Women’s World T20, India vs Bangladesh as it happened: Mithali and Co cruise to a 72-run win

Mar, 15 2016 IST

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  • 18:37 (IST)

    Harmanpreet is player of the match for her attacking 40 off 29 balls. The two sixers were super to watch. Gave India a strong platform.

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    Final word from former cricketer & Firstpost writer, Snehal Pradhan

    The scorecard says it's the perfect game for India, but the scorecard often lies. There were a few misfields and dropped catches, not to mention full tosses. They were close to perfect, especially in the batting department which is heartening. With four of the top six in the form of their lives, Mithali will sleep a lot better.

  • 18:20 (IST)

    Bangladesh need 83 from 6 balls, safe to say this is in the bag?

  • 18:13 (IST)

    OUT! Fifth wicket down. Bangladesh barely able to move out of 2nd gear, as Anuja Patil traps Fahima in front. 

    After 17 overs, Bangladesh 70/5, Target 164

  • 18:03 (IST)

    Update from former cricketer & Firstpost writer, Snehal Pradhan

    India have not been tested at all by Bangladesh, who will get nowhere fast batting at this rate. They will need to examine their batting approach in a game like this. While chasing a mammoth score, it's better to bat fearlessly (but not carelessly) and be 60 all out than to be 100 for four in 20 overs.  They have played only 26 T20Is, so will improve with time.

    Meanwhile, substitute  Deepti Sharma's run out with a direct hit will make Mithali really happy, because India will need to field like they did in the T20Is down under to win this tournament. There have been a few misfields, and overthrows, and could be costly against a strong team. 

  • 17:59 (IST)

    Bangladesh are four down, Poonam gets another wicket with her flighted, slow spinners, swept straight to midwicket

    Bangladesh are 52/4 after 13 overs, Target 164

  • 17:54 (IST)

    It's been a cruise for India so far. Bangladesh getting no leeway, as spinners and Shikha keep it tight.

    After 12 overs Bangladesh 43/3, Target 164

  • 17:51 (IST)

    OUT! INDIAN fielding, which was tremendous during their tour Down Under, strikes again. Direct hit from midwicket by Deepti, who is on as a sub, as the non-striker is caught well-short

  • 17:41 (IST)

    Update from former cricketer & Firstpost writer, Snehal Pradhan

    Bangladesh looked comfortable against the pace off Goswami, but have struggled to get the spinners away. Lack of pace certainly the way to go against them, but spinners will be tested against other teams that step out and sweep well. That's why India need to use the pacers as well, especially considering the conditions are overcast. 

  • 17:41 (IST)

    Really tempting spinners, from Poonam! Bangaldesh trying to sweep their way out of it, failing badly

  • 17:40 (IST)

    OUT! Poonam Yadav's really slow spinners get India their 2nd wicket, as Sanjida sweeps it straight to midwicket. India well on top

  • 17:34 (IST)

    OUT! India get their first wicket after a sedate start for Bangladesh. Anuja Patil strikes in the 5th over, as Ayasha top-edges to short fine leg. 

  • 17:28 (IST)

    After 4 overs Bangladesh 19/0, Target 164

    Bangladesh have got the occasional boundary - 3 in 4 overs so far - but it has been tight bowling and fielding from India otherwise. Jhulan from one end and spin from other so far

  • 17:10 (IST)

    Jhulan Goswami starts off proceedings for India...

  • 17:02 (IST)

    Update from former cricketer & Firstpost writer, Snehal Pradhan

    The Indian middle order didnt get much game time in the warm up games, so the wickets in the middle were actually good news for India.

    Harmanpreet and Veda Krishnamurthy rotated the strike well, and struck a few lusty blows in between to keep the run rate up. Harmanpreet went after Bangladesh's best (and slowest) bowler Rumana Ahmed, and after hitting two fours, pulled her to deep midwicket, but she had done her job: the finishing kick.
     
    Veda was lucky not to be out stumped as the keeper collected the ball marginally in front of the stumps. She then got into the act and hit the 3rd and 4th six of the innings in the 18th over, to give India the impetus they needed for a 160+ score. 

  • 17:00 (IST)

    India finish the 20 overs with 163 for 5 - their highest in T20Is! Some big hitting by Veda Krishnamurthy and Harmanpreet Kaur in the end

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    Anuja falls at the beginning off the 19th over. But Veda hits two huge sixes, one a slog sweep six after coming down the track.

    Last over coming up

  • 16:46 (IST)

    Harmanpreet falls after a superb cameo, made 40 off 29 balls. those two sixes one over long on, one over long off were really tremendous!

    After 18 overs India 141 for 4 (Veda 17, Anuja 1)

  • 16:36 (IST)

    Update from Snehal Pradhan
     
    The last five overs before the 15th belonged to Bangladesh. Spinners taking pace off and getting turn. Batters finding it hard to time the ball , especially off Rumana.  This might set a precedent for the tournament. 
     
    But since then Harmanpreet has stepped it up

  • 16:32 (IST)

    SIX! First of the innings in the 15th over, Harmanpreet steps down and lofts one over long off, superb shot. 

    Mithali Raj fell earlier for a well-made 42 off 35 balls. But India are going strong.

    After 15 overs 108/3

  • 16:24 (IST)

    Mithali still going strong, on 42 off 34 balls. Harmanpreet joins her & India have raced to 94 in 13 overs

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    After 11 overs India 82/2 (Mithali 35, Kaur 9)

    Mitahli is still going strong, Harmanpreet looking solid too. 

  • 16:17 (IST)

    Update from Firstpost's Snehal Pradhan

    Smriti Mandhana falling for nought is a big wicket! LBW to the leg spin of Fahima Khatun. On the back foot, looked to play to mid wicket, missed it and caught plumb in front. Harmanpreet Kaur has come in at 4. 

    Lull in the scoring because of the two wickets, broken by a boundary by Harmanpreet, off a thick outside edge. Overall run rate is healthy despite the wiclets. 

  • 16:17 (IST)

    Update from Firstpost's Snehal Pradhan

    Smriti Mandhana falling for nought is a big wicket! LBW to the leg spin of Fahima Khatun. On the back foot, looked to play to mid wicket, missed it and caught plumb in front. Harmanpreet Kaur has come in at 4. 

    Lull in the scoring because of the two wickets, broken by a boundary by Harmanpreet, off a thick outside edge. Overall run rate is healthy despite the wiclets. 

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Update from Snehal Pradhan

    Vanita was lucky that her two bottom edges narrowly missed the stumps, and her uppish drive eluded the left arm spinner Nahida Akter. Vanita has been happy to hit in the air,  and got enough bat on her shots to evade the fielders every time.  When she has kept her shape, her shots have been a pleasure to watch. 

    With the power play done, Bangladesh spread the field and the Indians were getting ones and twoes easily.
     
    And then, Bangladesh have a wicket, with Vanita being bowled off Nahida. Slow in the air, Vanita stepping out but is early into the lofted shot, and misses it. 

  • 16:14 (IST)

    OUT! In-form Smriti Mandhana falls as well, given LBW to Fahima, India are on the backfoot now.

  • 16:07 (IST)

    OUT! Vanitha stepped down the track but misses the flight of the ball and is bowled by 16-year-old left arm bowler Nahida. India lose their first wicket at 62

  • 16:01 (IST)

    From Snehal Pradhan, Firstpost writer and former India cricketer:

    Bangladesh's decision to bowl first was understandable, considereing that their batting is their weaker suit. But they were greeted by a flurry of boundaries, with India racing to a good start in the power play.

    Mithali Raj took advantage of a few short balls from veteran offie Salma Khatun, and Vanita was happy to hit over the infield whenever the ball was slightly full. 
     
    The openers had hit eight boundaries in the first five overs, and India are cruising.

  • 15:51 (IST)

    After 5 overs, India 43/0 (Mithali 21, Vanitha 23)

    Now local girl Vanitha gets into the act! Two 4s in the fourth over, one a brilliant straight drive, followed by a powerful punch off the backfoot. Mithali continues to find the boundaries on the offside too.

    Super start for India this.  

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    After 2 overs India 16/0 (Mithali 12, Vanitha 4)

    Back to back fours for Mithali Raj in the 2nd over. India off to a good start. Bangladesh starting with pace-spin combo.

  • 15:34 (IST)

    Alright, it's time. #WWT20 is here! Mithali on strike. Play!

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    Bangaldesh win toss, elect to bowl 

    Bangladesh captain Jahanara Alam has chosen to bowl first against India in the opening match of the Women's World T20. 

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    Before the Super 10s begin, here's a look at the Women's World T20 which will begin today

    If there is one prediction that can be safely made, Women's World T20 is wide open. No one are favourites coming in to the tournament, with even the biggest names having suffered some losses in the recent past.

    http://www.firstpost.com

Bengaluru: A maiden overseas series victory in Australia, a home series win against Sri Lanka, a week-long camp at National Cricket Academy and two warm-up matches have put the Indian women's cricket team in good stead to open their T20 world cup campaign on Tuesday with a contest against Bangladesh.

The team led by Mithali Raj aims to do better than the previous two world cups in which it could not cross the group stage.

Indian Women's Cricket team practice ahead of World T20. PTI

Indian Women's Cricket team practice ahead of World T20. PTI

Heading into the tournament, India won 10 of its previous 13 T20 matches. Against Bangladesh - the opponent on Tuesday, India won all the previous seven T20 matches and is hoping to continue the winning streak in the eighth fixture as well.

In the 2014 World Twenty20, India defeated Bangladesh by 79 runs with Harmanpreet Kaur scoring a 59-ball 77.

Meanwhile, starting from October 2012, Bangladesh lost 18 of its last 20 matches in the shortest form of cricket except for the wins against Sri Lanka and Ireland.

Indian captain Raj is one of the 13 players to have scored 1,000 plus runs in T20 format and since the 2014 World T20 edition. she has scored 183 runs while Kaur lapped up 164 runs.

Emerging from an injury, India's top wicket taker in T20s with 44 wickets, Jhulan Goswami will have a major role to play.

Other than Goswami, Ekta Bist and Anuja Patil also have to shoulder the bowling department responsibility.

Lead by Jahanara Alam, Bangladesh is in high spirits with a warm up match triumph against Ireland.

IANS