Bangkok: The Indian women’s team edged out rivals Pakistan by 17 runs in the final to clinch the 2016 Women’s Asia Cup T20 title.
This is India’s sixth Asia Cup title in as many editions, however the first four editions were played in the 50 overs format.
The women in blue remained unbeaten in the tournament enroute to the title, having beaten Pakistan earlier in the group stage too.
After winning the toss, the Indian team opted to bat first at the Asian Institute of Technology Ground in Bangkok.
Star opener Mithali Raj set the tone for the match, hitting few boundaries early on. Wickets kept falling on the other end but the right-hander held the innings from one end and kept the scoreboard ticking.
Mithali notched up her ninth T20I half century as India posted 121 in the title match for Pakistan to chase.
In reply, Pakistan women’s team started brightly with Ayehsa Zafar and Javeria Khan taking the attack to India.
Jhulan Goswami broke the crucial stand between the openers by removing Ayesha and proved to the turning point of the match.
Captain Bismah Maroof provided some resistance in the middle order but India kept picking up wickets at regular intervals to keep the scoring rate down.
In the end the target proved to be too much for Pakistan as they could only muster 104/6 runs in the allotted 20 overs.
As many as five Indian bowlers ended up picking wickets, with Ekta Bisht being the pick of the lot with figures of 2/22.
Mithali Raj was adjudged the player of the match as well as the player of the series for ending the tournament with 220 runs in four innings and ending up as the tournament’s top run-getter.