Indo-Pak clash to decide Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup winner

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Indo-Pak clash to decide Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup winner
New Delhi : Pakistani women's cricket team celebrates the wicket of India's Smriti Vandhana during the World T20 match at the Kotla stadium in Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo by Shirish Shete (PTI3_19_2016_000152B)

Pakistan women’s team will take on the arch-rivals, India in the final of the Asian Cricket Council Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup on December 4 at Bangkok.

Pakistan defeated the hosts, Thailand in their last league game by five wickets to qualify for the final of the tournament.

India and Pakistan had a close contest earlier in the tournament, where Pakistan scored 97/7 in their 20 overs, which India eventually chased down with just four balls to spare.

Indian team, which are yet to be defeated in the tournament, is expecting an aggressive approach from Pakistan in the final of the multi-nation event.

Indian allrounder, Shikha Pandey talked to Cricbuzz and told that Pakistan are expected come harder at them.

“The victory does give you confidence,” she said. “You have a psychological edge when you’ve defeated them already. But at the same time, it also gives you a message that they are going to come back harder at us,” said Pandey.

She also said that her team will have to be in their top form to defeat Pakistan as they will come with better preparations this time.

“If we have seen them play, they have obviously seen us play too,” she said. “They will also come prepared with their strategies.” We will have to be mentally very tough when we face them and that’s what we are going to do. Hopefully, we end up on the winning side.”

Pakistan won their last league game against Thailand by 5 wickets.

Thailand won the toss and elected to bat first. Their decision turned out to be a poor one as Pakistan ran through their batting line for just 51 runs.

Pakistan’s former skipper, Sana Mir took four wickets for just 9 runs in four overs. Anam Amin and Nida Dar bagged two wickets each, whereas, Asmavia Iqbal hunted one Thai batter.

Pakistan had a disastrous start to the chase as they lost Ayesha Zafar on the first ball of the inning and the captain, Bismah Maroof could only manage 6 runs.

Asmavia Iqbal and Nida Dar held things together for their team and scored 24 and 14 runs respectively.

Sana Mir fell for just 1 run, while Nain Abidi and Javeria Khan finished the job for their team.

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