India made it five wins out of five in the league stage of the Women’s Asia Cup and they decisively confirmed that they would finish top of the table by beating Nepal by 99 runs at the AIT ground in Bangkok.

India still have to wait to find out who they will face in Sunday’s final at the same venue as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh still have a chance of finishing above Pakistan should Thailand provide the upset of the tournament by defeating the formidable Pakistanis on Saturday.

Shikhar Pandey top scored for India

India showed their strength in depth as they rested the great Mithali Raj, their impressive opening bowler Jhulam Goswami and dropped top-order batters Mandhana and Krishnamurthy to the bottom of the order. The revamped batting line-up was still able to score 120 for 5 in their 20 overs, Shikha Pandey scoring 39 not out from 32 balls after Nepal had done well to take five wickets for 69.

India’s array of spinners returned some remarkable figures as Nepal were dismissed for 21. Ekta Bisht bowled two overs without conceding a run and took one wicket and Anuja Patil bowled three overs and three balls without conceding a run and took two wickets. Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav was much more expensive but she claimed 3 wickets for 9.

Nepal lost all five of their matches to finish bottom of the table but India have maintained their unbeaten record in all six editions of the Women’s Asia Cup. All cricket lovers in Bangkok and around Thailand should come to the Asian Institute of Technology on Sunday to watch India Women attempt to win the Asia Cup for the sixth time. It is an opportunity not to be missed.

ACC Women's Asia Cup 2016: Day 7

India v Nepal at AIT
Nepal won the toss and elected to field
India: 120 for 5 off 20 overs (V.Vanitha 21, S.Pandey 39*; R.Chhetry 2-21)
Nepal: 21 all out off 16.3 overs (M.Sabbineni 2-3, P.Yadav 3-9, A.Patil 2-0)
Player of the Match: Shikhar Pandey (India)

Pictures by Abhilasha Agrawal

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Filed December 2nd, 2016