Team India form the winning huddle after beating Pakistan Image: Twitter
A dominant India sailed into the final of the women's Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament with a seven-wicket drubbing of arch-rivals Pakistan in their last round-robin match in Kuala Lumpur.
Electing to bat after winning the toss, Pakistan were restricted to 72 for seven in the allotted 20 overs at the Kinrara Academy Oval.
Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht was the most successful bowler for India, claiming impressive figures of 3/14 in her four-over spell. Pace spearhead Jhulan Goswami surprisingly didn’t take a single wicket. Bisht was named Player of the Match.
Chasing a meagre target, India completed the task with as many as 23 balls to spare.
Opener Smriti Mandhana top-scored with a 40-ball 38 and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur made 34 in 49 deliveries.
Veterans Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma failed to score, but their failures did not come in the way of India's win.
India were off to a disastrous start as they lost Raj and Sharma with just five runs on the board in the third over, but the low target allowed them the liberty of taking things easy.
The duo of Mandhana and Harmanpreet then added 65 runs for the third wicket, a recovery act that powered the team to be within striking distance of another victory.
Earlier, Pakistan's decision to bat did not yield the desired result as they lost wickets at regular intervals, and were stopped at 72. Sana Mir top-scored for them with a 38-ball 20.
This was India's fourth win in five matches, their only loss being the shocking defeat against Bangladesh.
(With inputs from PTI)