Monday, 18 June, 2018

Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup: India defeat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets

India were dealt their first loss in the Women's Asia Cup India were dealt their first loss in the Women's Asia Cup
Cary Erickson | 10 June, 2018, 17:01

This was also the first loss of the women-in-blue in the tournament since 2012.

Outclassed in their last game by Bangladesh, India on Thursday bounced back with an improved all-round show to notch up a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka and keep alive their hopes for a final berth in the Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup. They had seen off Pakistan by seven wickets on Monday, having lost their opener to Sri Lanka.

A massive 93-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Fargana Hoque and Rumana Ahmed helped Bangladesh chase down a competitive target of 142 to comprehensively beat India by seven wickets at the Kinrara Academy Oval.

Bangladesh defeated Harmanpreet Kaur-led India to break their 34-match winning streak in Women's Asia Cup history.

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These words from Bangladesh women vice-captain Rumana Ahmed best encapsulates the team's sentiments. Crucial partnership Fargana Hoque (52 no off 46 balls) and Rumana Ahmed (42 no off 34 balls) added 93 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket to guide the Bangladeshi women to one of their bigger victories in global cricket.

It was a shaky start for India with the early dismissal of Smriti Mandhana, trapped leg before by Salma Khatun, the Bangladesh captain. Along with Deepti Sharma (32 off 28 balls), the skipper added 50 runs for the fourth wicket, but it didn't come at a fair clip. Despite the loss, opener Mithali Raj (23) kept on playing sensibly with new batswoman and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (24). At 16.3 overs, India took their 6th wicket - Rebeka Vandort dismissed caught by Taniya off Jhulan Goswami for 3.

From India, Ekta Bisht bagged two wickets. Nahida hit three fours and one six in her 34-ball innings and was soon dismissed by Nilakashi de Silva. In fact, other batswomen of the Sri Lanka team didn't go past double figure mark. She also accounted for Anushka Sanjeewani, who scored a run-a-ball 11, leaving Sri Lanka at 67 for 3. Hasini and Oshadhi Ranasinghe batted their way to the last bowl, ending Sri Lanka's innings with 107 for 7.

Asked to bat first, Malaysia stumbled to 36 for 8 in 20 overs with Wongpaka Liengprasert picking up two wickets and none of the Malaysia batters managing double-digit scores. On Saturday, India play their last game while Bangaldesh will face Malaysia. Fargana, coming at three down, top-scored with 52 off 46 ball, hitting five fours and a six.