Women's Asia Cup: Mithali Raj 97*, Malaysia 27

India women beats Malaysia women by 142 runs in the Women's Asia Cup opener at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Malaysia on Sunday (June 3).

Mithali Raj couldn't find the boundary that will probably have given her a three-figure score.   -  PTI

As many as six Malaysia batters fell for duck as India bundled the home team out for just 27 to register a resounding 142-run victory in the opening Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup match here today.

Electing to bat, India scored 169 for 3 in the allotted 20 overs, riding on Mithali Raj’s unbeaten 97 off 69 balls, and then shot the home side out in just 13.4 overs in a completely lop-sided match at Kinrara Academy Oval.

Pooja Vastrakar grabbed three wickets for just six runs with her medium pace while the spin duo of Anuja Patil and Poonam Yadav, who did not concede any run, took two wickets apiece as the Indian bowlers ran riot over the clueless Malaysians.

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Only five Malaysian batswomen opened their account and none could manage a double-figure score. Sasha Azmi top-scored with nine runs from 10 balls.

Malaysia lost half its side within five overs, being reduced to five for 12. Captain Winifred Duraisingam (5 off 21 balls) and Zumika Azmi (4 off 15 balls) stayed at the crease for long with any substantial contribution as India completed a massive victory.

Earlier, India did not have the best of starts as it was 35 for 2 just after the Powerplay overs. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur then gave the impetus to the Indian innings with her 23-ball 32.

But the day belonged to senior pro Mithali, who batted through the 20 overs with a strike rate of 140.57. She hit 13 fours and a six in her 69-ball unbeaten knock.

She, however, could not find the boundary in the last two overs when she was eight away from a century.

Mithali’s 86-run stand with Harmanpreet came off just 53 balls and she closed the innings off with Deepti Sharma (18 not out).

Brief Scores:

India Women: 169 for 3 in 20 overs (Mithali Raj 97 not out, Harmanpreet Kaur 32)

Malaysia Women: 27 all out in 13.4 overs (Sasha Azmi 9; Pooja Vastrakar 3/6, Poonam Yadav 2/0)