After a match-winning spell in the tournament opener against defending champions Australia, leg-spinner Poonam Yadav came up with yet another impressive show, taking 3/18 to help India beat Bangladesh by 18 runs in a Group A match of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 on Monday at WACA. Also Read - Former India Cricketer RP Singh's Father Passes Away Due to Covid-19
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Bangladesh opener Shamima Sultana departed early for five and that gave India the start they were after. Murshida Khatun and Sanjida Islam then repaired the early damage with a 39-run stand to get the chase back on track. However, Arundhati Reddy struck in her first over of the match to break them apart with the scalp of Khatun (30 off 26).
Soon, Bangladesh lost two more wickets in quick succession including that of Islam (10 off 17) and Fargana Haque for a duck.
Fahima Khatun tried negating the damage with a brisk 17 off 13 but was outfoxed by a slow delivery from Poonam Yadav to hole out to Shafali in the 16th over.
Nigar Sultana (35 off 24) had kept Bangladesh’s faint hopes alive but her dismissal in the 17th over was the last nail in the coffin. Poonam added a third wicket to her kitty in the form of Jahanara Alam (10 off 10) in her fourth and final over. Rumana Ahmed struck two fours off Rajeshwari Gayakwad to start the penultimate over but it was too little too late.
Earlier, put in to bat by Bangladesh, India did not get off to the ideal start as they lost wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia (2 off 5) early.
Opener Shafali was then joined by Jemimah Rodrigues and the duo took charge.
She continued her form, with a quickfire 17-ball 39. Her innings was brought to an end when she went for a big hit only to sky the ball high in the air and get caught. Her innings was laced with four sixes and two fours.
After her departure, India lost the impetuous as skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was dismissed for eight off 11 balls, which was followed by another wicket of the well-set Rodrigues for 34 off 37 balls.
Richa Ghosh, who replaced Smriti Mandhana in the playing XI, hit two splendid boundaries before holing out to Nahida Akter off Salma Khatun.
India continue to lose wickets with Deepti Sharma (11) running herself out following a mix up with Veda Krishnamurthy (20 off 11).
Veda though came out with a few hits at the back end of the innings to help India post a fighting total of 142/6.
For Bangladesh, Salma Khatu and Panna Ghosh picked two wickets apiece.