India Women 181 for 4 (Meghana 69, Verma 46, Ghosh 33*, Syuhada 2-9, Duraisingam 2-36) beat Malaysia Women 16 for 2 (Deepti 1-10, Gayakwad 1-6) by 30 runs via DLS method
With overcast conditions defending 181, Harmanpreet bowled five overs of spin in the second innings – with dark clouds hovering – and gave the sixth to Meghna Singh before rain interrupted play. Malaysia were 16 for 2, with Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad accounting for a wicket each when the match was called off due to persistent rain. The first wicket, though, was unlucky for Malaysia, as their captain Winifred Duraisingam was given out lbw by the umpire after a thick inside edge off Deepti in the first over of the innings.
After two defeats from two matches, Malaysia remain at the bottom of the table in the seven-team tournament. India will face UAE on Tuesday at the same venue.
Meanwhile, Shafali huffed and puffed to a 39-ball 46 and was looking for fluency till the end of her innings. That she crossed 20 for the first time in her last six international innings would have given her a hint of confidence. Shafali hit three out of the six sixes by India batters and a lone boundary before being clean bowled by the 17-year-old Nur Dania Syuhada in the 19th over. Syuhada got Navgire out on the next ball, while she tried to slog her first ball over square leg only to find the fielder on the boundary.
Ghosh, who came in at No.3, brought out her sweeps and reverse-sweeps to up the ante and finished unbeaten on 33 to provide India with a strong finish. The wicketkeeper-batter hit five fours and a six in her 19-ball knock. Dayalan Hemalatha then swung her bat to hit a four and a six off the last two balls of the innings to take India to 181.