Six-time champions lose after a fascinating clash
Bangladesh beat India by three wickets in the final of the ACC Women’s Asia Cup T20 in a thrilling encounter at Kuala Lumpur.
Bangladesh women’s captain Salma Khatun won the toss and decided to bowl first. The bowlers repaid the trust of their skipper as India slumped to 32/4 inside nine overs.
At this stage, Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy provided much needed stability to the innings through a partnership of 30 runs.
Although Krishnamurthy after scoring 11 runs, Kaur kept on going as she made her way to a well compiled half-century. She scored 56 runs off 42 balls with the help of seven fours. India finished on 112/9 in their allotted 20 overs.
For Bangladesh Khadija Tul Kubra and Rumana Ahmed picked up couple of wickets each.
In reply Bangladesh confidently went about chasing the target but found themselves in a slightly tight spot needing nine runs off the final over, after India conceded just four runs in the penultimate over.
Jahanara Alam showed nerves of steel to score two runs off the final ball of the match, which handed Bangladesh its first ever title against six-time champions India.
Nigar Sultana was the highest scorer with27 runs while Ruman Ahmed added 23 runs.
Poonam Yadav’s exceptional bowling spell of four wickets for nine runs went in vain. Captain Kaur also picked up two wickets.