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January 2, 2006
India 95 for 0 (Dhar 54*, Raj 38*) beat Pakistan 94 (Palshikar 3-12) by 10 wickets
India sauntered to an easy 10-wicket win against Pakistan in the Asia Cup as they warmed-up for Wednesday's final against Sri Lanka in style. As throughout the tournament the Pakistan batting struggled to post any sort of target against a well-drilled Indian attack before Mithali Raj and Rumeli Dhar knocked off the runs inside 18 overs.
Pakistan opted to try and post a defendable total but were soon in familiar trouble as the top order were skittled. Sajjida Shah resisted for 65 balls before falling to Varsha Rapheal, who bowled here 10 overs for 22. However, that appeared expensive compared to Devika Palshikar, who finished with the remarkable figures of 3 for 12 from her full complement of overs. Sana Mir produced a brave attempt to edge Pakistan towards three figures with a battling 27, which included three boundaries.
But the Indian batting has produced consistent performances throughout the Asia Cup and this time Raj and Dhar eased along at five an over to make short work of the target. Dhar was especially impressive, striking eight fours and a six in her 48-ball 54.
Despite losing all their group matches the Pakistan captain, Sana Javed, was still optimistic about the progress her team was making. "We are newcomers to women's cricket and gained a lot of experience despite losing all four matches."
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