Last Update on: June 10th, 2018 at 05:09 pm
Bangladesh Women’s cricket team scripted history as they thrashed India led by Harmanpreet Kaur, by three wickets in the final of the Asia Cup – to lift their maiden title.
However, it was the very first time any team other than India lifted the Women’s Asia Cup trophy.
The Indian Eves had won all the previous six editions of the tournament.
Moreover, the match went down the wire and in the end, it was Bangladesh who prevailed in the last delivery of the match when Jahanara Alam scampered for a couple.
Earlier in the day, India posted a below par 112 in their allotted 20 overs. It was some brilliant bowling by the Bangladesh bowlers which never allowed India to press on the accelerator.
Furthermore, it was Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who was the top scorer for India with a sensational 56 of just 42 deliveries.
For Bangladesh Rumana Ahmed and Khadija was the pick of the bowlers bagging a couple of wickets each.
The Bangladesh openers got them off to a good start courtesy Shamima Sultana and Ayasha Rahman.
Nigar Sultana and Rumana Ahmed also chipped in with crucial knocks of 27 and 23 respectively. It was some good sensible batting by Bangladesh.
Batter Sultana struck three back-to-back boundaries of Jhulan Goswami in the 15th over which got Bangladesh within touching distance of the victory target.
India made a sort of a comeback in the later stages of the innings as they restricted Bangladesh batswoman quite well.
Poonam Yadav was quite brilliant as she bagged four wickets for just nine runs in her four-over spell.
Meanwhile, Deepti Sharma bowled a sensational penultimate over which ensured India had something to play within the final over.
However, Harmanpreet Kaur was not able to defend those runs. In the final delivery of the match Jahanara Alam, who scampered through for the second run to give Bangladesh a sensational victory.
In addition, it will be a huge moment for Bangladesh women’s cricket.
Now, let us have a look at what Harmanpreet Kaur had to say in the post-match presentation:
“It was a pressure game, and we had to control our nerves. We had to bat the situation and play to our skills. The batsmen didn’t handle nerves too well. There was nothing much in the wicket. Credit goes to Bangladesh for their performance in all departments. They were excellent,” Harmanpreet said during the post-match ceremony.
“There was hold on the wicket, and there were very few areas for the medium pacers. But the spinners did a good job for us. It was not a decent total, but we fought till the end so the credit goes to the bowlers,” Harmanpreet concluded.