Pakistan women cricket team qualifies for Women's World Cup

Pakistan women cricket team qualified for the upcoming Women's World Cup in England despite being demolished by India women cricket team by seven wickets at Colombo's P Sara Oval, reported espncricinfo.

India's Ekta Bisht showed her career-best returns during the match as she took five wickets for eight runs in 10 overs, paving the way for Pakistan's collapse at 67.

India required just 22.3 overs to chase down the target, with seven wickets in hand, and finished the Super Six stage as table toppers.

Earlier, Shikha Pandey set the tone for Pakistan's slide after Mithali Raj decided to bowl under overcast conditions. Pandey removed the in-form Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan for single-digit scores.

Pakistan were 30 for 2 after 10 overs when Bisht struck for the first time, off her very first ball, trapping Ayesha Zafar lbw for her 50th ODI scalp. Zafar had made 19.

Apart from Zafar, only Bismah Maroof got into double figures before Pakistan folded in the 44th over. Bisht had ample support. Pandey took two for nine from her seven overs, while spinners Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma and Devika Vaidya picked up a wicket apiece.

India's innings began with a boundary off the very first ball, but they quickly stuttered with Sana Mir and Sadia Yousuf reducing them to 23 for two.

Opening batswoman Deepti Sharma steered the chase with a 42-run third-wicket stand with Harmanpreet Kaur. Kaur became Yousuf's second victim when she was caught by Zafar with just three needed. But Veda Krisnamurthy closed out the game with a four off left-arm spinner Nashra Sandhu.

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