IND vs BAN: India began their white-ball series against Bangladesh in the best possible fashion, with the bowlers restricting Bangladesh to a low score in the opening T20I before winning by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Bangladesh batted first after losing the toss and got off to a poor start, as Shathi Rani was bowled for 22 runs by Pooja Vastrakar and Shamima Sultana was dismissed for 17 runs. Shorna Akter scored the most runs for Bangladesh, with 28. Bangladesh, on the other hand, only achieved 114 points courtesy to the excellence of the Indian bowling attack.
The Indian middle-order responded wonderfully, with captain Harmanpreet Kaur striking a superb half-century (54 off 35 balls). Following the dramatic victory, Kaur praised the Indian bowling attack as well as Smriti Mandhana, who struck a stunning 38 in the run chase.
“It was a fantastic team effort. The bowlers, particularly the young females, bowled really well. I was curious to watch how they would bowl in the first six overs; I believe both of them recognised the situation quite quickly. Aside from them, Deepti bowled brilliantly as well. She has an experienced bowler, and she demonstrated that today,” Harmanpreet remarked after the game.
“[On Mandhana] She is always willing to give her all for the team, and she demonstrated that tonight as well. You don’t have to be concerned when you have hitters like Smriti and Shafali. We wanted to complete four-five overs early, and I’m glad we were able to do so,” she said.
After a flawless start to the T20I series, the Indian squad will be looking to replicate that success in the next games. Both teams will meet in the second game of the three-match series on July 11 at Dhaka’s Shere Bangla Stadium.
“It was a fantastic team effort. The bowlers bowled extremely well, especially the young ladies,” Harmanpreet remarked after India defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets in the first T20I in Dhaka.
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