It is the last day of the all-play-all tournament before the 1st and 2nd place teams meet tomorrow for the final game.  India played against Pakistan today, with three wins each team so far. Pakistan won the toss and began their innings. With both teams just one win away from the finals; the match was nothing short of intense.

India took their first wicket at 0.5 overs, dismissing Syeda Naik Fatima for 0 with a bowl from Shikha Pandey. Bismah Maroof batted next and swung a four off her first bowl.  In the second over, opener Bibi Nahida swung a four bringing the score up to 9 for 1.

At 2.1 overs Anuja Patil took the second wicket for India, dismissing Bismah Maroof for 4. Bibi Nahida countered with another four at 2.3 overs. The fourth over saw another wicket, this time Javeria Wadood was dismissed caught for 4. just an over from her entry. At the end of the 5th over, Pakistan stood with 22 for 3.

In the next few overs, Pakistan was a little slow with making their runs. They were grounded at just 35 runs before Bibi Nahida was dismissed stumped by Taniya Bhatia for 18 at 9.2 overs. The 13th over saw another dismissal – Nida Rashid walked out for 8, caught and bowled by Poonam. India was doing an excellent job at restricting their opponents - 7 overs to go and 5 batsmen remaining, Pakistan had made just 41 runs.

At 14.5 overs, Natalia Parvaiz walked out for 3, leaving Pakistan at 48 for 6 with 5 overs remaining. Sana Mir and Sidra Nawaz brought up the team 60 in the 19th over, before Sidra was dismissed for 5 by Ekta Bisht at 18.5.

Player of the Match: Ekta Bisht (India)

The innings concluded with a four and a single run from Diana Baig, leaving India to chase just 73 to win.

India’s chase began with Mithali Raj’s over that ended with her dismissal for 0 by Anam Amin’s bowl. In the second over, Smriti Mandhana delivered a four and in the third over, Deepti Sharma was dismissed caught for 0 off Anam Amin.

Harmanpreet Kaur walked in to bat. She and Smriti sped up the chase. After a few boundary-fours and single runs, the duo ended the first ten overs with 33 for 2. The team 50 came in the 14th over. The partnership shot the score up to 65 from 53 in the 15th over, with a boost from Smriti’s boundary-four.

Only 8 runs away from securing a spot in the finals, it didn’t take much for India to make their winning run. Smriti swung a four at 15.4 overs, before she was dismissed by Nashra Sundhu for 38 at 15.5 – leaving India with just 3 more runs to make. Harmanpreet’s one-run and boundary-four delivery at 16.1 brought India their fourth win, placing them at the ACC Women’s Asia Cup finals tomorrow!

ACC WOMEN'S ASIA CUP T20 2018: Sat 9 June

India vs Pakistan at Kinrara
Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat
Pakistan: 72 for 7 off 20 overs (E.Bisht 3-14)
India: 75 for 3 off 16.1 overs (S.Mandhana 38, H.Kaur 34*)
Player of the Match: Ekta Bisht (India)

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Photos by Vincent Phoon
Filed June 9th, 2018