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Women's Asia Cup: Harmanpreet Kaur Hails Bowlers Despite Heartbreaking Loss in Final

Cricketnext Staff |June 10, 2018, 5:02 PM IST
Women's Asia Cup: Harmanpreet Kaur Hails Bowlers Despite Heartbreaking Loss in Final

A spirited Bangladesh defeated India in a last-ball thriller to lift the Women’s Asia Cup at the Kinrara Oval, Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. After reducing India to a paltry 112/9 in 20 overs, Bangladesh achieved the required target with three wickets to spare.

It was a collective effort by the Bangladeshi team as almost all the bowlers contributed to team’s success. In the batting department Nigar Sulatana and Rumana Ahmed chipped-in with 27 and 23 runs respectively.

On the other hand, it was a lone show by skipper Harmanpreet Kaur for India, as she smashed 56 runs from 42 balls. In the bowling department, Poonam Yadav tried her best to restrict the opposition and returned with match figures of 4/9, but her effort went in vain.

Despite the loss, Harmanpreet acknowledged the effort put in her bowlers. After the match she said, “There was hold on the wicket, and there were very few areas for the medium pacers. But the spinners did a good job for us. It was not a decent total, but we fought till the end so the credit goes to the bowlers.”

She was also critical of the batters who could not get going and failed to string big partnerships. “It was a pressure game, and we had to control our nerves. We had to bat the situation and play to our skills. The batters didn’t handle nerves too well. There was nothing much in the wicket. Credit goes to Bangladesh for their performance in all departments. They were excellent,” she added.

Salma Khatun, Bangladesh skipper said that the win against India in the league stages, to churn out a performance like this. “We are very happy that we have won the Asia Cup. I can’t explain in words. We had confidence after the first India match, and we had to come through today because it was the final and we are happy we came through.”

“They had a lot to lose and we didn’t. We feel good that we had a lot of supporters here, and thanks to all the supporters here who have supported us. We started poorly in the tournament and we are happy to have made a comeback and won all matches,” she concluded.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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