Women’s T20 World Cup: India beat Bangladesh by 18 runs
After posting the highest total of the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup, India registered a comfortable win over Bangladesh for their second win of the tournament and to ensure a smooth journey for themselves to the final four at the WACA on Monday.
Poonam Yadav, who took a four-wicket haul against Australia, once again spun a web around the opposition batters as she finished with 3 wickets while Shikha Pandey chipped in with 2 wickets to help India beat Bangladesh by 18 runs and avenge the Asia Cup final defeat.
After being asked to bat first, Shafali Verma gave India a flying start as the 16-year-old muscled a six in the very first over of the India innings. Shafali lost her opening partner Taniya Bhatia in the 2nd over but that did not dent her spirit as he hammered 4 sixes and 2 boundaries to add quick 30 in her 17-ball stay at the crease.
India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur failed to get among runs yet again as she gifted her prized wicket on a loose delivery. Jemimah Rodrigues played a crucial knock again before being run-out for 34. Rodrigues went for a single off a full toss but Nahida made a great save to remove Rodrigues.
India started losing their way as Bangladesh chipped in with wickets in the middle overs to claw their way back in the game. India lost both Richa Gosh and Deepti Sharma in the 17th over to see themselves reeling at 114 for 6. However, it was a late cameo of Veda Krishnamurthy where she smashed 4 boundaries in her 11-ball stay to take India to a total of 142 for 6 in 20 overs.
It was Bangladesh’s fielding that hurt them the most as they gave away at least 20 runs through misfielding. Chasing 143, Bangladesh suffered an early jolt when Shikha Pandey struck in her first over to remove opener Shamima Sultana.
But Murshida Khatun soon attacked Deepti Sharma to collect three boundaries in her 2nd over and make up for an early once. However, once Bangladesh lost Murshida for 30, the asking rate started to soar up and Bangladesh kept losing wickets under pressure.