St Kitts: Jhulan Goswami's India have put its campaign at the ICC World Twenty20 2010 back on track after defeating Pakistan by nine wickets in a one side affair.
Having lost the toss and put into field, Pakistan's opener, Nain Abidi made a good start with 20 runs from 14 balls but her form was not to be followed by the three next batters who departed for two, one and zero respectively.
It was then up to captain Sana Mir to take control, of which she did, and managed 35 off 41 balls but she wasn't backed up and departed after being stumped by Sulakshana Naik off the bowling of Priyanka Roy.
Roy was the pick of the Indian bowlers after she finished the innings with figures of 3-19.
As India took the field a cloud loomed in the distance but the chance of rain was not going to stop India from reaching its target. Naik got the Indians under way before being run out on 16 by Asmavia Iqbal and the task was left to Poonam Raut and Mithali Raj to bring the win home for India.
Raut did just that, making her debut of the tournament, striking 54 runs in an innings that included six boundaries. Raj aided her with a 28-ball 33 and the pair knocked off the last nine runs required after a brief interval for rain in the 17th over.
Pakistan women 104 for 6 (Sana 35, Mumtaz 26, Roy 3-19)
India women 106 for 1 (Raut 54*, Mithali 33*)
Result India Women won by nine wickets
MOM Poonam Raut (India Women)