India Women clinched the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh Women with a thrilling win in the second match in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Bangladesh spinners landed regular blows as India struggled to 95/8 in their 20 overs. Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma and Harmanpreet Kaur were the early wickets to fall, and India never recovered. For Bangladesh, Sultana Khatun took 3/21 from four overs.
Bangladesh Women made a steady start in their chase, reaching 43/1 in the Powerplay. However, they lost momentum after opener Shamima Sultana was run out for 22. Ritu Moni and Nigar Sultana put on a 34-run partnership, but they were both dismissed in quick succession.
With Bangladesh Women 77/4 in the 15th over, it looked like India would be able to defend their total. However, Nahida Akter and Fargana Hoque put on a 28-run partnership to take the game away from India.
In the end, Bangladesh Women needed 13 runs off the last over. Shafali Verma bowled the over and took three wickets, including the wicket of Fargana Hoque off the last ball, to give India a thrilling win by 8 runs.
- India’s 95 is their lowest total in T20Is against Bangladesh.
- Sultana Khatun’s 3 wickets are the best bowling figures by a Bangladesh bowler in T20Is against India.
- Nahida Akter’s 27 is her highest score in T20Is against India.
- Fargana Hoque’s 21 is her highest score in T20Is against India.
- Shafali Verma’s 3 wickets in the last over are the best bowling figures by an Indian bowler in T20Is against Bangladesh.
Overall, it was a good performance by Bangladesh Women, who almost pulled off a stunning win. However, India Women showed great character to win the match in the end.
- Bangladesh Women’s spinners were excellent, especially Sultana Khatun. They were able to restrict India to a low total, which made the chase relatively easy.
- Bangladesh Women’s batswomen also played well. Nahida Akter and Fargana Hoque put on a crucial partnership, and they were able to finish the chase with ease.
- India Women’s batting struggled again. They were unable to build any partnerships, and they were eventually bowled out for a low score.
- However, India Women’s bowlers showed great character to defend their total in the end. Shafali Verma’s 3 wickets in the last over were the difference between the two teams.