India create history as Harmanpreet's side clinch seventh Asia Cup title
Sneh Rana (Source: Twitter)
In what was a one-sided affair, India women thrashed Sri Lanka women in the eighth final of the Women's Asia Cup to clinch their seventh title.
Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to have a go with the bat first. However, Chamari's decision quickly turned into a nightmare as the Indian bowlers ripped through their neighbour's batting order picking wickets one after the other.
Renuka Singh had a magnificent spell with the ball as she ripped through the top order picking up three wickets within the power play. By the end of the sixth over half the Sri Lankan batting order was already back in the dugout.
Gayakwad and Rana chipped in with the ball picking up the remaining wickets as the Sri Lankan innings was wrapped at a mediocre score of 65/9 in the designated twenty overs.
Inoka and Achini tried to help their team avoid an all-out as they held their ground as the last partnership to deny India the last wicket.
Smriti Mandhana's fifty helps India cruise to the title
Smriti Mandhana took the bowlers to the cleaners in the power play (Source: Twitter)
India had a fiery start to their innings as Smriti Mandhana started off hot scoring quick boundaries. Shafali Verma seemed to struggle against the Sri Lankan spinner and departed back to the dugout scoring just 5 runs off 8 deliveries.
Jemimah Rodrigues soon followed as she was cleaned up by Dilhari leaving India at 45/2 in 4.3 overs. Skipper Harmanpreet helped Mandhana who kept firing at one end as India easily chase down the total in 8.3 overs to win the contest by 8 wickets and lift the title.
Sri Lanka Women: 65/9 (20)
Inoka Ranaweera 18*(22), Oshadi Ranasinghe 13(20)
Renuka Singh Thakur 3/5, Sneh Rana 2/13
India Women: 66/2 (8.3)
Smriti Mandhana 51*(25), Harmanpreet Kaur 11(14)
Inoka Ranaweera 1/17
India Women win by 8 wickets to lift the Asia Cup 2022