For the final match of the Women’s Asia Cup T20 2022, the captains of the teams, India women’s team and the Sri Lanka women team, came up for the toss. Sri Lanka took the lead in the toss and opted to bat first on the grounds of Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet.
On a dry pitch condition, the spinners were expected to enjoy a great time initially and may threaten the batters.
To open the batting attack, Athapaththu and Sanjeewani came to the crease. With Deepti Sharma on the opening bowling attack.
Starting it slow and steady, the Indian women could only score 7 runs in the first two overs, with Athapaththu smashing the first boundary of the innings. Scoring just 6 off 12, Athapaththu lost her wicket to Deepti Sharma.
With Renuka Singh on the bowling attack, SL w lost another wicket in the 4th over; SL at 10-4 after 4 overs. Fueling no contribution to the team, Kavisha Dilhari got out on a throw from Renuka Singh. Losing more wickets, Sri Lanka women had a tough time finding the gap to hit the ball long off for boundaries or runs. SL women stood at 18-6 after seven overs. At 11.4 overs, Ranasinghe lost her wicket to Gayakwad. At the 18th over, with Ranaweera and Achini on the crease, SL women somehow managed to cross half-century at 50-9.
Sri Lanka women survived the gameplay of 20 overs, scoring just 65 runs and losing all wickets.
For the run chase of 66 runs, Verma and Mandhana came to the crease to witness the delivery of Ranasinghe. In the second over, Mandhana hit a boundary on lovely timing, bringing a score of 11-0 after 2 overs. In the consequent over, Mandhana framed the first six of the match and a four in just the next throw from Ranasinghe. Adding five runs to the bucket, Verma lost her wicket to Ranweera. India lost another wicket of Rodrigues at 4.2 overs to Kavisha Dilhari.
With Kaur on the pitch and the Mandhana getting on the groove, she smartly took the ball outside the keepers’ reach, getting two continuous fours in 7th over. The duo quickly crossed the half-century with a score of 52-2 after 7 overs. Mandhana got no chill and kept slapping fours and six for the side.
India women chased the run mark and got a smooth win by 8 wickets against Sri Lanka women. It’s India Women’s 7th Asia Cup title. So far, they only missed the title in 2018
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