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Women's Asia Cup, India vs Bangladesh, Final, Highlights: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 10, 2018, 3:21 PM IST

Final, Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur 10 June, 2018

Toss won by Bangladesh Women (decided to bowl)

Bangladesh Women beat India Women by 3 wickets

Man of the Match: Rumana Ahmed



As for India, before this edition, they had never lost a match at the Asia Cup since its inception in 2004, but now, in one edition, they have lost twice. Credit to Bangladesh who were the better team on the day. 


Following the winning runs, the entire ground was engulfed by the supporters of Bangladesh and the players were in tears. This title means a lot for the players and fans alike. Before this tournament, Bangladesh had never beaten India across formats but now, they have beaten them twice in a space of a week. 


Match Ends: Jahanara takes a double on the last ball and Bangladesh win the historic title in Kuala Lumpur. Bangladesh have ended India's stronghold on the Asia Cup and they have become only the second team to lift the title. India won the first six editions and Bangladesh are now worthy winners of the seventh. 


OUT: After taking a single, Rumana was strolling out of the crease and Harmanpreet dislodges the bails to affect the run-out. Bangladesh now need 2 runs off 1 delivery. 


Sanjida tries to hit the ball over long on boundary ropes but Veda takes a good catch at the edge. Harmanpreet gets his second while, Bangladesh now need 3 off 2. 


Rumana now takes a single on the third ball and Sanjida is back on strike. Bangladesh need 3 off 3. 


Four:  Tossed up slow delivery and Rumana crashes the ball though extra cover to get a boundary. Bangladesh now need 4 off 4 to win historic title. 


Sanjida  takes a single on the first ball and Bangladesh now need 8 off 5 deliveries. 


Deepti Sharma concedes just four runs from the penultimate over of the innings and that means that Bangladesh need 9 runs from the last over to win the match. Skipper Harmanpreet will bowl the last over.


OUT: Harmanpreet has done the trick for India as he has managed to pick the wicket of Fahima. The right hander was way out of his crease and keeper Taniya took the bails off in a flash. 


Four: Lucky for Bangladesh and very unlucky for India as Fahima goes for the sweep shot and the ball goes over the keeper's head for a boundary. Bowler Harmanpreet couldn't believe her luck as the ball went for a boundary. 


The match is heading for a tight finish as Bangladesh now need 23 off final 18 deliveries. India need 6 wickets but if they manage to stop Bangladesh batters to ger over the line that will also do. 


OUT: Poonam Yadav picks her fourth of the day as he gets rid of the dangerous looking Nigar. A juicy full toss and Nigar hit the ball into the hands of the mid-wicket fielder. The third umpire was called to check in for a no ball but the batter was way out of her crease and that is why the bowler got the benefit of doubt. 


Four: Jhulan has now conceded three boundaries in as many deliveries and she conceded 16 runs from the over — with Nigar slamming three fours and Bangladesh are now firmly in control of the match. Bangladesh now need 31 off 30 deliveries.


Four and Four: That will release some of the pressure on the batters as Nigar swats the ball over the covers off the bowling of Jhulan Goswami. Then on the next ball, she cuts the ball past the point fielder for a boundary and this the big over that Bangladesh needed. 


6 runs came from the 14th over of the innings which was bowled by Anuja Patil. Indian bowlers have done well to put pressure on the batters by not giving them easy deliveries to hit. The required rate is going up with every dot ball and Indian bowlers will feel more confident now. 


Jhulan Goswami's first over yields just four runs and after 13 overs, Bangladesh's score reads 60/3. Poonam's three wickets have piled on the pressure on Bangladesh batters and they now need 53 off 42.


OUT: Poonam Yadav has now picked her thrid wicket of the day as she now gets rid of Fargana for 11. The ball took a thick edge and keeper Taniya took a good catch. Bangladesh have now lost their third wicket. 


In her third over, Ekta Bisht gives away four runs and in total she has now given just 8 off 18 deliveries. But she hasn't picked up a wicket yet and that is a cause of concern for India as she has been the inform bowler and she is running our of overs now.


Four: Nigar swept the ball past towards the leg side of the keeper and the ball went for a boundary. Bangladesh have now score 50/2 in 10 overs and are firm control of the match. They need 63 off 60 balls. 


Poonam Yadav bowls another good over as she gives away just two runs from it. India need more wickets here as the Bangladesh batters are simply taking singles and doubles and that is how they can win the win the match as the target is very small. 


Four: Fargana releases the pressure that was building on the Bangladesh batters as she comes down the track and hits the ball over mid-off for a boundary. With that, Bangladesh move into the 40s.


OUT: Poonam has now turned the match on its head as she gets rid of Shamima on the next delivery after getting rid of Ayasha. Bangladesh have now lost two wickets in two deliveries. Both openers are back in the hut now as India are right back in the match. 


OUT: India have finally managed to break the opening stand as Poonam gets rid of Ayasha. The right hander went for the sweep shot but top edged the delivery and Jhulan took an easy catch at short fine.


Four and Four: The Bangladesh batters are hitting boundaries for fun at the moment as this time, Ayasha slams back to back boundary off the bowling of Anuja. Bangladesh score now reads 33/0 in 6 overs, need 80 in 84


Four: Good delivery from Deepti but the ball takes a thick edge and goes for a boundary behind the keeper. The Bangladesh openers are doing a good job of frustrating the Indian bowlers and they are building a good partnership here. BAN: 24/0 in 5 overs.


Ekta concedes just three runs from the over and Bangladesh's score reads 15/0 in 3 overs. India need wickets and they need it fast as they look to dent the Bangladesh chase who are in firm control of the match at the moment. Anuja Patil to bowl the fourth over now.


Women's Asia Cup, India vs Bangladesh, Final, Highlights: As It Happened

File image of Indian women's cricket team. (Getty Images)

Preview: The Indian team will look to make it seven out of seven titles when they lock horns against Bangladesh in the final of the Women's Asia Cup T20 in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. India have been the most successful team in the history of the competition, winning all six titles since the tournament's inception in 2004. While for Bangladesh, this will be their maiden appearance in the final. The first four editions of the tournament were One-Day Internationals and were played in Sri Lanka (2004), Pakistan (2005), India (2006) and Sri Lanka (2008) respectively. While the last two editions were T20Is and were played in China (2012) and 2016 (Thailand) respectively — with Indian emerging out as winners in all of them. The Indian eves will now look to reach the 'seventh heaven' by beating the surprise package of the tournament Bangladesh, who have consistently punched above their weight to enter the final by finishing second in the group, ahead of the likes of Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, Harmanpreet and Co cannot commit the mistake of taking Bangladesh lightly as Salma and her bunch of giant-slayers have shown in the tournament that on their day, they are more than capable of beating anyone. In the ninth match of the tournament, Bangladesh scripted history as they thrashed India by 7 wickets and registered their first ever win over their Indian counterparts, across any format of the game. Following this historic win, Bangladesh star Rumana Ahmed told ESPNcricinfo: "The dream has always been to come close to beating a team like India. That we've beaten them is a reality. When we arrived at the team hotel, the Pakistan players congratulated us in the lobby. We beat them the other day, and today they were congratulating us for beating India." This victory in the group stage went a long way in helping Bangladesh enter the final, however, form and previous records both state that India are outright favourites to lift the cup once again over their less-illustrious rivals. India sealed a spot in the title clash by comprehensively beating arch-rivals Pakistan by seven wickets in the virtual semi-finals on Saturday. Apart from the minor blip the players suffered against Bangladesh — which was their first ever loss in Asia Cup history — the Indian stars have played good consistent cricket right throughout the course of the tournament. Harmanpreet Kaur is the highest run-scorer of the tournament, having scored 100 runs in 3 innings. While Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj have also chipped in with runs when the team has needed them. (Mithali slammed 97* in the first match of the tournament against Malaysia — matches against whom the ICC recognises as Minor League matches and not T20Is). Moving onto the bowling department, Ekta Bist's spin is ruling the roost in Kuala Lumpur as her three-wicket performance helped her win the player of the match against Pakistan in the virtual semi-final, her third on the trot in the tournament. Ekta is currently sitting pretty at the third spot in the list of most number of wickets taken in the tournament. Meanwhile, Poonam Yadav has also bowled well for the ‘Women in Blue’ as she has managed to pick up one wicket each in the three matches that she has played thus far. Both India and Bangladesh finished with 8 points in five matches to seal their respective places in the final of the competition. However, the gulf in class in very apparent and that is something that the players recognise too. "It hurts when you have to wait for your chances because you're the ninth-ranked team. Teams like India, Pakistan - they're in the top eight and play (ICC Women's Championship) matches all around the year. It's like you're made to feel you're not good enough, but I hope this goes some way towards changing that perception," Rumana said. Although, Bangladesh will be no push-overs in this David versus Goliath clash, the onus will be on them to show the world that the historical victory that they scripted against the mighty Indians few day ago was no fluke.

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