Before the start of the multi-nation event, organizers said that the match between India and Pakistan “really caught the interest” of the local public in Birmingham, which has a large presence of people of Indian and Pakistani origin.
The second Group A match of the respective teams was crucial: India lost by three wickets despite the lead against Australia. On the other hand, Pakistan also suffered a 15-run loss to Barbados.
With no bilateral cricket between these two teams, fans from both countries have to be satisfied with a one-off meeting in events such as the Commonwealth Games and ICC tournaments. Despite gloomy weather and a delay in the toss of rain, the stands had different shades of blue and green played by the fans.
While Indian fans had more reasons to rejoice as they moved closer to an eight-wicket win, players from both sides noted the support of the huge crowd at Edgbaston. All-rounder Sneh Rana said, “It is fun to play in front of a big crowd when some of them are cheering for you. I heard some fans cheering my name on the boundary and it felt really good.” 2-15 produced an impressive Indian bowling performance after the match.
Opener and vice-captain Smriti Mandhana, who enthralled the visitors with an unbeaten 63 and sealed India’s eight-wicket victory, agreed with affection’s thoughts on the record crowd at Edgbaston and remembered the visitors back home. and urged the supporters to come for India’s matches. England. After the Commonwealth Games, India will play three ODIs and as many T20 matches against England.
“Over the years, we have received a lot of support from our fans. We all enjoy it when we play in front of a big crowd because it motivates you. Whenever a catch is taken, or a four or a hit Six, the excitement is really special. I would like the fans to come out in huge numbers for all our matches because it inspires the entire team. Our fans are amazing. We feel at home wherever we play.”
Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, who scored 32 off 30 balls, praised the entire home crowd. “We really enjoyed the atmosphere and vibes of the whole match. The crowd is really nice, welcoming and supportive.”
Muniba struggled for her shots but soon found her grove with boundaries from Renuka Thakur and Meghna Singh. She felt 120 could have been too good on a hybrid pitch and was saddened to be dismissed for returning a simple catch to Sneh on her own ball. From there, Pakistan were quickly bowled out for 99 runs in 18 overs per match.
“My intention was to score in the powerplay. Some of the shots I played came well, so it was a very good start. My dismissal was really soft and disappointing. We thought 120-plus would be a good score.” , but there were 100 runs, it is difficult for bowlers to defend on a wicket like this.
For Muniba, who is a left-handed opener, it was a nice thrill to see Smriti play delightful shots around the park. “I always try to learn from the best players around the world – wicketkeeping helps me do that. It was a really cool experience.”
Sneh, India’s best bowler on the day with her slow pace and some lovely dips, turns and drifts, was happy with her work in the match and reminded everyone that a match against Pakistan was another game for her.
He was rested from India’s tour of Sri Lanka in late June and spent time at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. With a double strike from Muniba and skipper Bismah Maroof, he justified his selection at the expense of left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gaikwad.
“It’s a special feeling – everything we had planned in the net session worked out. It’s always special when you play against Pakistan, but it’s just another game.”
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