Indians retain Asia Cup in great style
A healthy total powered by three superb half centuries from the bats
of Asha Rawat, Mithali Raj and Rumeli Dhar and a brilliant bowling
attack led by Pujare Seema and Neetu David ensured that the Indians
retain the Women's Asia Cup Cricket title when they trounced the Sri
Lankans by 177 runs in the final yesterday at the Welagedera Stadium in
Sri Lanka's poor batting performances disappointed the healthy amount
of spectators who were gathered at the Welagedera Stadium.
Indians had their reasonably big total for their defence which Sri
Lankans could not even come near.
At the start of their innings after they chose to bat, winning the
toss, faced an early blow as they lost one of their key batswoman Jaya
Sharma who had scored a total of 190 runs in the tournament was sent
back for duck. She faced only four deliveries before leaving the field
in the second over, caught by wicketkeeper Dilani Maodara off the
bowling of Shiromala Weerakkody.
Their opener Karu Jain and Asha Rawat was then involved in a
courageous 71 run partnership that lifted Indian total to 75 before the
fall of the second wicket. Jain was caught by Chamani Senevirathne
inside the 30 yard ring in off a delivery from Sewini de Alwis at 23.
Asha Rawat continued with her outstanding innings and accelerated her
strike rate soon after she reached her half century. Her innings
included a six which she hit over the mid wicket and added 12
boundaries. Mithali Raj, the Indian skipper too was in good touch to
build up another good partnership to swell the Indian total.
Sri Lankan women failed to convert some close chances into catches
while the Indians grabbed the best out of that. The opportunity Asha
Rawat had in reaching a well deserved century halted when she was caught
at the deep mid wicket by Chamani Seneviratne off the bowling of the
Indian captain Mithali Raj scored the second half ton of the match in
the 44th over. She passed another milestone of her cricketing career
when she reached 3000 ODI runs during her innings.
Rumeli Dhar also powered her bat for another half century which came
off just 31 deliveries but in the 48th over she departed with a score of
50. After Dhar's dismissal, Lankans sent Amitha Sharma and Priyanka Roy
back to the pavilion not wasting much time to finish the 50 overs with
260 for 7 on board.
Shashikala Sririwardena was the most successful bowler for the home
team with figures of 4/53.
Sri Lankans faced a terrible blow at the start as opener Dedunu
Silva, the player they had most of the hopes kept on, was out for six
when the scores reading 9.But then, Lankan Skipper Shashikala
Siriwardena and Chamari Polgampola lifted the morale which had gone down
for several overs. They batted together till Shashikala departed for 20
runs and the scoreboard showed 2/50.
From there on, Sri Lankans could not play defensively as wickets
began to fall at short intervals. After Shashikala's dismissal, no other
player succeeded in getting to a two digit score.
Four zeros could be seen at the end of the batting line up. Pujare
Seema and Neetu David shared three wickets each to send back the Lankan
Minister of Sports and Public Recreation Gamini Lokuge was the Chief
Guest at the presentation ceremony and Rumeli Dhar was named the woman
of the tournament award while Asha Rawat was named the woman of the
Karu Jain c Seneviratna b de Alwis 28
Jaya Sharma c Surangika b Weerakkody 0
Asha Rawat c Seneviratna b Siriwardene 97
Mithali Raj c Kaushalya b Janakanthymala 66
Rumeli Dhar c Weerakkody b Siriwardene 50
Amitha Sharma lbw b Siriwardene 5
Julan Goswami not out 5
Priyanka Roy c Seneviratna b Siriwardene 1
Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 5) 8
Total (7 wickets; 50 overs) 260
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-75, 3-166, 4-248, 5-249, 6-258, 7-260.
Bowling: Shiromala Weerakkody 1/30, A. D. Janakanthymala 1/28,
Sewini de Alwis 1/48, Shashikala Siriwardene 4/53.
SRI LANKA INNINGS
Dedunu Silva c Dhar b A Sharma 6
Chamari Polgampola b David 23
Siriwardene c Goswami b Dhar 20
Sewini de Alwis c Goswami b Seema 6
Eshani Kaushalya b Dhar 0
Dilani Maodara c Dhar b Seema 0
Chamani Seneviratna lbw b David 9
Deepika Rasangika c David b Seema 0
I. Galagedara lbw b David 0
Shiromala Weerakkody not out 8
A.D. Janakanthymala c Jain b Goswami 1
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 8) 10
Total (all out; 35.2 overs) 83
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-50, 3-61, 4-61, 5-62,
6-62, 7-66, 8-67, 9-80, 10-83.
Bowling: J. Goswami 1/28, A. Sharma 1/20,
R. Dhar 2/11, P. Seema 3/10, N. David 3/11.