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Asia Cup 2018: Bangladesh beat India to hold Women’s Asia Cup Title

Asia Cup 2018: Bangladesh beat India to hold Women’s Asia Cup Title
Written by Abhishek Lohia

Bangladesh women’s cricket team beat Indian team by three wickets and clinched their first Asia Cup title. Since it was a close encounter as Bangladesh were needed 2 runs in the last ball. Bangladeshi Batsmen Jahanara Alam became the nightmare for the Indian cricket team, played a shot on the last match of the ball, took 2 runs and clinched the Asia Cup title. A poor start from India resulted in a flurry of wickets first up, but a partnership between the powerful Harmanpreet and Jhulan Goswami gave them some score to defend. The Indian bowlers started off unsuccessfully, and only got their first breakthrough at the score of 35. But Poonam Yadav presented a fine show of crafty and miserly leg-break to decimate the top-order. She was one of the main reasons this game got to the last over.

At first Bangladesh, Women won the toss and opt to bowl first. The decision became right as they Team lost the inform batsmen Mithali Raj at the team total of 12 runs in 3.1 runs. After adding 14 runs team India felt trouble once again as they lost Deepti Sharma and Mithali Raj in over number 6 and 7 respectively.  In the next couple of overs, India had lost three more wickets. After the departure of 7th Wickets, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur showed a fantastic performance and built a partnership with leading Bowler Jhulan Goswami and posted a team total of 112 runs in 20 overs.

By chasing the target of 113, Bangladesh Opening pair started well. However, Indian bowler, Poonam Yadav tried so much to turn the game. She conceded 9 runs in her four spell and sent the Bangladeshi Team on backfoot. In the last over, Bangladesh was needed 9 out of 6 deliveries. Harmanpreet Kur tried to change the change as she got wickets in the fourth and fifth delivery of the over. But, Jahanara Alam broke India’s dream to win the 2018 Asia Cup.

Salma Khatun, Bangladesh captain said after the post-match ceremony, “We are very happy that we have won the Asia Cup. I can’t explain in words how big the words. We had confidence after the first India match, and we had to come through today because it was the final game and we are happy we came through. We started badly in this tournament and I am happy to have made a comeback and won all games. So for the upcoming matches, we will try to continue our winning streak.”

India Playing XI
Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Anuja Patil, Jhulan Goswami, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Ekta Bisht, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav
Bangladesh Playing XI
Shamima Sultana (wk), Ayasha Rahman, Fargana Hoque, Sanjida Islam, Fahima Khatun, Jahanara Alam, Nigar Sultana, Rumana Ahmed, Salma Khatun (c), Khadija Tul Kubra, Nahida Akter

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Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.

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