite suffering a shock defeat to Thailand on Thursday, Pakistan bounced back with a 13-run victory. After four matches in the tournament, India and Pakistan both have six points.
Pakistan win ended India's streak of five consecutive T20I wins since 2016. The last time India lost to Pakistan was during the Women's T20 World Cup in Delhi on March 19, 2016. With 10 wins out of 13 matches, India still leads Pakistan in T20Is.
Both bat and ball, Pakistan Women put up a spirited performance as India faltered in chase of 138. In Friday's 13-run win over archrivals India, Nadia Dar struck an unbeaten half-century and took two wickets to star in Pakistan's all-round performance. As India opted to bowl first, they reduced their opponents to 33/3 in the Powerplay but then Nida and Bismah Maroof began the repair work with 76 runs for the fourth wicket. With 56 points, Nida remained unbeaten, while Maroof finished with 32. In 20 overs, they scored 137/6.
A promising start was made by India before they were reduced to 29/2 inside six overs. After Harmanpreet Kaur left in the 17th over, Pakistan continued to land regular blows to keep India under pressure. Richa Ghosh then hit a four and three sixes to revive India's hopes. As the scorecard read 120/8 and 18 runs to win off 9, the contest was evenly poised. India's hopes ended when Richa was caught in the deep on 26 in her attempt to catch up with the asking rate. Eventually, they folded for 120 in 19.4 overs.
There are two matches left for India in the group stage - against Bangladesh on Saturday and Thailand on Monday. At the same time, Pakistan's final group matches will be against United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka.
The top four teams in the group stage will continue to the semifinals. On October 15, the final will take place at the same venue.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Sabbineni Meghana, Richa Ghosh (wk), Dayalan Hemalatha, Sneh Rana, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Renuka Thakur, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad and KP Navgire.
Pakistan: Bismah Maroof (c), Aiman Anwer, Ayesha Naseem, Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig, Muneeba Ali, Kainat Imtiaz, Nida Dar, Sadaf Shamas, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Nawaz, Sidra Ameen and Tuba Hassan.
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