After a subdued batting performance, the spin conjunction of Shreyanka Patil and Mannat Kashyap shone with the ball to lead India A to victory in the ACC Women’s Emerging Asia Cup 2023.
At the Mission Round Ground in Mong Kok, Hong Kong, on Wednesday, June 21, India A defeated Lata Mondal’s Bangladesh A by 31 runs in their title match. There are many things missing from this competition because rain washed out about half of it. India only participated in one group stage match, but that win was enough to advance them to the championship game.
Shweta Sehrawat’s squad, on the other hand, scarcely seemed ruffled during the summit match as they remained composed and added another trophy to the junior team’s trophy collection. This is the team’s second trophy, following a U19 World victory a few months previously. The Women in Blue will never forget this match.
India chose to bat first, scoring a modest 127 for 7, but the bowlers quickly answered to the challenge, splitting seven wickets between Patil (4/13) and Kashyap (3/20), allowing India to knock out Bangladesh for 96 in 19.2 overs.
Kanika Ahuja, an off-break bowler (2/23) contributed two wickets as well. On a sluggish Mission Road Ground pitch, the Indians put on a comprehensive spin show, with off-spinner Patil and slow left-arm orthodox Kashyap commanding the roost. Prior to being dismissed by Sultana Khatun, Vrinda scored 36 off of 29 after hitting five fours and a six. However, Kanika was still in the game after 30 off of 23 and four fours.
For Bangladesh, Nahida Akter was left stranded on 17 not out while Sobhana Mostary and Nahida Akter each scored 16 runs. Nahida emerged as Bangladesh A’s best bowler after recording final stats of 4-0-13-2. The wickets of Vrinda and Gongadi Trisha were also taken by Khatun. Sanjida Akter Meghla, Rabeya, and each of them took one wicket.
Only four Indian batters managed double-digit scores, while Bangladeshi bowlers often picked off wickets, making it difficult for India to put up any meaningful partnerships. Bangladesh lost Dilara Akter’s early wicket, and they continued to lose wickets. Rain briefly stopped play with their score at 66 for six in 13 overs.
After the action resumed, India A prevented their rivals from regaining momentum. The Tigresses were dismissed for 96 in 19.2 overs by India A. Despite not getting off to a good start with the bat, Shreyanka Patil concluded with numbers of 4-0-13-4. With nine wickets, she finished the competition as the leading wicket-taker.
Mannat Kashyap used her bowling brilliantly to take three wickets for 20 runs. Kanika Ahuja also claimed two victims. India advanced to the final after their semifinal match against Sri Lanka was called off on Tuesday without a ball being delivered. India played just one game leading up to the final, their opener against the hosts Hong Kong, which they won by nine wickets, in an odd turn of events.
None of the balls were bowled in India’s other three matches, including the semifinal versus Sri Lanka. The game was actually spoiled by rain, which resulted in up to eight games being called off.