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PHOTOS: Dominant Indian women crush Pakistan in Asia Cup T20

June 09, 2018 12:27 IST

IMAGE: India's players celebrate a wicket against Pakistan in the Asia Cup T20 match. Photograph: PTI

A dominant India sailed into the final of the women's Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament with a seven-wicket drubbing of arch-rivals Pakistan in their last round robin match, in Kuala Lumpur, on Saturday.

 

Electing to bat after winning the toss, Pakistan were restricted to 72 for seven in the allotted 20 overs at the Kinrara Academy Oval.

Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht was the most successful India bowler, claiming impressive figures of three for 14 in four overs, and was rightly named the player of the match.

The other bowlers, including Shikha Pandey, Anuja Patil, Poonam Yadav and Deepti Sharma, chipped in with a scalp apiece, although pace spearhead Jhulan Goswami went wicketless.

Chasing a meagre target, India completed the task with as many as 23 balls to spare as they cruised to 75 for three in 16.1 overs.

IMAGE: Julan Goswami, left, and Taniya Bhatia celebrate the wicket of Javeria Khan, who was dismissed by Ekta Bisht. Photograph: PTI

Opener Smriti Mandhana top-scored with 38 off 40 balls while skipper Harmanpreet Kaur scored 34 from 49 deliveries.

Veteran Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma failed to open their account, but their failures did not come in the way of India's easy win.

India were off to a disastrous start as they lost Raj and Sharma with just five runs on the board in the third over, but the low target allowed them the liberty of taking things easy.

The duo of Mandhana and Harmanpreet then added 65 runs for the third wicket, a recovery act that powered the team to within striking distance of another victory.

Smriti Mandhana

IMAGE: Opener Smriti Mandhana top scored with 38 to guide India to an easy seven-wicket. Photograph: PTI

Even as Mandhana got out with three runs for win, Harmanpreet was there to guide her team home.

Earlier, Pakistan's decision to bat did not yield the desired result as they lost wicket at regular intervals, before they managed a lowly 72 for seven in their 20 overs.

Sana Mir, one of the most well-know names of Pakistan women's cricket, top-scored for the side with 20, but she consumed as many as 38 balls.

Opener Nahida Khan (18) was the only other Pakistan batswoman to reach double digits.

This was India's fourth win in five matches, their only reverse being the shocking defeat to Bangladesh. Following that loss, the Indians have bounced back in style, with victories against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Brief scores:

Pakistan: 72 for 7 in 20 overs (Sana Mir 20, Ekta Bisht 3-14).

India: 75 for 3 in 16.1 overs (Smriti Mandhana 38, Harmanpreet Kaur 34, Anam Amin 2-10).

Result: India women won by seven wickets.

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