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PHOTOS: India trounce Sri Lanka to win Women's Asia Cup

Last updated on: October 15, 2022 16:45 IST
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Images from the Women's Asia Cup T20 final between India and Sri Lanka in Sylhet, Bangladesh on Saturday.

IMAGE: Renuka Singh registered wonderful figures of 3/15 in three overs to rip apart the Sri Lankan batting line-up in the final. Photograph: BCCI Women/Twitter

India stormed to their seventh Women's Asia Cup title in eight editions as they trounced Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the final in Sylhet, Bangladesh on Saturday.

 

Pacer Renuka Singh led the way with a three-wicket haul as India limited Sri Lanka to a paltry 65/9 in their 20 overs. In reply, Mandhana smashed an unbeaten 51 from 25 balls as a dominant India raced to victory in just 8.3 overs.

IMAGE: India opener Smriti Mandhana hits out. Photograph: BCCI Women/Twitter

Electing to bat, Sri Lanka were dealt an early as captain Chamari Athapaththu was run out by Renuka for six in the third over.

Sri Lanka were rocked a triple blow in the fourth over, with Renuka dismissing Harshitha Madavi (1) and Hasini Perera (0) while Anushka Sanjeewani was run out by Pooja Vastrakar for 2.

IMAGE: Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu is run out by Renuka Singh. Photograph: BCCI Women/Twitter

Renuka then bowled Kavisha Dilhari for one to leave Sri Lanka reeling on 16/5 in six overs at the end of Powerplay.

Spinners Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Sneh Rana chipped away at the wickets in the middle overs as the duo claimed two wickets apiece.

No 10 Inoka Ranaweera hit an unbeaten 18 from 22 balls while putting 22 runs for the last wicket with Achini Kulasuriya to save Sri Lanka the blushes after they were reeling on 43/9 in the 16th over.

IMAGE: Rajeshwari Gayakwad celebrates with team-mates after taking the wicket of Nilakshi de Silva. Photograph: BCCI Women/Twitter

Spinners Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Sneh Rana chipped away at the wickets in the middle overs as the duo claimed two wickets apiece.

No 10 Inoka Ranaweera hit an unbeaten 18 from 22 balls while putting 22 runs for the last wicket with Achini Kulasuriya to save Sri Lanka the blushes after they were reeling on 43/9 in the 16th over.

Oshadi Ranasinghe (13) was the only Sri Lankan batter to score in double digits.

India were off a flier as they raced to 32/1 in the fourth over before Shafali Verma was stumped off Ranaweera for five and Jemimah Rodrigues perished in the next over as she was bowled by off-spinner Dillshari for 2.

However, there was no stopping Mandhana, who kept attacking the Sri Lankan bowlers, hitting boundaries regularly. The opener finished off the match in grand style, with a six over the leg side off Ranasinghe to give India their seventh Asian Cup title.

The win is a timely boost for India ahead of the T20 World Cup next year, who were able to test several players during the tournament.

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