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India thrash Malaysia by 142 runs in the opening game of Women’s Asia Cup

Electing to bat first, India rode on Mithali Raj’s brilliant 97 to post a score of 169 for 3 wickets in 20 overs. 

Malayasia started positively by picking up opener Smriti Mandhana’s wicket in the second over. Ainna Hamizah Hashim cleanly bowled Mandhana to provide the breakthrough. But that was the only lightning point of Malayasia’s effort in the match.

All-rounder Pooja Vastrakar, promoted at no. 3, scored a quick flash of 16 runs before getting out to young spinner Noor Hayati Zakaria. But the veteran Mithali Raj carried on her good form to score 97 of 69 balls. On her way, she hit 13 boundaries and one six. India’s T-20 skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur scored a quickfire 32 off 23 before falling to a run-out. Next came Deepti Sharma’s whose 18 runs cameo in 12 balls took the Indian score to 169.

Coming into bat, Malaysia showed poor batting performance by getting dismissed at a paltry 27 runs. Pooja Vastrakar took 3 wickets. Mithali Raj was adjudged ‘Player Of the Match’.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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