Bangladesh took an early lead on Sunday after beating India by 40 runs (DLS method) in the first ODI in Dhaka. The rain interrupted the play as the match turned into a 44 overs game. Bangladesh restricted India to 113 in 35.5 overs after scoring 152. Earlier, a four-wicket haul by debutant Amanjot Kaur helped India restrict Bangladesh to 152/9 in 43 overs, in the rain-curtailed first ODI match. For Bangladesh, skipper Nigar Sultana scored 39 while Hoque Fargana scored 27. Read the match report of the Bangladesh Women vs India Women match and share your thoughts in the comments.
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India Women skipper Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and decided to bowl first. Bangladesh had a slow and poor start as the debutant Amonjot Kaur dismissed Sharmin Akhter for a duck by running out. Fargana Hoque and the skipper Nigar Sultana constructed an important partnership before Amanjot dismissed Fargana for 27 runs. Nigar held her ground and tried to cop up against the Indian bowlers but from the other side, She didn't get any kind of support. After facing 64 bowls and scoring 39 runs, she lost his wicket to the Indian debutant. Sultana Khatun tried to counterattack by striking some boundaries but Devika Baidya hunted her to the end. Bangladesh could only manage to put up a total of 152 after 43 overs in the rain-curtailed first ODI match of the Bangladesh Women vs India Women series.
India also didn't get off to a brilliant start as they lost both of their openers under 8 overs. The Women in Blues didn't get any kind of momentum and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur, and the other batters of the middle order failed to get the better of the Bangladeshi bowlers. As a result, India's whole batting order was shattered to under 113 runs. They also faced the same kind of result in the second and third T20I. Marufa Akter did some heroics with the bowl as she picked 4 crucial wickets and it turned the game completely. Smriti Mandhana is still struggling with the bat and her issues are continuing from the inaugural WPL season. She has to make a comeback otherwise, the opener issue will keep growing for the Indian Women's team.
"No one of us took the responsibility to bat deep and let the team down plus in the bowling, we also gave 20 runs extra. The team is not batting up to the mark and that has cost us again. We need to learn from this performance and start rotating the strike more often," said Harmanpreet Kaur after the match.
The Bangladesh skipper appreciated the bowlers for this history-making victory. "We were 30-40 runs short but the lower order scored some crucial runs. We are also struggling with the bat as well. I am really happy with the win and that everybody chipped in and that's what saw the side through." said Nigar Sultana after the match.