ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2023: India Lose Yastika Bhatia, Shafali Verma At Halfway Stage, Need 83 More Runs To Win

India suffered an early blow losing Yastika Bhatia (17), but Shafali Verma looked like she would go the distance only to be dismissed for 33 in the 10th over.

Shafali scored a 25-ball 33 against Pakistan on Sunday.

With Smriti Mandhana out of the team due to a finger injury, Yastika Bhatia partnered Shafali Verma at the top of the order.

Both batters looked comfortable scoring runs, especially Bhatia, who timed the ball sweetly on a couple of occasions sending the ball to the boundary ropes.

Shafali Verma was adjudged lbw off a Sadia Iqbal delivery in the fourth over, a decision that was reversed upon review.

Pakistani spinners seemed to have taken a leaf out of the page of the Indian bowling in the first innings, as they bowled within the line of the stumps giving no room to the batters to free their hands.

After having the lbw decision reversed in her favour, Shafali appeared to be shifting gears scoring a couple of boundaries.

Bhatia soon departed in the last over of the powerplay, trying to hit one over the in-field, but getting caught at covers by Fatima Sana off Iqbal. Shafali took the attack to the bowler helping India score 43 runs in the first six overs for the loss of one wicket.

Jemimah Rodrigues, who has been struggling with the bat of late, joined Shafli in the middle and hit a couple of fours early on in her innings.

With the field now spread out, both batters ensured that the scoreboard stayed ticking by rotating the strike.

The first ball of the 10th over saw Shafali step out of the crease, striking the ball cleanly only to be sensationally caught by Sidra Ameen at long-off.

With Rodrigues and captain Harmanpreet Kaur at the crease, India need 83 runs off 60 deliveries.