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Women's Asia Cup: Bangladesh Beat India By 3 Wickets To Clinch Title

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Cary Erickson | 10 June, 2018, 18:22

Despite Harmanpreet Kaur waging a lone battle - 56 off 47 balls with seven fours - India women found no one to help their captain in her endeavour. The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side had beaten Bangladesh earlier in the tournament and got the better of arch rivals Pakistan on Saturday to storm into the final. Anuja Patil's obstructing the field put the tournament favourites in trouble. Further she claimed India had more to lose out of the final which helped her side in clinching the title. They lost four wickets for 32 in 8.2 overs. India scored 112/9 in 20 overs, a score which was unlikely when the batting order stumbled.

Bangladeshi spinners were clinical.

Nigar Sultana top scored with 27 off 24 Balls while openers Ayasha Rahman and Shamima Sultana contributed 17 and 16 runs respectively. Harmanpreet Kaur bowled a fine last over, attempting to take India to victory like he handled alone with the bat but it was not to be.

Bangladesh needed nine runs to win in the final over and despite losing two wickets of Sanjida Islam and Rumana Ahmed they kept their heads cool to score two runs in the final ball to win the first major trophy in history.

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Bangladesh, though, were still well in the contest and there were important contributions from nearly all of their middle-order batters - Fargana Hoque, Rumana Ahmed and Nigar Sultana. The second ball went for boundary as Rumana played an inside-out shot.

While their potent spin attack is capable of causing trouble to oppositions, India need to be wary of in-form opener Shamima Sultana and their unsafe vice-captain, Rumana. Rumana was run out at the non-striker's end after taking a single on thehe fifth delivery.

Salma effected a run out of opener Smriti Mandhana (7) in the first delivery of the fourth over before right-arm medium pacer Jahanara Alam rattled the stumps of Deepti Sharma (4) in the seventh over.

When Bangladesh women's team beat India in the league stages of the Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur, their first over the sub-continent neighbours across formats, it came as a jolt for the team which had been going all guns blazing through the tournament. It came at a crucial time as India were clawing their way back through tidy bowling from their spinners.