India registered a second successive victory over Bangladesh by 18 runs in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Group A match.
Perth: Poonam Yadav’s spin spell followed by excellent innings of opener Shefali Verma and Jemima Rodriguez, India registered a second successive victory over Bangladesh by 18 runs in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Group A match. Chasing India’s 143-run target, Bangladesh was bowled by leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (3 for 18), fast bowler Shikha Pandey (2 for 14) and Arunaditya Reddy (2 for 33). Only 124 runs for eight wickets in front.
For Bangladesh, wicket-keeper batsman Nigar Sultana scored the highest 35 runs while opener Murshida Khatoon scored 30 runs.
India earlier scored 142 runs for six wickets from openers Shefali Verma (39) and Jemima Rodriguez (34) as well as Veda Krishnamurthy (20 not out). However, the team could only add 35 runs in the last five overs. For Bangladesh, Panna Ghosh and Salma Khatoon bowled fluently and took two wickets for 25-25 runs. Bangladesh started off poorly to chase the target.
The team lost the wicket of Shamima Sultana (03) in the second over, who caught Deepti off Shikha’s ball. Murshida hit Deepti for three fours in the third over. However, she was lucky in the same over when Shefali failed to catch her catch at square leg.
Murshida, along with Sanjeeda Islam, raised the team’s score to 33 for one wicket in the power play. Captain Harmanpreet handed the ball to fast bowler Arunadhati in the eighth over. Murshida welcomed him with fours but in the same over, waving the ball in the air caught Richa Ghosh at mid-off. Nigar then took over the front.