Toss Pakistan Women chose to bat vs India Women
18 overs a side
called right at the toss and Pakistan opted to bat against India, even as an on-and-off drizzle in Birmingham delayed the start by close to an hour-and-a-half and reduced the contest to 18 overs a side.
, who took a blow to her head while batting against Barbados two days ago, missed this match with a concussion and Kainat Imtiaz
replaced her in the XI for Pakistan.
India made a couple of changes. S Meghana, who arrived in Birmingham late after testing positive for Covid-19, came in for Harleen Deol while allrounder Sneh Rana – who returned to the set-up after missing the recent series against Sri Lanka
– replaced left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
Both teams lost their opening clashes at the Commonwealth Games – Pakistan lost
to Barbados while Australia snatched a win after they were pushed by India
. As a result, this clash assumes greater significance; each team plays just the three league matches before the semi-finals.
The morning’s light, misty drizzle – one that wouldn’t usually stop a game already in progress but stalls starts – returned after the toss to delay the start further.
India: 1 Smriti Mandhana, 2 Shafali Verma, 3 S Meghana, 4 Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), 5 Jemimah Rodrigues, 6 Yastika Bhatia (wk), 7 Deepti Sharma, 8 Sneh Rana 9 Radha Yadav, 10 Meghna Singh, 11 Renuka Singh
Pakistan: 1 Iram Javed, 2 Muneeba Ali (wk), 3 Omaima Sohail, 4 Bismah Maroof (capt), 5 Aliya Riaz, 6 Kainat Imtiaz 7 Ayesha Naseem, 8 Fatima Sana, 9 Diana Baig, 10, Tuba Hassan, 11 Anam Amin