The ongoing match between India Women and Bangladesh Women is a must-win for Mithali Raj & Co. As per their past performance, India Women’s team needs to win both their games, that is against Bangladesh and South Africa to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup.
After Mithali won the toss and opted to bat first, openers provided a solid start as the pair of Smriti Mandhana (30 off 51) and Shafali Verma (42 off 42) added 74-runs for the first wicket. This was followed by Yastika Bhatia’s gritty 50 in 80-balls which helped India to post competitive total 229-7 on board.
Considering the gravity of the match, Indian bowlers too started off well as the great presence of mind from Sneh Rana at slip cost Bangladesh Women their first wicket in the 6th over the game. On the first ball of the over, Gayakwad tossed the ball, inviting the batter Sharmin Akhter to drive, but the ball got a thick edge, and deflection went to the keeper. But, the ball popped from wicket-keeper Richa’s gloves and Sneh Rana, who was present at first slip showed great mind and caught a simple catch. Rana’s brilliant piece of fielding provided India much-needed first breakthrough in a must-win contest.
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As India was cruising with the first dismissal, Pooja Vastrakar gave yet another opportunity to celebrate as she soon dismissed Fargana Hoque on duck. Bangladesh’s third wicket came after three runs were added on the scoreboard, as Vastrakar trapped Hoque’s leg before the wicket before the batter could have added a single run on board. When Hoque took the long hard walk, Bangladesh’s score was reeling at 15-2 in 8.5 overs.
However, opener Murshida Khatun and skipper Nigar Sultana (3 off 11) were making an honest attempt but Harmanpreet Kaur’s easy catch caused Sultana her wicket. By the time of writing, Bangladesh Women were reeling at 83/6 with Ritu Moni (7*) and Lata Mondal (15) at the crease.