Shikha Pandey’s unbeaten 39 guide India women to a resounding win over Nepal women. © Getty Images

Shikha Pandey’s unbeaten 39 guided India women to a resounding win over Nepal women. © Getty Images

India Women decimated Nepal Women by 99 runs to strut to the final of the Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup in Bangkok with an all-win record on Friday (November 2).

Harmanpreet Kaur opted to bat upon winning the toss and India put up 120 for 5 from their 20 overs. In response, Nepal, who haven’t won a game in the tournament, were scuttled for 21 in 16.3 overs – their lowest total in the tournament above the 23 they put up against Sri Lanka earlier.

Coming into the game with four wins under their belt, India were always the likely winners of the contest at the Asian Institute of Technology ground. A part of that job was taken care of with the bat where five batters crossed the double-digit mark. The real spike in India’s scoring, though, came through VR Vanitha’s 14-ball 21 at the start and Shikha Pandey’s unbeaten 32-ball 39 from No. 6.

Nepal, who have scored over 50 runs only once so far, were staring down the barrel from the get-go, and their worst fears unravelled as they lost half their batting unit with just ten runs on the board. The next half added 11. So poor was their display with the bat that extras outscored all their batters with seven; Sarita Magar scored six.

Poonam Yadav led the way for India with figures of 3 for 9 from three overs. Sabbhineni Meghna and Anuja Patil, who didn’t give a run away in 3.3 overs, complemented the legspinner with two wickets apiece from the other end.

Brief scores: India Women 120/5 in 20 overs (VR Vanitha 21, Shikha Pandey 39 n.o.; Rubina Chhetry 2-21) beat Nepal Women 21 in 16.3 overs (Poonam Yadav 3-9, Sabbhineni Meghna 2-3, Anuja Patil 2-0) by 99 runs.