Team India defeated Sri Lanka in the Women’s Asia Cup 2022 final to bag their seventh title at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
The Women in blue dominated right from the word go after the Islanders opted to bat first in the summit clash. The Indian bowling unit never allowed Sri Lanka batters to settle down, eventually restricting them to just 65/9 in 20 overs.
Renuka Singh was the pick of the bowler for India, bagging a brilliant three-wicket haul while giving away just 5 runs from three overs, including a maiden. Renuka was well supported by Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2/16) and Sneh Rana (2/13), both of whom took two scalps each. Tailender Inoka Ranaweera scored the maximum unbeaten 18 to help her side cross the 60-run benchmark.
Chasing the paltry target, India lost Shafali Verma (5) and Jemimah Rodrigues (2) early, but Smriti Mandhana blazed her way to a remarkable half-century, helping her side win the Women’s Asia Cup 2022. Mandhana smashed an unbeaten 51 from just 25 deliveries, with the help of 6 fours and three sixes.
“We should give credit to the bowlers, and the fielding unit was very good today from ball one. We didn’t want to give them easy runs as every ball is important, proud of the way we performed today. You gotta read the wicket and place the field accordingly. We did that very well and placed the fielders accordingly, and that really helped us. We were not looking at the scoreboard, and we were just looking at the short targets we had for ourselves, and it all worked out well,” said India captain Harmanpreet Kaur in the post-match presentation.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
#AsiaCup2022 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗠𝗣𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 🏆
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) October 15, 2022
Congratulations 🇮🇳 What an impressive display! Well done girls 🏆 pic.twitter.com/NI2UzzDWUr
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) October 15, 2022
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 15, 2022
INDIA WINS THE ASIA CUP!
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) October 15, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) October 15, 2022
In seventh heaven 🥳
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) October 15, 2022
India Men’s won Asia Cup 7 times.
India Women’s won Asia Cup 7 times.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 15, 2022
For the 7th time. The Champions of Asia. 🇮🇳
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 15, 2022
— ICC (@ICC) October 15, 2022
Only twice, India won a women’s T20I match inside first 10 overs.
vs Thailand in 2022 Asia Cup
vs Sri Lanka in 2022 Asia Cup final#INDvSL
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) October 15, 2022
Congratulations to India Women on yet another Asia Cup Trophy! 💪🏆
— Jake Lush McCrum (@JakeLushMcCrum) October 15, 2022