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Guangzhou (China): The Indian women's cricket team lifted the inaugural Asian Cricket Council's Twenty20 Asia Cup after beating arch-rivals Pakistan by 18 runs in a low-scoring final here today.
India's decision to bat first seemed to have backfired when the team folded for 81 but the bowlers did a splendid job to dismiss Pakistan to 63 in 19.1 overs. What was particularly impressive about the Indian bowlers was their discipline, giving away just a couple of wides from 19.1 overs, which they took to bowl out their opponents.
"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," said an elated skipper Mithali Raj, who could not be a part of the team today.
Electing to bat first, Indian women did not have an good beginning as they lost both their openers within the first couple of overs. Anuja Patil was the first one to be shown the way to the pavillion by Sadia Yousuf. Sulakshana Naik soon followed suit to leave India tottering at two for four.