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India off with a bang against Bangladesh

Updated on: 10 July,2023 07:24 AM IST  |  Mirpur

After four months without international matches, Harmanpreet & Co register dominating seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh to take 1-0 lead in series

India off with a bang against Bangladesh

India players celebrate after dismissing a Bangladesh batter in Mirpur yesterday. Pic/BCCI

Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur started the new international season with a smashing half-century as the Indian women’s team cantered to a seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the opening T20 International here on Sunday.

Opting to bowl, the Indian spinners used the conditions to their advantage and restricted Bangladesh to a meagre 114 for 5.

In reply, Harmanpreet (54 not out 35 balls) and her deputy Smriti Mandhana (38 off 34 balls) added 70 runs for the third wicket to chase down the target in just 16.2 overs.

Harmanpreet KaurHarmanpreet Kaur

The skipper hit six boundaries and two sixes and made best use of the two reprieves that she got off left-arm spinner Nahida Akter’s bowling.

Mandhana was the pace-setter for India as she hit some delectable boundaries, five of them in all, including a rasping square cut off seamer Marufa Akter and an inside out lofted cover-drive. They were shots out of top drawer.
This was after the Indian bowlers set it up perfectly for the batters, who had to hardly break a sweat while chasing down an easy target.

India spin a web

The spin attack, led by the experienced Deepti Sharma (0-14 in 4 overs), along with debutants —slow left arm orthodox Anusha Bareddy (0-24 in 4 overs) and off-break bowler Minnu Manni (1-21 in 3 overs)—executed skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s plan of bowling on one side of the wicket perfectly.

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Leg-spinner Shafali Verma (1-18 in 3 overs) was also mostly on target, save a six that top-scorer Sorna Akhtar (28 off 28 balls) hit off her bowling.

The idea was to pack the off-side field with five fielders and bowl on the fourth or fifth off-stump line and the Bangladeshi batters, mostly right-handers, found it difficult to pierce the cordon.

This was after debutant Mani got her maiden wicket when Shamima Sultana (17), after tonking the offie for a six, couldn’t connect her slog sweep and Jemimah Rodrigues took a smart catch at square leg.

Pooja Vastrakar then softened Shathi Rani (22) with a short ball, before castling her with a perfect fuller delivery.

Shafali dismissed early

When India started the chase, Shafali paid price for her lack of footwork as she was adjudged plumb in front while being rooted to the crease. Rodrigues was played on when she tried to cut an off-break from Sultana Khatun. However, once Harmanpreet and Mandhana joined forces, there was hardly any concern. 

Brief scores
Bangladesh 114-5 in 20 overs (S Akter 28, S Mostary 23, S Rani 22) lost to India 118-3 in 16.2 overs (H Kaur 54*, S Mandhana 38; S Khatun 2-25)by seven wickets

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