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Women's T20 Asia Cup: Pakistan register record 147-run win against Malaysia

Pakistan captain scored a quick 37-ball 62 Pakistan captain scored a quick 37-ball 62
Cary Erickson | 10 June, 2018, 09:24

Bangladesh outclassed hosts Malaysia by 70 runs in their final league tie to set their date with six-time champions India in the summit clash of the women's Asia Cup at the Kinrara Academy Oval here on Sunday.

Earlier, left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht spun a web around the Pakistanis with three wickets, and was well assisted by the other Indian bowlers who stuck to a disciplined effort.

On the other hand, Shikha Pandey, Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav chipped in with one-wicket each.

Kaur Women in Blue won their fourth match to seal a spot to play in the mega final.

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A 65-run partnership between Harmanpreet Kaur (34* from 49 balls, 3x4) and Smriti Mandhana (38 from 40 balls, 4x4) guided India to a 7-wicket victory. Only two players - opener Nahida Khan and No 6 Sana Mir - could reach double digits as the Indian women strangulated their opponents.

During their chase, India got off to a forgettable start, losing former skipper Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma for ducks with the scoreboard ticking 5/2. India were 5/2 in 2.2 overs when Mandhana and Harmanpreet joined forces to fix the damage. Riding on Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur's knocks, the side chased down Pakistan's paltry score of 72, with nearly four overs to spare.

Harmanpreet's squad is on a roll in the ongoing T20 trophy, however, to consolidate their position in the final of the Asia Cup 2018, India still need to beat Pakistan.

The entire team was bundled out for 72 runs for a loss of seven wickets. But they bounced back in style, winning against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.