Pakistan, India set for final clash
The Pakistan team beat Bangladesh by six wickets in the second semi-final of the Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup Tuesday to set final clash with arch-rivals India to be played today (Wednesday).
Pakistan winning the toss invited Bangladesh to bat, who made 82 for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. Farzana Huque scoring 28 runs remained prominent. From Pakistan side, Nida Rashid and Bisma Maroof took 2 wickets each.
Thus, Bangladesh had set a target of 83 runs for Pakistan to win, which was achieved for loss of 4 wickets in 18 overs. Bisma Marrof made 27 and Nida Rashid 25 to shine in the T20 match.
Despite rain washing out the semi-final clash between India and Sri Lanka here today, Indian eves advanced to the ACC Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup final by the virtue of topping their pool.
Today’s match was abandoned without a ball bowled at the Guanggong International Cricket Stadium. The Indian women’s team will now take on arch-rivals Pakistan in the final Wednesday.
However, captain Mithali Raj and veteran fast bowler Jhulan Goswami will not be a part of the playing XI in the final as both of them have been ruled out of the tournament due to ankle injuries.
The Indian eves had earlier defeated Hong Kong, Thailand and Pakistan to finish on top of the standings with six points.
Pakistan women’s Twenty-20 team cruised into the semi-final of the Asian Cricket Council Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup underway in China.
Pakistan will battle against Bangladesh in the semi-final. Earlier, riding on Archana Das and Reema Malhotra’s brilliant bowling, the Indian Women’s cricket team registered a comfortable eight-wicket win over Pakistan in the Twenty20 Asia Cup on Sunday.
After bowling out the arch-rivals for 93 in 19.3 overs, Indian reached the target in 18.3 over with captain Mithali Raj’s unbeaten knock of 36 runs, losing just two wickets in the process here at the Guanggong International Cricket Stadium.From 73 for three in 15 overs, Pakistan lost seven wickets for just another 20 runs in 27 balls with Indian bowlers wrecking havoc. Archana (2/12) and Reema (2/13) ended with two wickets each, while Ekta Bisht and Nagarajan Niranjana took a wicket apiece. Opting to bat, Pakistan did not have an ideal start as they lost opener Bismah Maroof (11) early followed by the one-down batter, Sana Mir (17). Marina Iqbal and Nain Abidi, however, managed to resurrect the innings, putting up a 37-run stand for the third wicket. But just when things started to look good for Pakistan, Ekta struck to see off Nain for a 26-ball 21.
Marina’s run out for a well-made 22 off 31 balls in the very next over triggered Pakistan’s collapse. Reema and Archana never let the Pakistani batters settle down thereafter, taking wickets at regular intervals to send them packing with three balls still left to be bowled.Chasing a modest target, Sulakshana Naik (23) and Anuja Patil (13) gave India a fine start before Mithali along with Harmanpreet Kaur finished off things in style. Mithali’s knock came off 38 balls, studded with three hits to the fence.