World Cup exit overshadows India’s consolation win

The contrasting moods of the India and Pakistan captains at the end of the seventh place play-off at the Barabati Stadium would have left anyone confused about the result. While the Pakistan captain Sana Mir was all smiles after a “tough tour”, her India counterpart Mithali Raj wore a blank face.

It didn’t really matter to Raj that her fourth ODI century had helped India chase 193 against arch rivals Pakistan with ease. It came a little too late since India’s primary objective – that of staying alive for having a shot at the title – had slipped out of their hands even before they arrived in Cuttack. The hosts were eliminated before the second stage of the tournament.

“Well, the win has not made us happy because we know that being such a good team, the way we started our first game against West Indies, we thought we had a good chance of making it to the Super Sixes. To exit the tournament here, the girls are very disappointed. Yes it was a must-win game because we didn’t want to lose again and finish last,” Raj said. Read more
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