Mithali Raj (Image courtesy: Getty)
Mithali Raj (Image courtesy: Getty)

0, 0, 5, 2, 0, 0, 9, 4*, 0, 0, and 1. This sums up Malaysia Women’s innings in the Women’s T20 Asia Cup opener. India Women bowled out the hosts for 27 runs from 13.4 overs to register a 142-run win in the tournament opener at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur.

Electing to bat, Mithali Raj slammed 97* off just 69 balls to help India post 169 for 3 in their stipulated 20 overs. Mithali struck 13 fours and a six. Mithali shared 86 runs off just 53 balls for the third wicket with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who scored a 23-ball 32.

Malaysia lost their first wicket in the second over when Pooja Vastrakar cleaned up wicketkeeper-batswoman Christina Baret for 0. Shikha Pandey removed the other opener Yusrina Yaakop for a duck.

Pooja picked 3 wickets, while Anuja Patil and Poonam Yadav struck with 2 wickets each.

In the other match, Bangladesh Women were shot out for 63 by Sri Lanka Women, who registered a win by 6 wickets.

Brief scores

India Women 169 for 3 in 20 overs [Mithali Raj 97 (69)*, Harmanpreet Kaur 32 (23)*] beat Malaysia Women 27 all out in 13.4 overs [Pooja Vastrakar 3-0-6-3, Anuja Patil 2.4-0-9-2, Poonam Yadav 2-2-0-2] by 142 runs

Player of the Match: Mithali Raj