Harmanpreet Kaur-led India defeated Sri Lanka to win the Women’s Asia Cup for a record-extending seventh time. Playing at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Sri Lanka managed to put up a score of 66 for Indian batters. Women in Blue with their efficient and star-studded batting line-up chased down the target well within 9 overs, with 8 wickets to spare.
Moreover, after losing the toss India was asked to bowl first. Showing great discipline with the ball and with the support of fielders, they restricted the opponent to just 65/9. With only two batters who scored in double figures, Sri Lanka never looked to be able to comeback.
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Highlights of Women’s Asia Cup Final
Batting at number 10 36-year-old Inoka Ranaweera scored the highest for her team. Her 18 runs off 22 helped Sri Lanka to go beyond 60 runs. Moreover, great poise was showcased by Oshadi Ranasinghe as kept scored 13 runs in a very difficult time. However, other than these two women none of the Sri Lankan batters could score in double figures. Hence, a very under-par target was set up in a continental tournament.
For India, Renuka Thakur again was the star, as she picked three wickets in 3 overs with an economy of just 1.67. Moreover, the spinner duo of Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Sneh Rana picked two each.
While Indian bowling was impeccable, their supported well by other players in fielding. As two early blows were given to Sri Lanka with the run-outs of Captain Chamari Athapathu and Anushka Sanjeewani. Hence, both the openers were sent back quite cheaply.
For India, the task was finished by the captain and vice-captain themselves. While Smriti Mandhana scored a magnificent 51 without losing her wicket, Harmanpreet stood by her side post two early blows in the face of Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues.
With 69 balls to spare India became the Asian Champions for the seventh time. Their seven victories include four in ODIs and three in the shortest format.
What’s next for Indian Women’s Cricket team?
Indian women now move ahead and look to prepare for the upcoming home T20 series against Australia. Hence, we wish our female cricketers all the very best and kudos for inspiring many others.
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