Bangladesh Women defeat Indian women for the first time in ODI cricket
Dhaka, July 17: The Bangladesh women's team had to fight against the giants of Asia in the T20I but had to burn with the regret of the series loss. However, at the beginning of the three-match ODI series, Bangladesh went ahead with a landslide victory. Along with that, the Tigresses won against India for the first time in the ODI format. Indians surrendered helpless to Bangladesh in the field of Mirpur.
Bangladesh lost the toss and batted first in the rain-hit match at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Sunday. Tigresses collected 152 runs in 44 overs, thanks to 39 runs from skipper Nigar Sultana Jyoti and 27 runs from Farzana Akhtar.
In reply, the Indians were all out for 113 runs. Bangladesh bowler Marufa Akhtar took 4 wickets and Rabeya Khan took 3 wickets. Bangladesh made history by winning by 40 runs.
Despite the small target of 153 runs, India stumbled early in the run chase. Indian star opener Smriti Mandhana left the field with a catch to Nigar Sultana off the last ball of the second over bowled by Marufa Akhtar. India lost the first wicket for the team's 13 runs.
The visitors lost two more wickets before the end of the powerplay. Another opener Priya Punia was Marufa's second victim in the eighth over. Her 27-ball 10-run innings ended with a catch by Murshida. And skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was caught LBW by Nahida on the last ball of the powerplay. Her innings stopped at 5 runs.
After that, Swastika Bhatia and Jemima Rodriguez could not settle on the wicket for long. Rabeya Khan's twin hunt, the two took the path to the pavilion. Swastika was bowled for 15 individual runs and Jemima returned with a catch in the hands of Murshida. On the scoreboard, India collected 61 runs for 5 wickets.
Then Dipti Sharma and Amanjot Kaur took the lead for India. The two had a partnership of thirty runs. However, India lost three consecutive wickets at the team's 91 runs. Nahida dismissed Deepti Sharma who was devastated after Marufa Akhtar's double hit.
The hosts continue on the way to a sure victory after Dipti's departure. Pooja Vastrakar tried to put up some resistance for the visitors. She returned with a catch to captain Jyoti off Sultana Khatun's ball. Seven runs from 11 balls came from her bat before returning to the dressing room. Anusha was run out as the last batter.
Marufa Akhter took 4 wickets for Bangladesh. Rabeya Khan got 3 wickets. Nahida Akhtar and Sultana Khatun took one wicket each.