By: Cricketnext Staff
Last Updated: October 15, 2022, 16:03 IST
Sylhet, Bangladesh
India vs Sri Lanka, Women’s Asia Cup 2022 Highlights: India became the new Asian champions as they thrashed Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the final on Saturday in Sylhet. Chasing an easy 66-run target, Smriti Mandhana top-scored with an unbeaten 51 off 25 balls. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur also returned unbeaten on 11.
Earlier, India restricted Sri Lanka to 65 for 9 in 20 overs in the big finale on Saturday in Sylhet. Read More
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India have won the Women’s Asia Cup 2022 after defeating Sri Lanka in the final by 8 wickets. The Women in Blue have defeated the Lankan for the fifth time in an Asia Cup final. The ghosts of 2018 have been buried in style and we get new Asian Champions.
India entered the game as the favourites but hardly anyone had thought that it would be this one-sided. Sri Lanka, who were in the finals after 14 years, never looked in the game. The batting line-up started to fall apart since the dismissal of their skipper. None of the Lankan batters could deal with the pressure as only 2 out of 11 batters scored in double digits. They saved themselves from getting bundled out but could only post 65 runs.
For India, it turned out to be an easy chase. Smriti Mandhana led the innings with a half-century, scoring an unbeaten 51 off 25 balls. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur also contributed with 11 not out as India won the game by 8 wickets and 69 balls to spare. Shafali Verma’s poor run continued as she could only score 5 runs while Jemimah Rodrigues, the top-scorer of the tournament, also fell cheaply; for 2.
But Mandhana carried her bat and sealed the game with a six that also brought the 18th fifty of her T20I career.
Ranaweera to Mandhana – FOUR. Once again the Indian vice-captain goes down the track and lifts it nonchalantly over mid-off for a one-bounce four.
INDW: 59/2 after 8 overs.
Kaveesha to Smriti – 4, 4. That brings the fifty for India in the small chase of 66. India need just 16 runs to clinch their 8th Aisa Cup title.
INDW: 50/2 after 6.2 overs
The pitch is playing tricks now. Jemimah looks to hit Kavisha Dilhari over long off but the ball keeps low and slides under the bat and hits the stumps. The top-scorer of the tournament falls for 2
INDW: 35/2 after 4.3 overs
Inoka Ranaweera strikes and India lose Shafali Verma. The Indian opener looks to emulate her partner, goes down the line, but perishes. She was aiming to loft it, but the ball arrived a tad slower. Sanjeewani does the rest behind the wickets.
INDW: 32/1 after 3.4 overs
Inoka Ranaweera comes into the attack and Mandhana welcomes her in style. Shimmies down the line and whacks it over long on for a maximum.
INDW: 31/0 after 3.1 overs
Smriti Mandhana looks to end this final pretty early because she’s dealing in boundaries. The Indian vice-captain smashes a maximum and then follows it up with a boundary.
INDW: 25/0 after 3 overs.
Out walk India openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma to begin the chase of 66. Oshadi Ranasinghe begins Sri Lanka’s attack.
Sri Lanka’s limping innings got a little respite as Inoka Ranaweera smashed three boundaries in the final over. 11 overs came off the final six deliveries, bowled by Shafali Verma, as the Lankans set a 66-run target for India after losing 9 wickets.
Third boundary for Sri Lanka in the crucial final and it comes in the final over. Shafali bowls it short and slow, Inoka Ranaweera slaps it to short extra cover for a boundary.
SLW: 60/9 after 19.4 overs.
Fifty up for Sri Lanka but it cost them a lot. 8 batters scored in single digits out of which 2 bagged ducks. Oshadi Ranasinghe is the only one who scored in double digits so far.
SL: 50/9 after 18 overs.
Sneh Rana castles Sugandhika and Sri Lanka are all scattered. Sneh bowls from around the wicket and drifts the ball so well that it goes straight onto the stumps.
SLW: 43/9 after 16 overs
Rajeshwari Gayakwad cleans up Oshadhi Ranasinghe, adding to Sri Lanka’s woes. Oshadhi goes down the line but the ball dips on her, turns right through the gap between the bat and pads and disturbs the woodwork.
SL: 32/8 after 11.5 overs
The Sri Lankans are already in trouble and the Indian spinners are not letting them score easy runs. Just two runs in two overs, since the last wicket fell.
SLW: 27/7 after 11 overs.
Sneh Rana gets a wicket and Sri Lanka are in deep deep trouble. It’s just the 9th over and they have lost 7 wickets. Malsha Shehani plays a very insensible shot and gets caught and bowled. She walks down the line but gets beaten by the dip and turn.
SLW: 25/7 after 8.3 overs
Knocked over! Rajeshwari Gayakwad gets the better of Nilakshi de Silva. The batter looks to cut the shorter delivery but chops it onto the stumps.
SLW: 18/6 after 7 overs
Renuka Singh cleans up Kaveesha Dilhari and half of the Lankan batting line-up is back in the hunt. Fuller delivery angled in, the batter looks to play across but misses it completely. The ball goes crashing into the stumps off her pads.
SLW: 16/5 after 5.2 overs.
The fourth over, by Renuka Singh, turns out to be crucial for India as they get a team hat-trick.
Over 3.3: Renuka Singh gets Harshitha Madavi caught behind
Over 3.4: Anushka Sanjeewani gets run out, throw by Pooja Vastrakar
Over 3.5: Renuka removes Hasini Perera for a golden duck, caught by Mandhana
SLW: 9/4 after 3.5 overs. 
That’s an act of harakiri from the Sri Lankan captain. There was never a single but Chamari runs after tapping Deepti Sharma’s delivery wide off point. Renuka gets to the ball quickly and her throw does the rest.
SLW: 8/1 after 2.4 overs
It could’ve been a maiden over from Renuka Singh but Chamari Athapaththu didn’t let it happen. Final delivery, good length across off, and the Lankan captain opens the face of her bat and guide the ball through backward point for a boundary.
SLW: 7/0 after 2 overs.
Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat against India in the final of the Women’s Asia Cup 2022 in Sylhet. While the Lankans go with the same playing XI, that feature in the semis against Pakistan, India made a change; Radha Yadav misses out and Hemalatha comes in.
The race to women’s Asian cricketing supremacy will begin shortly in Sylhet when Harmanpreet Kaur’s Team India takes the field against Chamari Athapaththu’s Sri Lanka in the final showdown. The Women in Blue enter the Women’s Asia Cup 2022 final as firm favourites as they have won 6 out of seven matches so far in the tournament. They lost their only game to arch-rivals Pakistan but Sri Lanka knocked them in the semis to make their way to the grand finale.
The tournament brought to the fore India’s depth as the younger crop of players has shouldered the burden of taking the team to the final without any tangible contribution from skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana.
For India, Jemimah’s newfound consistency and Deepti’s dependability with both bat and the ball has been the hallmark. Shafali, who had a poor run prior to the tournament, also found her bearings with the bat and is also bowling some mean leg breaks.
Thus, Sri Lanka might find it extremely difficult to upset the Indian applecart although in the last edition in Malaysia, four years back, Bangladesh did shock the favourites in the final.
Ahead of the much-awaited Women’s Asia Cup final match between India Women and Sri Lanka Women; here is all you need to know:
When will the Women’s Asia Cup final match between India Women and Sri Lanka Women be played?
The Women’s Asia Cup final match between India Women and Sri Lanka Women will take place on October 15, Saturday.
Where will the Women’s Asia Cup final match India Women vs Sri Lanka Women be played?
The Women’s Asia Cup final match between India Women and Sri Lanka Women will be played at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
What time will the Women’s Asia Cup final match India Women vs Sri Lanka Women begin?
The Women’s Asia Cup final match between India Women and Sri Lanka Women will begin at 1 pm IST.
Which TV channels will broadcast India Women vs Sri Lanka Women Asia Cup final match?
India Women vs Sri Lanka Women final match will be televised on Star Sports Network in India.
How do I watch the live streaming of the India Women vs Sri Lanka Women final match?
India Women vs Sri Lanka Women final match will be streamed live on Disney+ Hotstar.
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