The fifth fixture of the ICC Women's World T20 between India and Pakistan was a very interesting affair. Both the teams were at it, and the match ended up going right down to the wire. It was the Indian Women's team which won the match, but Pakistan also put up a good fight.
Batting first, Pakistan managed a decent 133 for 7 in their 20 overs, much thanks to some brilliant in the middle of the innings by Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar. The two scored half-centuries each to help their side move forward from a poor start, wherein they were 30 for 3 at one point.
But their quest to defeat India became even more difficult, when the umpires hit them with a 10-run penalty. The Pakistani batters were warned as many as three times by the officials, who told them to avoid running on the pitch.
Despite the repeated warnings, they kept on making the same mistake, and were made to pay heavily for it. The 10-run penalty handed to Pakistan were given as two five-runs penalty for two separate incidents.
The first one took place in the first ball of the 18th over. The two batters on the field were found to be running on the field, and hence, the umpire handed the first 5-run penalty. And the second one was given for a similar incident in the final ball of the last over.
India, now chasing a revised target of 124, made the best possible start, with openers Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana laying a great foundation. The two batters put 73 for the first wicket in less than 10 overs as 'Women in Blue' looked on course for a comfortable win.
But Pakistan made a comeback, and along with stopping the flow of runs, also managed to take wickets on a regular basis. Yet, India managed to win the game with almost an over to spare. And in the end, the 10-run penalty proved to be the big difference between a possible win and loss for Pakistan.