Dominant India crush Pakistan to enter final


KUALA LUMPUR, June 9: 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 here on Saturday.
Opting to bat, Pakistan innings struggled to get going as India restricted them to mere 72/7 at the Kinrara Academy Oval.
Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht was the most successful India bowler, returning impressive figures of 3/14 in her four-over spell. The others chipped in with a scalp apiece, although pace spearhead Jhulan Goswami went wicket-less surprisingly.
Bisht was named Player of the Match.
Chasing a meagre target, India completed the task with as many as 23 balls to spare.
Opener Smriti Mandhana top-scored with 38 off 40 balls while skipper Harmanpreet Kaur made 34 in 49 deliveries.
India were given two early blows as veteran Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma failed to open their account. India were 5/2 in 2.2 overs when Mandhana and Harmanpreet joined forces to repair the damage.
The duo added 65 runs for the third wicket, a recovery act that powered the team to within striking distance of another victory. Even as Mandhana got out with three runs for win, Harmanpreet was there to guide the side home.
Earlier, Pakistan’s decision to bat did not yield the desired result as they lost wicket at regular intervals, and were stopped at 72. Sana Mir top-scored for the side with 20, but she consumed as many as 38 balls. (PTI)