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Mithali Raj powers India Women to Asia Cup final victory

Mithali Raj powers India Women to Asia Cup final victory
Mithali Raj scored an unbeaten 73 for India
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India Women 121-5 (Raj 73no) beat
Pakistan Women 104-6 (Maroof 25) by 17 runs
Final, ACC Women's Asia Cup, Bangkok

After Mithali Raj led from the front with an unbeaten 73, the Indian Women bowlers came up with a clinical performance to restrict Pakistan Women to 104 for six in the final of the Asian Cricket Council Women's Asia Cup game in Bangkok.

India won the toss and elected to bat first. Raj (73 not out) held one end up but India lost Smriti Mandhana (6), Sabbhimeni Meghana (9), Veda Krishnamurthy (2) and Harmanpreet Kaur (5) at the other end.

Anuja Patil (17) provided some support to Raj, who remained unbeaten on 73 at a strike-rate of 112. Sadia Yousuf (1-15) was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers.

Even though Ayesha Zafar (15) and Javeria Khan (22) provided a solid stand but they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Bismah Maroof (25) tried to resist the Indian bowling attack but they eventually fell short by 18 runs.

The victory allowed India to clinch the Women's Asia Cup tournament in Bangkok with skipper Raj winning the player of the match and the player of the series awards.

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