Asia Cup

Mithali Raj’s knock helped India to an Asia Cup victory.

The 2016 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup was the sixth edition of the ACC Women’s Asia Cup, organised by the Asian Cricket Council. The tournament was held between November 26 to December 4, 2016, in Thailand, and was the second edition played as a 20-over tournament.

India’s run of supremacy in the women’s Asia Cup continued as they sealed their sixth title in as many editions with a 17-run win over Pakistan on December 4, 2016. This was the second consecutive victory for India over¬†Pakistan in an Asia Cup final. The last time was in Guangzhou in 2012.

After winning the toss, the Indian team opted to bat first at the Asian Institute of Technology Ground in Bangkok. Mithali Raj has become the talk of the town as she was the one who set up the win, scoring an unbeaten 73 runs in a total of 121 runs for 5 wickets. Raj had struck seven fours and a six in her 65-ball knock. Raj was instrumental in the team’s resounding success, amassing 220 runs in four innings to end as the tournament’s highest run scorer in the competition by some distance.

After Raj’s performance, Indian spinners fastened the screws and dampened the Pakistan batting efforts, to notch up a win that was a lot more serene than the group match between these two teams. A combined bowling effort from Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht and Preeti Bose helped India find the way to a win.

It was also a sweet revenge of sorts for India, who had lost to Pakistan during the World T20 at home in March.  The champion team could not have repeated the feat if it was not for the superlative efforts from Raj and Bisht.

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. India has won all of its matches played in Asia Cup 2016 beating Bangladesh 2 times, Pakistan 2 times, Sri Lanka and UAE.

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