Bangladesh Women v Pakistan Women, Final, Asian Games, Guangzhou November 19, 2010

Pakistan women win historic gold at Asian Games

ESPNcricinfo staff

An allround performance from Nida Dar propelled Pakistan to a 10-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the final of the inaugural women's cricket tournament at the Asian Games in Guangzhou,China. This is Pakistan's first gold medal in the tournament and has already been welcomed by their supporters at a time when the men's game is reeling from a succession of controversies and the country is battling the fallout of devastating floods that affected 21 million people this summer.

"We are excited and happy," Sana Mir, the captain said. "Pakistan must be proud of us. The way the women's team has played and the way they have handled themselves on and off the field is really wonderful for Pakistanis living in Pakistan and abroad. There are lot of good things happening in Pakistan and this is one of them."

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari hailed the team's win, describing the performance as "as a gift to the nation riding on a series of crises".

In what turned out to be a one-sided final, Pakistan chose to field and their bowlers, led by Dar's offspin, ran through the Bangladesh batting line-up. Only Rumana Ahmed (16) and Salma Khatun (24) managed to reach double figures as Bangladesh were bowled out for 92 off their 20 overs. Dar picked up three wickets, conceding just 16 runs in four overs.

Pakistan made short work of the chase as the openers, Dar and Javeria Khan, reached the target in just under 16 overs. Dar raced to 51 off 43 deliveries with seven fours while Khan made a more sedate 39 with three boundaries.

Dipu Rai Choudhury, the Bangladesh coach, was disappointed with the loss, but was still pleased with the team's overall performance in the tournament. "If we had won today, we would have been heroes here. But we are still heroes," he said.

The bronze medal was won by Japan, who beat China by seven wickets. China were restricted to 65 for 6 off their 20 overs before Japan reached their target with four balls to spare.

Japan captain Ema Kuribayashi, who plays club cricket in New Zealand, top-scored for her side with a steady, unbeaten 24. "We fought with calmness and concentration. We just tried to avoid getting out. We were focusing on doing our jobs," she said, adding that the win would be a major boost to the sport in Japan.

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  • sajjad on November 23, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    India women -- Indian women --- Indian women - please give me the news - did our Indian women not play ?

    Why was this tournament not covered by cricinfo ???

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    Hey, 'multi trading house' guy, i wish there was a like button, like on facebook. The men really should step it up shouldn't they.

  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    wow....its really historic gold for pak women cric team.....congrats

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    Excellent performance and may be now improve men 's performance.

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Agree with Michael Perera when i opened the scorecard of Japan vs China match i expected to see many South Asian immigrants from India and Pakistan dominate the scorecard, but was pleasantly surprised.

  • Prbath on November 20, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    What is going on with Indian & SL cricket boards? why they are not participated in this ASIAD? if they did i think India could win gold & SL Silver hands down, insted of that SL woment team playing with England to Facilitate them for prepare for the Ashes with Australia which is rubbish, coz England dont even considering playing against SL men's team, why we Asian always do this, i am disappointed,

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    @cric4world our stupid BCCI didnt even send our the team as the indian men were playin lol

  • Jawwad on November 19, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    My dear country women! Many Many Congrats to you all of you inlcuding the coaches. Brava Brava! We are excited about your gamework and we very pleased with your efforts. Good show. Keep going.

  • Dummy4 on November 19, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    I'm with fk2000 - it's nice to see the scorecards for the Japan/China games and not see the teams dominated by Patels, Singhs and Khans. The day that cricket can establish itself outside of its traditional (Commonwealth) territories is the day it can truly call itself a global sport.

  • Vinod on November 19, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    @Asis : 1.6 billion is too exagerated figure.

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