"Today is a historic day in cricket as the bidding for teams of inaugural #WPL broke the records of the inaugural men's IPL in 2008!" Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for cricket in India tweeted.
A half century by Nida Dar carried Pakistan close to a victory which would have been one of the most significant in its World Cup history. But she was run out for 55 in the 49th over.
Centuries for Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur anchored a record-breaking innings of 317-8 before India's spinners skittled the West Indies for 162. The total was India's highest at a Women's World Cup and the best by any team so far at this year's tournament, surpassing the 310 posted by Australia against England.
Amy Satterthwaite scored 75 and Amelia Kerr added 50 as New Zealand made 260-9, batting first after India won the toss. Harmanpreet Kaur made an outstanding 71 from 63 balls to lead her team’s response but India was all out for 198 in the 47th over.
Chasing N.Zealand's below par 203, Sciver's 61 had England cruising to victory at 187 for five before they lost four wickets for nine runs. Unbeaten Australia have already qualified for the final four while England, S.Africa, West Indies and India are all in contention for the remaining three slots.
In a rain-shortened match with innings of 20 overs, Pakistan bowled superbly to contain the West Indies' potent batting line-up to 89-7 then overhauled the modest target with seven balls to spare.
Using the #IDeclare hashtag, the ICC is urging cricket fans worldwide to show what they can do to "further promote gender equality and further empower women and girls through cricket."
The result puts Australia top of the tournament's eight-team leaderboard but leaves Pakistan bottom with a struggle to make the final four after two losses. "Everyone's in really good form, we all got starts and I guess we're all feeling in good nick," Lanning said.
Pakistan appeared to be cruising to victory, powered by a maiden century for Sidra Ameen, but slumped to a nine-run defeat after losing six wickets for 26 runs.
Several stakeholders in women's cricket, including premier cricketers like Ellyse Perry and cricketer-turned-broadcaster Lisa Sthalekar, had been demanding for women's IPL to happen as India reached the final of the 2017 ODI World Cup and 2020 T20 World Cup.