Sri Lanka lost by 52 runs over India in T20 Asia Cup final


Bangkok: Indian team defeated Sri Lanka by 52 runs in Women’s Asia Cup T20 Tournament on Friday. Mithali Raj made a half-century while Ekta Bisht (3/8) and Preeti Bose (3/14) took six wickets in the match.

Raj's rich vein of frame proceeded as she pummeled the ninth fifty of her Twenty20 International vocation to drive India to a testing 121 for 4, after Harmanpreet Kaur chose to bat in their first evening amusement. Sri Lanka's innings was disabled by some tight playing from Indian spinners. Bisht emerged, setting off a center request crumple and completing with figures of eight for 3, as the islanders were confined to 69 for 9 from their amount, along these lines missing out on the finals compartment. 

India's batting, as has been the situation in the competition hitherto, revived around Raj's batting masterclass, with the 33-year-old hitting her second-best individual score of 62, bound with about six limits. In the supporting parts were cameos from Smriti Mandhana (21 off 28) and later, Veda Krishnamurthy (21 off 23) that helped India to their best aggregate of the competition. 

India's left-right opening pair joined for a 46-run opening stand that was softened just up the tenth over when Mandhana maneuvered Chamari Athapaththu straight under the control of Sugandika Kumari at profound midwicket. Be that as it may, Raj did not let the Sri Lankan settle in and pummeled a limit on either side of the wicket in her next over. Truth be told, the previous Sri Lankan captain gave away the greatest 27 keeps running in her four-over spell. 

Krishnamurthy, who strolled in at one-down, joined the gathering not long after and dispatched Oshadi Ranasinghe over the long-on ropes for the main six of India's innings. Raj was dropped in her 40s off Sripali Weerakkody, yet there was no thinking back as she squeezed the quickening agent in the demise overs to top off India's commanding presentation. 

A momentous seventeenth over observed Raj raising her ninth T20I fifty – and her first in the competition – additionally a dubious rejection of Krishnamurthy. Raj raised the point of reference off the third conveyance off Srpali before India's No. 3 bat was pronounced gotten behind attempting to cut. Obviously troubled with the choice, Krishnamurthy solidified for a minute prior to taking the long stroll back to the structure, shaking her head in disillusionment. 

In any case, with Raj well set, India rapidly raised the 100 in the following over off Athapaththu. India went ahead to include 24 in the last 18 conveyances to set up a 122-run challenge for Sri Lanka. Generally a damaging hitter, Harmanpreet was glad to take singles and pass the strike on to her previous skipper who was following pretty much everything. 

In the look for speedy keeps running in the last over, Harmanpreet confounded a hurled shot that was in the long run dropped in the profound however cost them Raj's wicket as a run out, on the penultimate bundle of the innings. The captain excessively tumbled off the succeeding conveyance that kept India to 121. 

Sri Lanka's surrendered rather compliantly in the do-or-kick the bucket challenge. Once the wicket parade began, restrained rocking the bowling alley guaranteed they were choked for runs. The mounting asking rate added to the weight and it turned out to be progressively harder for the Hasini Perera-drove side to organize a rebound. 

The main achievement accompanied the last wad of the fourth over when the in-shape Athapaththu endeavored to clear Anuja Patil yet was rather hit on the cushions blast before the stumps. Kindred opener Perera, who had hit the competition's initial fifty the day preceding, died three balls later. The Sri Lankan commander neglected to clean Mandhana at mid-up, giving Jhulan Goswami her exclusive wicket of the day. 

Reeling at 25 for 2 toward the end of powerplay, Sri Lanka were managed a twofold blow when Bisht sent Prasadani Weerakkody (14) and Ranasinghe pressing off consecutive conveyances in her first over. Sripali fell with hardly a pause in between as well as Sri Lanka slipped to 37 for 5 at the midway check, still 85 short of the triumphant stamp. 

All-rounder Dilani Manodara (20) offered some resistance by sewing a helpful stand worth 23 for the 6th wicket with Hansima Karunaratne. Yet, Preeti Bose's (3 for 14) late strikes put India solidly in the driver's seat. Poonam Yadav, incorporated into the side to the detriment of Shikha Pandey, excessively opened her record with the wicket of Eshani Lokusuriyage as India praised their advance into the last with a major win. 

Brief scores: India 121/4 in 20 overs (Mithali Raj 62, Veda Krishnamurthy