Bangladesh Women are breaking into the mainstream matches of the ongoing Women’s Asia Cup T20 tournament. In the recent tussle against India, the team nicked a 7 wickets victory. This is their second back to back win, the previous one being against Pakistan. The women team won both the matches as maiden victories in the format. Against India, the team lost four ODIs and nine T20 International matches before this maiden win. On the other hand, India lost a match in the tournament for the first time.
Winning the toss, India Women opted to bat. However, the batting line up faced the wrath of Bangladesh bowlers losing its openers in the powerplay overs. By the fourth over, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj returned with no good runs slogging the innings at 26 for 2. The score bolstered under skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma, the middle order batswomen. Kaur scored 42 off 37 runs playing until the 16th over, while Sharma added 32 off 28 balls, leaving the crease after an over to Kaur. Both of the players were toppled by Rumana Ahmed. Mona Meshram remained unbeaten in the innings hailing the score to 141 for India.
Ahmed had an excellent play in the match. She finished with three wickets, while materializing the run out of Jhulan Goswami. In the first innings she halted the advances of India strikers and in the second innings, she played with an excellent strike. Her 92-run partnership with Fargana Hoque was crucial for Bangladesh to win the match.
In the chase, India bowlers’ success remained restricted only to the wickets of Ayasha Rahman, Shamima Sultana and Nigar Sultana. Rajeshwari Gayakwad sent Rahman back to pavilion in the fifth over, while in the next, Pooja Vastrakar attacked Shamima, ending her strike at 33 off 23 balls. Tough Bangladesh lost two wickets in the powerplay, the team had a headstrong start. In fact, the momentum did not break down as Hoque started her powerful knock. She scored a half century striking 52 runs, playing the game with massive maturity. Rumana added to the impressive play knocking 42 off 34 in the unbeaten partnership.
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