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09 Jun 2018

Asia Cup T20: Indian eves thrash Pakistan to enter final

Harmanpreet, Mandhana shine against Pakistan

Indian women's team overcame arch-rivals Pakistan in their Asia Cup T20 match in Kuala Lumpur to advance to the final.

The Indian eves won the match comfortably by seven wickets after having restricted their Pakistan counterparts for a paltry score of 72.

In reply, India finished at 75/3 with 23 balls to spare.

Here is the match-report.

In context

Harmanpreet, Mandhana shine against Pakistan
Harmanpreet and Mandhana guide India home

Dual power

Harmanpreet and Mandhana guide India home

Indian women's team skipper Harmanpreet Kaur shared a 65-run stand with Smriti Mandhana, to get past the line.

Harmanpreet scored a 49-ball 34. Her innings was laced with three fours.

Mandhana, on the other hand, scored a 40-ball 38 and hit four boundaries.

The duo overcame the bad start as India were struggling at 5/2.

Mithali and Deepti were both dismissed for a duck.

Star show

Ekta stars with three scalps to blow Pak away

Earlier in the match, Indian bowlers derailed Pakistan's batting line-up by picking up regular wickets.

Ekta Bisht was the star amongst the bowlers after picking three wickets for just 14 runs in her four overs.

Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil and Poonam Yadav all chipped in with one wicket each.

In the end, Pakistan could manage 72/7 in 20 overs.

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Pak fail to stand up against India

Besides Nahida Khan (18) and Sana Mir (20*), no other player got to double figures. Pakistan managed just 4 boundaries in their entire innings. The next best score was by Nida Dar (8), which highlights how lethal the Indian bowlers were against Pakistan.

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