Women’s Asia Cup T20: India suffer defeat to Bangladesh, first-ever in women’s cricket

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KUALA LUMPUR: Bangladesh took full advantage of a complacent India as they recorded a comfortable seven-wicket victory in the Women’s Asia Cup T20 competition in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
After two facile wins over Thailand and Malaysia, India put up a below-par batting performance, scoring 141 for seven in the stipulated 20 overs, which Bangladesh surpassed in 19.4 overs.
India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have all got four points from three games but the ‘Women In Blue’ are leading the standings with a net run-rate of +3.428.
Fargana Haque (52 no off 46 balls) and Rumana Ahmed (42 no off 34 balls) added 93 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket to guide the Bangladeshi women to one of their bigger victories in international cricket.
Rumana was the ‘Player of the Match’ for her all-round effort as she picked up 3 for 21 in 4 overs to engineer a middle-order slump when India batted.
It was the batting that let India down with only skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (42 off 37 balls) making a significant contribution. Along with Deepti Sharma (32 off 28 balls), the skipper added 50 runs for the fourth wicket, but it didn’t come at a fair clip. The duo consumed seven overs to score the runs.
Once both were dismissed in quick succession, the last four overs saw India scoring only 22 runs, which enabled Bangladesh to make a match of it.

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