Tejas Rathi ∙ Oct 15 2022, 1:10 PM

Harmanpreet Kaur proud of team's efforts to clinch 7th Women's Asia Cup title

image-l99unbulIndia lifted the Women's Asia Cup 2022 title (Source: Twitter)

Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur felt proud of the team's efforts to secure a title victory in the Women's Asia Cup 2022 against Sri Lanka on Saturday (October 15) at Sylhet. 

Sri Lanka, riding on confidence by defending against Pakistan in the semi-finals, chose to bat first. However, the move backfired as they lost quick wickets up front, with a combination of India's brilliance and run-outs. 

The hefty contributions from spinners Inoka Ranaweera (18*) and Oshadi Ranasinghe (13) helped them post 65 and gave them something to defend. 

Although India lost the wickets of Shafali Verma (5) and Jemimah Rodrigues (2), the senior batters Smriti Mandhana and Kaur exhibited maturity to take India home, with more than 11 overs to spare. 

Mandhana top-scored for the team with a mesmerizing knock of 51* off 25, with six fours and three sixes. 

In the presentation, Kaur thinks they were quick to understand the surface and placed the fielders accordingly, which ultimately helped them to restrict Sri Lanka to a low score. 

Moreover, the 33-year-old thinks the bowlers did an exceptional job to contain the flow of runs.  Renuka Singh brought her A-game to secure three wickets, while Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Sneh Rana scalped two each. 

"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. 

"We were not looking at the scoreboard we were just looking at the short targets we had for ourselves and it all worked out well."

India's top performer in the batting department was Rodrigues with 217 runs, while Deepti Sharma scalped 13 wickets. 

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