Mithali Raj strikes unbeaten 73 to bring home Asia Cup 2016

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Mithali Raj strikes unbeaten 73 to bring home Asia Cup 2016
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India Women proved their dominance in Asia Cup for the sixth time. The second consecutive win came up when the Women Team knocked down Pakistan in the final match in Bangkok. It was a 17-run win for India defending their score of 121. Pakistan turned as the arch rival of the team in the tournament losing for the second consecutive time at finals. The winning score for India was from Mithali Raj, who smashed an unbeaten 73. In the second inning, India's bowler emerged as tough bets for Pakistan, who could not break away through the attacks. Pakistan was restricted to 104 for 6 in the inning.

Winning the toss, India batswomen set out to utilize the pitch condition. There was an intense strike from Mithali Raj who went out as the opener. She took forward the inning with a constant momentum right from the beginning. While the other players down the line, except Jhulan Giswami, were restricted to single digit runs, Raj struck 7 fours and a six in the stretch. With Sabbhineni Meghana, she put up 44 runs, of which, Meghana contributed only 9. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy could not contribute much. The ending knock of Jhulan Goswami with Raj was a substantial bet for India. Goswami added a flashy score of 17 playing 10 balls. Raj's 73 came up in only 65 balls. India was at 121 for 5 by the end of the inning.

Asmavia Iqbal was an expensive bowler for Pakistan. She gave out 23 runs in 3 overs while taking no wickets. Other bowlers like Nida Dar and Iram Javed, all had more than 7 economy rate. In contrast, Sadia Yusuf was quite economic giving out only 15 in four overs, also removing a wicket. Anam Amir had two wickets, which include that of Smriti Mandhana. Sana Mir had Jhulan Goswami in the pre-ultimate ball of the inning. India bowlers had an upper hand in the chase. Only Shikha Pandey gave out 17 runs in two overs, taking down a wicket, while the rest maintained a fair economy rate. Ekta Bisht had two wickets, striking early along with Jhulan Goswami. Anuja Patil and Preti Bose had a wicket each.

Pakistan steered the inning with good runs in the beginning but the chase weakened as wickets began to fall. Opener Ayesha Zafar was down in the fifth over, being struck by Jhulan Goswami, while Skikha Pandey removed Asmavia Iqbal in the next over. Javeria Khan came up with a healthy partnership with captain Bismah Maroof. The duo added 28 runs with a good momentum, until Ekta Bisht struck down the former. After her wicket, the run rate fell drastically and the chase could never recover. Maroof, Nain Abidi and Iram Javed fell in consecutive overs slogging the inning to 81 for 6 by the sixteenth over. Nida Dar and Sana Mir remained on the pitch until overs exhausted. They could take the chase to 104 for 6 while India grabbed the Asia Cup Trophy.


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