India beat Pakistan to win Women's T20 Asia Cup

File Picture: Poonam Raut playing a shot against Pakistan at the 2010 T20 World Cup

Beijing: A disciplined bowling attack by the Indian eves helped them secure a 18-run win over rivals Pakistan in the final of the Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup in Guangzhou, China.

Pakistan managed to make a total of 63 runs while chasing India's score of 81 runs before being bowled out with 5 balls remaining, the Express Tribune reports.

Pakistan had earlier won the toss and chose to field, with India ending the innings at 81 runs. Poonam Raut played a crucial knock of 25 in difficult conditions, while Nagarajan Niranjana picked up two wickets.

India captain Mithali Raj said: "So happy for the girls even though I'm disappointed not to have played because of my ankle. Winning this Asia Cup is a great achievement and what's been special is how our team has become like a family over the years, everyone contributes and plays for each other."

"The juniors came in and did well, it was good to expose them to international cricket and the junior teams, Thailand and Hong Kong, really bowled and fielded well and they can only improve the more they play the top teams," she added.

Earlier, Pakistan beat Bangladesh by six wickets in the second semi final of the Asia Cup, earning this spot in the final. India was earlier declared the winners when rain disrupted their semi-final.

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