Bangladesh create history in Asia Cup final


Bangladesh create history in Asia Cup Final | Photo Credit - Asian Cricket Council Twitter - @ACCMedia1
Bangladesh create history in Asia Cup Final | Photo Credit - Asian Cricket Council Twitter - @ACCMedia1

Bangladesh create history in Asia Cup final

The 2018 Asia Cup Final was held at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur on 10th June. India and Bangladesh had clinched the top two spots on the Asia Cup points table with 8 points each, proceeding to the final.

Earlier in this tournament, Bangladesh had already defeated India once in the group stage and they came back just as strong in the final.

Toss

Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bowl first.

India Innings

A shaky start and an initial collapse of the batting order put India in a tough spot. As Mithali Raj departed for 11 runs, Smriti Mandhana for 7 and Deepti Sharma for 4 runs, at one point the projected score fell below hundred for India. It was finally Harmanpreet Kaur who struck up a partnership with Jhulan Goswami and anchored India’s innings. Her half-century helped take India to a score of 112.

Bangladesh Innings

The opening pair of Shamima Sultana and Ayasha Rahman got off to a stable start and India struck no luck in the initial overs. It was the magic spell of 4-0-9-4 by Poonam Yadav that took the match to a last-ball finish. India struck two wickets in a nail-biting final over, which required two runs off the last ball. Jahanara Alam directed the last ball towards deep mid-wicket and the two batsmen completed two runs, paving the way for celebrations as they clinched their maiden Asia Cup title.

Bangladesh won the match by 3 wickets.

Rumana Ahmed was declared the Player of the Match.

The Player of the Series title went to Harmanpreet Kaur.

Historic Win

For Bangladesh Women, this was indeed a historic win. Defeating the six times winners and defending champions to clinch their maiden Asia Cup title, they won a Final in an international tournament for the first time.

 

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