After becoming the first team to ensure a berth in the Super Six stage, India again won against team Zimbabwe by nine wickets in a Group A match of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier on Monday.
So far, India has not lost a single match in the ongoing tournament. Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav had a stellar performance with her career-best bowling. As Team India took up bowling first, the bowlers — led by Poonam — had them out of the batting crease in 28.5 overs, scoring a paltry 60. Soni Yadav generated good pace and picked up her first international wicket.
Playing at Colombo’s P Sara Oval, Captain Mithali Raj showed what it is called the best captaincy by giving her team a nudge, who took just 9 overs to achieve the target with just one wicket loss. Alongside Poonam, Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2/18) also picked up two wickets for Indian players, restricted Zimbabwe from scoring big.
Zimbabwe women were no match for the Indian women and struggled from the very beginning. From their team, only Mary-Anne Musonda (26) and Precious Marange (12) managed double digit scores.
Opener Veda Krishnamurthy was the lone Indian wicket to fall, but it didn’t affect the team’s mission to achieve the target. Mona Meshram (21 not out) and Harmanpreet Kaur (11 not out) were in their top form to guide Indian women to victory.
Zimbabwe, on the other hand, has had only one victory (against Thailand) thus far of their four matches played.
A one-sided match with India dominating throughout, now the team is assured the top rank on the table, and also by beating Zimbabwe, they now have ensured the maximum points in the group.
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