India fail to secure their 7th consecutive Women’s Asia Cup as they got crushed by Bangladesh in the finals of the tournament. Bangladesh women beat Indian women by 3 wickets in Kinrara academy, Oval. The 3-wicket win came after a hard-fought campaign that saw the side, led by Salma Khatun, defeat India twice in the tournament.
Bangladesh’s Rumana Ahmed, who impressed with her all-round performance, was declared the Player of the Match after taking 2 wickets and just giving 22 runs in 4 overs. Bangladesh after winning the toss elected to field first and restricted India to mere 112 runs in 20 overs.
The final went to the last ball as Bangladesh’s Jahanara Alam kept her calm and made the most of India’s poor fielding effort to run a double on the final ball and become the first side other than India to win the continental title.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Bangladesh skipper Salma Khatun credited the first win over India to give them the confidence before the final. “We are very happy that we have won the Asia Cup. I can’t explain in words how big the words. We had confidence after the first Indian match, and we had to come through today because it was the final and we are happy we came through,” she said.
She further went on to add that India had everything to lose in the final, which helped their side in handling the pressure. “They had a lot to lose and we didn’t. We had a lot to gain, and we have managed to do that. We feel good that we had a lot of supporters here, and thanks to all the supporters here who have supported us,” she said.
She further added that her side will hope to continue the form in the coming tournaments. “We started poorly in the tournament and we are happy to have made a comeback and won all matches. So for the upcoming matches, we will try to continue our good form,” the off-spinner said.
Addressing the defeat, India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur said that the batsmen did not handle the pressure well in the final. “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,” she said.
She further credited Bangladesh players for an all-round performance. “Credit goes to Bangladesh for their performance in all departments. They were excellent. 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 til the end so the credit goes to the bowlers,” Kaur said.