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India lift women's cricket Asia Cup

India trounced Sri Lanka by eight wickets to lift the women's cricket Asia Cup for the third consecutive year at the Sawai Man Singh stadium, Jaipur.
Sri Lanka elected to bat first but the move backfired as they were bundled out for 93 in 44.1 overs against the accurate bowling of the Indians. The Lankans received an early jolt when D de Silva fell to seamer Jhulan Goswami in the third over. Then Rumeli Dhar accounted for Lankan skipper Shashikala Sriwardane (1) and I Galagedra (4) to keep up the pressure.
Opener C Polgampala (22) put up some resistance at one end as Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals. Later, tailender S Weerakoodey (17) defied the Indian attack to help her team reach nearer the three-figure mark. For the hosts, Jhulan, Rumeli and D Palshikar claimed two wickets each. In reply, India lost both their openers, S Naik (16) and Tirush Kamini (13), early. But unbeaten knocks by S Paranjpe (35) and skipper Mithali Raj (17) helped the hosts cruise to victory in 27.5 overs.
Paranjpe was declared player-of-the-match. Young Indian opener Kamini and D de Silva of Sri Lanka shared the player of the tournament award
Women's Asia Cup 2006-07, Jaipur - Final : India Women 94-2 (27.5 overs) beat Sri Lanka Women 93 all out (44 overs) by 8 wickets

Indian eves favourites to win Asia Cup

Indian eves, gunning for a hat-trick of titles, start strong favourites when they take on Sri Lanka in the final of the third women's Asia Cup cricket tournament at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Thursday.
They have a psychological edge over the Sri Lankans whom they have beaten twice in the league phase and look all set to lift the cup for the third consecutive time. In the first leg of the round-robin league, the home side had cruised to a huge 10-wicket victory while in the second leg they had emerged winner by seven wickets. The Indians have also proved that they are head and shoulders above the rest by winning all their league matches in the competition. The Indians look good in every department of the game but skipper Mithali Raj refused to be rushed to any conclusion.

India to meet Sri Lanka in Asia cup final

India maintained a clean slate as they thrashed Pakistan by a huge 103-run margin in their last league match at the Women's Asia Cup Cricket tournament at the Sawai Mansingh stadium, Jaipur.
Electing to bat, Indian eves set a challenging 244 for 7 for Pakistan and restricted their arch-rivals to 141 for 8 in 50 overs. India have already qualified to play in the final against Sri Lanka on December 21 while Pakistan will return home without a single win in the double round-robin league of the tournament. Opener Sunera Paranjpe scored 52 runs and stitched an 83-run partnership with S Naik (21) for the opening wicket giving India a good start. Skipper Mithali Raj (22), Tirush Kamini 34, Rumeli Dhar 42 and Anjum Chopra 3 not out contributed to the team in their stipulated 50 overs. Pakistan's Sana Mir took 3 for 37 and Sabahat Rasheed picked 2 for 38.
Chasing victory target, Pakistan received an early jolt when opener Bismah Mahroof fell to Sunera on duck. But skipper Urooz Mumtaj, who opened the innings, played a good knock of 33. Among others, Sana Javed (23) and Nain Abidi (23 n.o.) stood up to the Indian bowling, which failed to bowl out the rivals once again though. Rajshree Goyal (2 for 12) and N al-Khadeer (2 for 25) were most successful bowlers for India.
Women's Asia Cup 2006-07, Jaipur : India Women 244-7 (40.0 overs) beat Pakistan Women 141-8 (50 overs) by 103 runs

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by five wikets

half-century by D D Silva and an all-round performance by E Loksurya helped Sri Lankan women crush Pakistan by five wickets today and storm into the final of the third women's Asia Cup cricket tournament.
The Lankan eves, who had beaten Pakistan in first round league match too, dominated again, restricting their rivals to a modest 166 for seven and then chased down the target with more than 10 overs to spare. Electing to bat, Pakistan lost two early wickets -- those of Taskeen Qaseer (22) and Sajda Shah (1) -- but Bismah Maroof (22), Sana Mir (35) and Sana Jawahid (31) helped them recover and post a respectable total. Loksurya was most successful bowler for Sri Lanka with 3-40 while C Polgampala took 2-33. In reply, Sri Lanka made a solid start with D D Silva (50) and Polgampala (26) adding 90 runs for the openeing wicket.
They were rattled a bit when they lost three quick wickets but Loksurya (36 no) stemmed the rot and steered her team to victory. Sajda Shah claimed 2 for 46 for Pakistan. Having beaten Pakistan in the first round league match, the victory ensured Sri Lanka a place in the final against India.
Women's Asia Cup 2006-07, Jaipur ODI 2: Sri Lanka Women 167-5 (40.0 overs) beat Pakistan Women 166-7 (50 overs) by five wickets

Indian eves crush Sri Lanka

Indian eves continued their march towards a third successive title by crushing Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the women's Asia Cup cricket tournament at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur on Friday.
Thirush Kamini who scored fine half-century and took two wickets was star of the Indian victory. After skipper Mithali Raj elected to bowl, Priti Dimiri (3-14) and Kamini (2-38) restricted the visitors to a modest 145 for 8 in stipulated 50 overs. The hosts then knocked off the required runs without loss in 31.3 overs, with Kamini (60) combining with S Naik (79) ensured victory for the defending champions. India earned 5 points from the win.
Women's Asia Cup 2006-07, Jaipur: India Women 146-0 (31.3 overs) beat Sri Lanka Women 145-8 (50 overs) by ten wickets

Thumping win for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka skipper Shashikala Sriwardane led from the front to help her side score a thumping seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the women's Asia Cup cricket tournament match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Thursday. Shasikala took four wickets to restrict Pakistan to 147 for nine.
For Pakistan, opener Taskeena Qadeer (37) and Sana Mir (23) were the only batters who defied the Sri Lankan attack. Shasikala (44) then shone with the bat, and along with C. Polgampala (53) took her team to victory in 43.2 overs with seven wickets in hand. Sri Lanka, which earned four points from Thursday's win, will take on India on Friday. Pakistan, which crashed to its second successive defeat, is yet to open its account.
Women's Asia Cup 2006-07, Jaipur: Sri Lanka Women 151-3 (43.2 overs) beat Pakistan Women 147-9 (50 overs) by seven wickets

India Women beat Pakistan by 80 runs

A solid batting performance from the Indian Women, led by a patient half-century from Rumeli Dhar, helped them to a thumping 80-run win over their Pakistan counterparts in the opening game of the Asia Cup at Jaipur.
Choosing to bat first, India were in early trouble at 51 for 4 but were revived by a 105-run stand between Dhar and Hamlata Kala. Following them was a quickfire 45, off just 47 balls, from Amita Sharma who steered them to 239 for 9 at the end of their innings. Qanita Jalil experienced a bitter-sweet day on the field. She conceded 62 runs in her allotted ten overs, including a generous 16 wides, but ended as the most successful bowler with five wickets. Asmavia Iqbal, her new-ball partner, complemented her with two wickets. Pakistan didn't get too much momentum during their run-chase, despite solid 40s from Bismah Maroof and Sajda Shah. India's bowlers switched on their economical mode and Thirush Kamini, with 3 for 19 in her 10 overs, stood out as the most effective.
Women's Asia Cup 2006-07, Jaipur: India Women 239-9 beat Pakistan Women 159-6 by 80 runs

Women's Asia Cup begins in Jaipur today

A confident India will take on resurgent Pakistan in the inaugural match of the 3rd Women's Asia Cup Cricket tournament at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Wednesday.
Indian captain Mithali Raj said the home side would not take their opponents lightly as they launch their campaign to win the hat-trick of titles. "They have some good players. We will focus on the match," said Mithali in the pre-match press conference on Tuesday. Pakistan captain Uroof Mumtaz Khan said her team was an improved unit and would challenge the dominance of India.
"We have improved a lot in past few months. Recently in the qualifying tournament, we beat Hong Kong 3-0 which gave us a lot of confidence. The series against Delhi team after the last edition of the Asia Cup also gave us room to improve," Uroof said. Uroof also said the Pakistan team was "a balanced unit with some good batsmen and left-arm bowlers". She specially gave credit to the International Cricket Council and the families of the players, who supported them by various means.
"The backing of the Pakistan cricket team and the take of ICC has helped a lot. Women's cricket in Pakistan is comparatively new phenomena but the society is not so orthodox as it was assumed. The families of the players support the players," she said in media briefing after the nets session. There was a lot of furore that BCCI and Rajasthan Cricket Association were not paying enough attention to such a big event but Shubhangi Kulkarni, the main force behind the whole show, tried to cool down the things. Kulkarni, however, said many of the finer points were yet to be given final shape.

Pakistan announces women cricket squad for Asian Cup

Pakistan has announced a 18- member national squad for the third Women's Asian Cricket Cup 2006, scheduled from Dec. 11 to 22 at Jaipur of India.
Led by Urooj Mumtaz and Asmavia Iqbal, the team comprises 14 players and four officials and will take on India in its opening match on Dec. 13. Accordingly, the players were selected on the basis of their performance at the recent training camp in eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.

India to host women's Asia Cup cricket

Women's cricket in India received a shot in the arm with the BCCI taking control of the women's association in the country. The move was the result of an International Cricket Council directive to all country associations to develop its women's wing.
"The BCCI has officially taken over the activities of Women's Cricket in India and will be conducting inter-state and inter-zonal tournaments," a statement by BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said. All modalities in connection with the tournaments will be decided by the BCCI and the representatives of Women's Cricket Association of India i.e. President and Hon. Secretary have agreed to resign from the WCAI so as to make themselves available to assist the BCCI in the functioning of Women's Cricket activities. After a period of lull, women's cricket in India will be abuzz with activity with the Asia Cup scheduled to be held next month and a quadrangular tournament in February.
The events were approved by the Indian cricket board Women's Cricket Committee which met here to formalise the BCCI's taking over of the women's sport in the country.
India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will vie for the Asia Cup while the quadrangular tournament will involve Australia, New Zealand and England as the three visiting teams.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.