WOMEN’S T20 ASIA CUP
Cricbuzz Staff •
Mithali Raj cracked an impressive 69-ball 97 to ensure India’s crushing 142-run win over Malaysia © Getty
Nothing but annihilation can describe India’s thumping 142-run win at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday (June 3). India Women decimated Malaysia in the opening game of the Women’s Asia Cup T20, 2018 to get their campaign off to the brightest of starts after bowling the opposition out for just 27 in 13.4 overs, chasing 170. It not only was the largest margin of victory in the women’s game in T20Is (in terms of runs), but also the lowest total ever scored, beating Bangladesh’s 44 to it.
In a steep chase, India’s bowlers ran amok over the Malaysia line-up as no batter managed to enter double digits. Sasha Azmi’s 9 was the highest for Malaysia, with as many as six batters copping ducks. Pooja Vastrakar scalped three, while Anuja Patil and Poonam Yadav had two apiece.
India opted to bat and on the back of Mithali Raj’s class, were led to 169 for 3 in their 20 overs. Raj carried her bat through the innings, but was left three short of a century; her 97-run knock comprised of 13 fours and a six. With skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (32), Raj’s stand of 86 runs in just 53 balls, gave India the impetus they needed in the middle overs to put them in a position of strength.
In the end, it was an easy win for India as they climbed to the top of the table. They face Thailand Women next, while Malaysia are up against a Sri Lankan challenge on Monday.
Brief scores: India Women 169/3 in 20 overs (Mithali Raj 97, Harmanpreet Kaur 32) beat Malaysia Women 27 in 13.4 overs (Pooja Vastrakar 3-6) by 142 runs.
Udeshika Prabodhani, Sugandika Kumari, Oshadi Ranasinghe and Inoka Ranaweera shared nine spoils between them as Sri Lanka Women thumped Bangladesh Women by six wickets in Kuala Lumpur, on Sunday (June 3). Sri Lanka overhauled the paltry target of 64 in the 15th over.
Bangladesh, who were inserted into bat, lost wickets at regular intervals and never seemed to be in the game. Only three batters crossed the double-digit mark, with Ayasha Rahman turning out to be the top-scorer (11). The only partnership of some significance was stitched between Rahman and Rumana Ahmed (10). For Sri Lanka, Kumari, the left-arm spinner, picked up three scalps, while Prabodhani, Ranasinghe and Ranaweera took two scalps each.
In pursuit of a modest target, Yasoda Mendis (20), the veteran opener, and Nipuni Hansika (23) strung together a stand of 39 to put Sri Lanka on course for an easy win. Khadija Tul Kabra, the off-spinner, engineered a mini collapse with a three-for, while Bangladesh picked up the scalp of Anushka Sanjeewani via a run-out. However, by then, the result of the match was more or less a foregone conclusion. Rebeca Vandort (8*), who plays for Sri Lanka Amy Sports Club Women in the domestic circuit, and Nilakshi de Silva (2*) steered them home.
Brief scores: Bangladesh Women 63 in 19.3 overs (Ayasha Rahman 11; Sugandika Kumari 3-17) lost to Sri Lanka Women 64/4 in 14.3 overs (Nipuni Hansika 23; Khadija Tul Kubra 3/17) by six wickets.