Guangzhou: The Indian women’s cricket team lifted the inaugural Asian Cricket Council’s Twenty20 Asia Cup after beating arch-rivals Pakistan by 18 runs in a low-scoring final Wednesday.
India’s decision to bat first seemed to have backfired when the team folded for 81, but the bowlers did a splendid job to dismiss Pakistan for 63 in 19.1 overs. What was particularly impressive about the Indian bowlers was their discipline. They gave away just a couple of wides from 19.1 overs.
“So happy for the girls even though I’m disappointed not to have played because of my ankle. Winning this Asia Cup is a great achievement and what’s been special is how our team has become like a family over the years, everyone contributes and plays for each other,” said an elated skipper Mithali Raj, who could not be a part of the team Wednesday.