"Thrashing in grand style!"- Twitter erupts as India thump Pakistan in World Cup opener

The Indian Women's team passed a true litmus test against Pakistan in their 2022 World Cup opener
The Indian Women's team passed a true litmus test against Pakistan in their 2022 World Cup opener

India have begun their 2022 Women's World Cup campaign with a staggering 107-run win over arch-rivals Pakistan. The Women in Blue will be ecstatic with the way their lower middle-order responded after their top order failed to deliver.

The bowlers too came to the party and ensured that the target of 245 was a bridge too far for Pakistan. This win has improved their net run rate and they have made it to the top of their group.

Fans from the cricketing fraternity showered praise on the way the Women in Blue showed character in crunch situations and overcame a tricky test against Pakistan. Here are some of their reactions:

What a spectacular performance by the Indian girls against Pakistan. That was a thrashing, and in grand style. Pooja Vastrakar with a valiant innings, the ever so reliable Sneh Rana's great all-round show & Rajeshwari Gayakwad outstanding with the ball. ChakDe India #IndvPak
India Women against Pakistan Women in ODI format:WonWonWonWonWonWonWonWonWonWonWonThe streak continues: 11-0.
🇮🇳India's Richa Ghosh is the only wicket-keeper to have 5 or more dismissals on a World Cup debut.#CWC22 #CricketTwitter #TeamIndia
India's superstars of the day! Well done, girls. #INDvPAK #CWC22
What a win. This would feel very satisfying considering India were in trouble at 114/6. To win by 107 runs and start the World Cup Campaign with a bang is a splendid effort by @BCCIWomen #INDvPAK
Repeat after me we are lucky that Queen Rajeshwari is playing for India. #INDvPAK
Cheers 🥂 to India's Victory!!!#INDvPAK
Sneh Rana in very short career - she played a marvelous Innings on her Debut Test Match against England in England and save Test match for India 80*(154) and now she played her 11th ODI match and Once again played a outstanding Innings 53*(48) in under pressure in WC for India.
What a comeback. Very similar to the 1999 Men's World Cup match. Loved the fight shown by the lower order and the bowlers. Congratulations Team India :DWell played, Pakistan. 👏Here's hoping there's another India-Pakistan contest in this tournament at a later stage.#INDvPAK
Brilliant win for #TeamIndia!The partnership between Sneh & Pooja got us back in the game when we were 114/6. The best thing the two did was to rotate strike smartly & convert 2s into 3s & didn’t miss out on putting loose deliveries away.Their mindset helped us win.#INDvPAK

Vastrakar, Rana rescued India from a tricky situation

Mithali Raj had no hesitation in choosing to bat first after winning the toss. However, the Indians didn't get the start that they were hoping for. The Women in Blue kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and at one stage were reeling at 114/6.

This was when all-rounders Pooja Vastrakar and Sneh Rana got together at the crease and stitched a crucial partnership for the seventh wicket. The duo absorbed all the pressure from the Pakistan bowlers and then pounced on the loose deliveries.

Slowly but steadily, the duo took their team to a decent total and added a crucial 122 runs together. Half-centuries from Vastrakar and Rana ensured that their team had a competitive total of 244/7 on the board.

Pakistan hadn't chased such a big target yet and thus, it was important for them to get off to a good start. However, left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad spun a web and kept on taking wickets at regular intervals.

Jhulan Goswami and Rana also chipped in with a couple of wickets each as Pakistan were bundled out for just 137. This win has taken the Indian Women's streak to 11 unbeaten games against Pakistan Women in ODIs.

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Edited by Arjun Panchadar
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