Printed on Wed Aug 10 2022 6:17:23 PM

Tigresses lost to Women in Blue

Staff Correspondent
India kept their ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 semi-final expectations buzzing with a comfortable 110-run victory over Bangladesh in Hamilton.

Yastika Bhatia’s half-century was the standout knock in India’s 229-7.

Be that as it may, Sneha Rana (four for 30) and Rajeshwari Gayakwad (one for 15 from 10 overs) left the Tigresses in a twist and they never recovered from a slow start despite the best endeavor of Salma Khatun, who made a brisk 32.

Mithali Raj selects to bat after winning the toss and India made a strong start, Smriti Mandhana getting the scoreboard moving with back-to-back boundaries to conclude the second over.

Her opening partner Shafali Verma went one better in the ninth, striking Nahida Akter for what might end up being the main six of the innings over long-on, and three boundaries in the following oversaw India end the powerplay well set on 52 without loss.

Bangladesh needed a forward leap and Nahida provided it when Mandhana selected Fargana Hoque at square leg to fall for 30 and end the opening partnership on 74.

One became three in the blink of an eye, Ritu Moni representing Verma and Raj in consecutive deliveries in the next over as a jubilant Bangladesh checked India’s momentum.

Yastika Bhatia and Harmanpreet Kaur were entrusted with the reconstructing position and it was one they set about cautiously, the pair content to turn the strike as the Bangladesh attack kept boundaries to a minimum.

Richa Ghosh joined Bhatia and was quickly up and running with successive fours through point, though the cut shot would later bring her destruction.

Ghosh endured being dropped off Ritu but it was not a costly miss as she did not add to her score of 26 before falling to Nahida in the next over, Nigar Sultana offering to set things straight behind the stumps.

Bhatia brought up a patient 79-ball half-century but fell to the next delivery, leaving India 176 for six at the start of the 44th over, but useful late appearances from Pooja Vastrakar (30 not out) and Sneha Rana (27 from 23) pushed them above 200.

Bangladesh’s pursuit of 230 started slowly, Murshida’s six over cover in the fifth over, Bangladesh’s first maximum at a World Cup, multiplying her side’s score, and a speedy twofold blow before the end of the powerplay marked their expectations.

Sharmin Akhter was caught at slip attempting a booming off-drive off Gayakwad before Fargana was trapped in front by a full Vastrakar delivery without scoring.

Bangladesh were 19 for two at the 10-over mark, the lowest score after the powerplay in the tournament so far, and the mountain they needed to ascend became more extreme when captain Nigar holed out attempting to increase the run rate.

Murshida dropped twice, saw her luck run out when she was smartly taken by Kaur off Yadav for 19 and it was 35 for five when a successful review showed the ball had flicked Rumana Ahmed’s glove en route to Bhatia at short leg, handing Rana the second wicket in her miserly opening spell.

Salma gave a gleam of light for Bangladesh, hitting four boundaries in her 32 before edging Jhulan Goswami behind to everything except seal her side's destiny

There was still time for both Vastrakar and Rana to move level at the top of the wicket-takers list for the tournament, each bowler claiming their 10th scalp as India wrapped up a convincing victory to leave Bangladesh near the very edge of the end.
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