A spirited Indian women’s cricket team on Sunday thrashed Pakistan by 17 runs to lift the Women’s Asia Cup T20 played at Bangkok. Mithali Raj’s unbeaten 73, with a combined bowling effort from Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht and Preeti Bose helped India beat Pakistan. With this, the women have reported successfully defended the title which they won in 2012 in Guangzhou. Earlier, India had beaten Pakistan in the group stages too and made it two-in-two in the final on Sunday. The win stretches India’s unbeaten streak in the Asia Cup to 32 matches and it is their sixth Asia Cup crown. Batting first, India scored 121/5 with veteran Mithali Raj scoring the maximum runs.
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Opening the innings, Mithali scored 73 runs and remained unbeaten till the end. None of the other batswomen clicked barring Jhulan Goswami who scored 17. In reply, Pakistan opened to a good start with the openers Ayesha Zafar (15) and Javeria Khan (22). However, its middle order and lower order failed produce the required runs to get them over the finishing line. Skipper Bismah Maroof also chipped in with 25 but couldn’t get the job done. Chasing 122, Pakistan could manage to score only 104/6 in their allotted 20 overs.
For India, Ekta Bisht scalped two wickets.