India vs Bangladesh Women's Asia Cup T20

Bangladesh celebrating after winning the Women's Asia Cup

Bangladesh celebrating after winning the Women's Asia Cup

Indian women faced abject humiliation after Bangladesh beat the six-time champions by three wickets to win their maiden Asia Cup trophy today. And explosive batswoman Veda Krishnamurthy (11 runs off 10 balls) once again failed in taking responsibility with the bat as Harmanpreet Kaur fought a lone battle.

The batters made a poor start of things with Mithali Raj (11), Smriti Mandhana (7), Deepti Sharma (4) and Anuja Patil (3) making little impact early on with India reduced to 32/4 in the 9th over. They lost four wickets for 32 in 8.2 overs. Chasing 113, Bangladesh reached the target off the final delivery to record a historic title win over the defending champions India.

Could the tight finish have gone in India's favour had Jhulan Goswami's beleaguered vigil near short fine leg and long leg been averted?

Harmanpreet Kaur scored 56 runs off 42 balls and struck 7 boundaries in her innings.

Bangladeshi spinners were clinical.

Brief scores: India 112/9 in 20 overs (Harmnpreet Kaur 56; Khadija Tul Kubra 2/23, Rumana Ahmed 2/22) lost to Bangladesh 113/7 in 20 overs (Nigar Sultana 27, Rumana Ahmed 23; Poonam Yadav 4/9, Harmanpreet 2/19).

Bangladesh's chase got off to a steady start, but soon ran into trouble as openers Shamima Sultana and Ayasha Rahman were dismissed in successive deliveries. The pressure mounted as Poonam bagged two wickets.

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Nigar Sultana top scored for Bangladesh with 27, coming off 24 balls with four boundaries. Rumana Ahmed was good with the bat as well in her 23 off 22 balls. After an excellent 19th over from Poonam, Bangladesh needed nine from the last.

CoA member Diana Edulji has been pretty active about starting a women's IPL and the first step was taken with an exhibition match. The second ball went for boundary as Rumana played an inside-out shot.

While their potent spin attack is capable of causing trouble to oppositions, India need to be wary of in-form opener Shamima Sultana and their unsafe vice-captain, Rumana. It took a fifth-wicket partnership of 30 runs between Harmanpreet and Veda Krishnamurthy (11) to fix some of the damage.

Needing 2 off 1, Jahanara Alam pulled to deep mid-wicket and ran two with captain Salma Khatun at the other end.

However, Sanjida Islam and Rumana Ahmed then fell off fourth and fifth deliveries respectively, giving Bangladesh a target of two runs of the final delivery.

On Saturday, India sailed into the final of the women's Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament with a seven-wicket drubbing of arch-rivals Pakistan in their last round robin match.

Can India avenge their group-stage defeat to Bangladesh?

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