India fought back remarkably after conceding early advantage to Sri Lanka to win the inaugural Women's Emerging Asia Cup final at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday. After being reduced to 63 for six, the lower order turned things around for the tournament favourites as they went onto reach a decent 175 for nine in 50 overs. Then skipper Devika Vaidya captured four wickets with her leg-spin while Tanuja Kanwar also claimed four wickets with her left arm seam to give India a thrilling win. Sri Lanka had been set a revised target of 149 in 35 overs but they managed only 135 all out in 34.3 overs.

Champions: INDIA
Runners-up: SRI LANKA

It looked a walk in the park for the formidable Indian side when they reduced Sri Lanka to 43 for five. But skipper Harshitha Samarawickrama stitched some valuable partnerships with the lower order to stretch the game.

The 48 run sixth wicket stand between Samarawickrama and Lihini Apsara was threatening and it was Vaidya who produced the breakthrough as she had done time and again. There was smart piece of glove-work from Nuzhat Parween, who had Apsara stumped.

Vaidya also accounted for Samarawickrama trapping her leg before wicket and with that the Sri Lankan hopes faded away.

The Sri Lankan captain was in good touch having posted back to back half-centuries in the group stage and she top scored with 39 runs in the final. She has been the find of the tournament for Sri Lanka. Vaidya was the stand out performer for India with some gusty knocks at number four and her crafty leg-spin humbled several batters.

The Sri Lankans lacked the self belief of their Indian counterparts who fought themselves out of similar predicament after a disastrous start.

The last three Indian wickets produced 85 runs and that proved to be decisive in the outcome of the game.

Tanusree Sarkar at number seven top scored with 47 runs while Simran Bahadur made 34. The pair added 50 runs for the eighth wicket, the turning point of the final. Manali Dakshini at number ten chipped in with 18.

India proved to be too strong having remained unbeaten in the competition. Sri Lanka qualified for the finals having edged out Bangladesh thanks to their healthier Net Run Rate. Pakistan was the other contestant in the four nation competition.

Heavy rains threatened to derail the tournament but the organizers did well to reschedule the competition and the grand final was a fitting end.

Tue 29-Oct

Final: India v Sri Lanka at RPICS
India won the toss and chose to bat
India: 175 for 9 off 50 overs (T.Sarkar 47, S.Bahadur 34; K.Welikonthage 3-27)
Sri Lanka: 135 all out off 34.3 overs (H.Samarawickrama 39; D.Vaidya 4-29, T.Kanwar 4-15)


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Filed October 29th, 2019