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India Falls to Bangladesh in spin trial

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India Falls to Bangladesh in spin trial

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In a historic upset, Bangladesh stunned India, ending their undefeated record in women’s cricket’s One-Day Internationals (ODIs) with a 40-run victory at Mirpur.

The Indian team, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, struggled against the pace and movement of Marufa Akter, who claimed 4/29, and leg-spinner Rabeya Khan, who took 3/30. The rain-affected match saw India’s target adjusted to 154 runs in 44 overs, but they were dismissed for a paltry 113 in just 35.5 overs.

Bangladesh’s batting woes were apparent earlier in the game as they managed to score only 152 runs before being bundled out in the 43rd over. Amanjot Kaur, who was making her debut for India, shone with her medium-paced bowling, capturing four wickets and putting her team in a commanding position. However, rain interruptions further complicated matters and led to a revised target for India.

Unfortunately, the adjusted goal proved to be too much for the Indian team to overcome. Marufa Akter swiftly dismantled India’s top order by dismissing Smriti Mandhana and Priya Punia, stifling India’s chase from the beginning. The pressure continued to mount as left-arm spinner Nahida Akter trapped Harmanpreet in front, further denting India’s hopes.

Bangladesh win the 1st ODI.#TeamIndia will look to bounce back in the next game.

Scorecard – https://t.co/qnZ6yqtRxy#BANvIND pic.twitter.com/DT38pOwVBM

— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 16, 2023

Rabeya Khan also made her presence felt, accounting for the dismissals of Yastika Bhatia and Jemima Rodrigues. Deepti Sharma and Amanjot Kaur offered a glimmer of hope as they stabilized India’s innings, but a sudden collapse from 91/5 to 91/8 shattered any chances of a recovery. The dismissals of both set batters, along with Sneh Rana, sealed India’s fate. The fall of Pooja Vastrakar and B Anusha triggered jubilant celebrations from the Bangladesh team.


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Amanjot Kaur’s performance

Amanjot Kaur’s outstanding performance with the ball earlier in the match had put India in a commanding position. She claimed her maiden ODI wicket by dismissing opener Murshida Khatun, leaving Bangladesh struggling at 14/2 in the eighth over. Despite Fargana Hoque’s valiant effort, scoring 27 runs, and the captain Nigar Sultana’s contribution, Amanjot struck again, removing Hoque in the 21st over. Amanjot’s bowling prowess also accounted for Sultana’s wicket. Bangladesh’s innings ended prematurely due to a stomach pain-induced absence of debutant Shorna Akter.

An impressive start to ODIs for Amanjot Kaur 🙌

She registers a 4️⃣-wicket haul on debut 👏🏻👏🏻

Bangladesh 142/8, with four overs remaining.

Live streaming 📺 https://t.co/uqKIFERSmS

Ball by ball updates – https://t.co/qnZ6yqupn6#BANvIND pic.twitter.com/bRdW1czUfR

— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 16, 2023

India’s captain, Harmanpreet Kaur, expressed her disappointment after the defeat, acknowledging the team’s collective failure in both batting and bowling. She stressed the importance of assuming responsibility and playing to their strengths. Despite their success in ODI cricket, Harmanpreet urged her team to reflect on their performance and regain confidence in their abilities.

Bangladesh achieved a historic victory over India in the thrilling ODI encounter, marking the first time India has tasted defeat against their neighbors in women’s cricket.


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