win extends India's unbeaten run in the tournament's history to 23
games as goals from Dalima Chhibber, Grace Dangmei and substitute
Anju Tamang saw India lift the trophy in front of a partisan crowd at
the Sahid Rangashala Stadium. The pace of the match was intense from
the word go, with both sides pressing hard from the first whistle.
Grace Dangmei fashioned a couple of early chances down the right wing
for India while Nepal registered a couple of shots from distance,
with Manjali Kumar testing Indian custodian Aditi Chauhan in the 14th
minute. Towards the end, Nepal threw the kitchen sink at the Indian
defence but they refused to bow down and stood firm. Sabitra and
Renuka Nagarkote threatened to halve the deficit but could not get
past Aditi in goal as India romped to a fifth SAFF trophy in a row.