Pakistan Women's cricket team celebrate during the Asia Cup 2010 - File photo by AFP

Pakistan beat India by one run in a thrilling match of the Women's World Twenty20 at the Galle International Stadium in Sri Lanka on Monday.

Both teams were playing for pride, having failed to qualify for the semi-final of the eight-nation event, and Pakistan emerged victorious courtesy their bowling unit, which halted India's progress despite a low target.

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Batting first, Pakistan were restricted to 98-9 as Jhulan Goswami, Rasanara Parwin and and Anuja Patil took two wickets  apiece. Pakistan's captain and opener Sana Mir top-scored with 26, including two fours, off 38 balls. She was helped by experienced batter Nain Abidi, who scored 25 after the other opener, Qanita Jalil was dismissed on the seventh ball of her innings after scoring three runs. The rest of the Pakistani batting line up failed to reach double figures and it wasn't until all-rounder Nida Dar came in to bat at number seven that Pakistan hit their first six of the innings. Dar scored 10 runs off ten deliveries.

When India came out to bat, they lost their first wicket in the fourth over when wicketkeeper Sulakshana Naik was dismissed by Jalil for nine runs. India's star batter Mithali Raj then formed a partnership with Poonam Raut as they took India to 44 runs without further damage. Both set batswomen were then sent back by Dar, who removed Raut (18) in the tenth over and then Raj (16) in the twelfth over.

Goswami then threatened to take the match away from Pakistan when she hit two fours in her 21-run innings off 24 balls but she was dismissed by Bismah Maroof in the 19th over.

Dar, named player of the match, took three wickets and gave away only 12 runs in her four overs and was responsible for removing India's top order batters. Leg-break bowler Bismah Maroof was responsible for removing the lower-order batters who looked like they would take India home. Maroof, however, removed Goswami (21) and Amita Sharma in the second-last over to give Pakistan the upper hand. Captain Mir also contributed with a wicket in the 16th over as Pakistan inched towards victory.

Pakistan and India had lost their other two Group A matches against England and defending champions Australia and the result of this final group match remained inconsequential to their progress in the tournament. Both teams, however, were playing for pride a day after India's men's team had battered Pakistan by eight wickets in the men's World Twenty20 Super Eights.

This one-run win was Pakistan's first ever in any World Twenty20 tournament after their dismal performances in the 2009 and 2010 events.

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Comments (37) Closed

Oct 01, 2012 12:41pm
Sad the girls (on both teams) don't get more coverage (and cash!)...they obviously put their best to the game each day!
Oct 01, 2012 10:38pm
Absolutely agreed!!
Oct 02, 2012 12:17am
Many Congratulations ! to our Pakistan Women Cricket Team. The whole nation feel proud of your performance.
Oct 01, 2012 12:06pm
Well at least this balances the situation of cricket between India and Pakistan.You win some, you loose sum.Of course your boys must be feeling really in the dumps.
Oct 01, 2012 12:02pm
Thumbs down to mens team!!!
Oct 01, 2012 11:53am
That's a very good idea. I agree.
Oct 01, 2012 07:31am
Congratz Ladies made us proud
Malik - AUS
Oct 01, 2012 07:17am
good work Paki sis's, may be you can give some tips to hold the nerve in pressure to mens team, who seems to live in own clouds, useless boys... you made us proud... well done.
Oct 01, 2012 07:15am
Pakistani women have raised our pride but the men cricket team really disappointed the Pakistani Nation. The men team, majority are on parchi and sifarish. If merit is followed any sane Pakistani can make a better men cricket team than this foolish performance last evening against India
Ehsan karim
Oct 01, 2012 07:10am
Wow.. It was sensational match.. Congrats ladies
Oct 01, 2012 07:12am
Wow.. It was a sensational match.. Congrats ladies !!
Oct 01, 2012 08:21am
Oct 01, 2012 07:00am
Why not put these women into Pakistani men cricket team
Oct 02, 2012 02:33am
Go girls, awesome!
Oct 02, 2012 03:14am
Pakistan Men's Cricket Team should atleast learn how to keep their nerves, when facing India, from their Women's Cricket Team....
Oct 02, 2012 12:09am
Many congratulations ! to our Pakistan Women Cricket Team. Whole nation is proud of your performance.
Sarabjeet (India)
Oct 01, 2012 10:16am
Heartiest congratulations from India. Pak women know to handle pressure better than their male counterparts.
Ali Vaqar Awan
Oct 01, 2012 12:47pm
Congradulations to our women team for wining against India. Shame on you pakistani men team and how badly you choked out. It proves our women have better ability than our men to handle pressure. Funds and sponsers should invest in our women team, atleast they are trying and want to succeed.
Mariam Mohammed
Oct 01, 2012 09:12am
Atleast the Indian women lost with dignity (just 1 run) unlike our men cricketers :(
hamid Shafiq
Oct 01, 2012 10:27am
great news at the time of mens team defeat yesterday. i hope all the funds should allocated to women team to perofrm better and better rather mens team just waste the money and defeat with great margins.
Oct 01, 2012 11:26am
Well Done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Waqas ur Rahman
Oct 01, 2012 11:14am
Well Done. You made us PROUD !!!
Oct 01, 2012 09:22am
u r abs right!
Oct 01, 2012 08:39am
Invest more money they got the potential.
Oct 01, 2012 02:22pm
By watching wc 20 india pakistan(MEN) match i am convinced pakistan women team can beat pakistan mens team easily.
Oct 01, 2012 10:59am
Boom Boom Ladies!!!!!
True Pakistani
Oct 01, 2012 11:29am
i love Pakistan women team. Congrat:)
Oct 01, 2012 09:58am
Congratulation Pakistan and Best wishes and good luck from California
khalid mahmood
Oct 01, 2012 07:58am
weldone sisters
Mudassir Hussain
Oct 01, 2012 09:54am
Good job. At least some respite!! it is also very interesting to read the comments given earlier on this news piece ... :-)
Oct 01, 2012 07:48am
Excellent performance under pressure. Hafeez and his boys should learn cricket from these Girls. God Bless the Pakistani Girls!
Danish Khan
Oct 01, 2012 07:36am
Correct your news they won by a run on 2 runs. God bless our media ...
Faaiza Rehman
Oct 01, 2012 01:25pm
Oct 01, 2012 01:23pm
good luck for future...the men cricket team will win the T20 world cup.hope for the best..and Australia will trash to india in a next match..
Oct 02, 2012 07:05am
No offence to any one...But I never felt women cricket as a serious game..
Oct 01, 2012 08:04am
Congratz and shame on men cricket team. despite very little funding, women cricketers are performing extremely well and if PCB starts investing half of the fund being invested our coward men cricketers then our women cricket team would become the champions of the game. PCB should also invest half of the fund of men cricket team to our blind cricket team and our men cricket team funding should be blocked till the next winning of match against INDIA.
Oct 01, 2012 08:03am
I hope that the male pakistani team learns some lesson from these talented women team.