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Women’s Asia Cup T20 – India beat Pakistan by 5 wickets

The Indian women team lead by Harmanpreet Kaur beat Pakistan by five wickets in the Asia Cup T-20 at the Asian Institute of Technology Ground, Bangkok.

Today’s win was India’s third in as many games. India also avenged their narrow defeat in the World T20 at home in March. India now have six points from three matches.  The other teams in the competition are Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand and Nepal apart from Pakistan.

India won the toss and decided to field first. A charged-up India dismissed Pakistan for just 97 in 20 overs. Ekta Bist bagged three for 20 while Anuja Patil and Kaur took two wickets each. Iram Javed was the top scorer for Pakistan with an unbeaten 37.

In reply, India fumbled before romping home in 19.2 overs, before Mithali Raj (37) and Kaur (26 not out) took home. The victory against Pakistan puts India on top of the table. India now faces Sri Lanka on December 1.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 97/7 in 20 overs (Iram Javed 37*, Ayesha Zafar 28; Ekta Bisht 3-30, Anuja Patil 2/12, Harmanpreet Kaur 2/16) lost to India 98/5 in 19.2 overs (Mithali Raj 36, Harmanpreet Kaur 26*; Nida Rashid 2/11, Sadia Yousaf 2/27) by 5 wickets

India beat Pakistan 3-2 to win the Asian Champions Trophy

hockey-1024x635Kuantan (Malaysia), Oct 31: The Indian men’s hockey team gave the nation a “Diwali gift” as it beat arch rivals Pakistan to reclaim the Asian Champions Trophy on a super Sunday, which also saw the women’s team beat Korea 2-1 in the women’s ACT in Singapore.

India beat the two-time defending champions 3-2 on Sunday. The thrilling final saw India running away to a two-goal lead in the second quarter, Pakistan fighting back in the third quarter, India stealing a late winner and then very smartly running out the clock in the final minutes to hold on and cap off an eventful year with a title win. In fact, it was India’s first title of the year. Goals from Rupinder Pal Singh (18th minute), Affan Yousuf (23rd) and Nikkin Thimmaiah (51st) helped India dethrone Pakistan, who rallied from behind to push India close through strikes from Muhammad Aleem Bilal (26th) and Ali Shaan (38th).

India coach Roelant Oltmans, who heaped praise on his boys, said that losing was not an option for the team. “For the Indian players, there was no option other than winning the title here. We went in as the favorites and were the target of other teams, who faced no such pressure,” said Oltmans, adding that he had seen 20 India-Pakistan matches as a coach and knew the excitement of the sub-continental encounters.

“I’m really proud that the team showed its mental strength in the last quarter to clinch victory after having conceded two goals and allowing the opposition to come back into the contest.”

Oltmans said it was time for the team to set its sights on bigger global titles. “For India’s hockey fans this is a major title win, but we have to go on and win bigger global events,” he added.