BANGKOK: Mithali Raj struck an unbeaten half-century before Indian bowlers come out with a stupendous performance to defeat Pakistan by 17 runs to win the Women’s T20 Asia Cup 2016.

In the final played at the Asian Institute of Technology Ground, Bangkok, the Indian eves successfully defended the title which they won in 2012 in Guangzhou while they secured their fourth win over Pakistan in the Asia Cup.

Pakistan were set a target of 122 by India but could only manage 104 for the loss of six wickets in their stipulated quota of 20 overs. Pakistan started off well during their chase and at 75 for 3 in the fourteenth over, they threatened to take the game away.

India had reached the final of the six-team tournament, with 10 points, after winning all of their five round-robin matches.

Pakistan, with eight points, were second having won four of their five games. In the round-robin stage, India had defeated Pakistan by five wickets.