India’s women’s cricket team— missing captain Mithali Raj and star bowler Jhulan Goswami due to injury, still managed to win the low-scoring final of the Asia Cup T20 tournament against Pakistan.
The Indians, who chose to bat first, scored just 81 runs before they were all out in 20 overs. The top scorer was Poonam Raut with 25 runs from 33 balls. Her inning included three boundaries. Pakistan’s Sana Mir was their best bowler with figures of 4/13.
In reply, Pakistan managed just 63 runs and were all out in 19.1 overs. India were fantastic in the field and all their bowlers contributed with wickets. However, Archana Das, with figures of 2/12 was their best bowler.
After the win, captain Mithali Raj said: ”I’m 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.”
She also had a word for the juniors, saying: “The juniors came in and did well, it was good to expose them to international cricket and the junior teams, Thailand and Hong Kong, really bowled and fielded well and they can only improve the more they play the top teams.”
Both Mithali and Jhulan are expected to return to full fitness in around three weeks’ time.