CricketWomen’s Cricket: The Skipper led India to an easy win against Bangladesh in first T20
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The Indian Women’s cricket team returned to the field after 135 days and claimed an easy victory over Bangladesh in the T20 match.
This was the first game of the tour, and Bangladesh failed to put up much resistance in this, and India thrashed them by seven wickets and took the lead in the three-match series. Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur performed brilliantly by scoring an unbeaten half-century.


Bangladesh reached only 114 in 20 overs
The Indian side won the toss and chose to bowl, and this decision turned out great in their favor as they allowed the hosts to only reach 114 runs in 20 overs with a loss of 5 wickets. In response, India scored 118 runs in 16.2 overs with a loss of just three wickets.
Bangladesh’s top order batters, Shathi Rani, Shamima Sultana, and Sobhana Mostary, were the only ones who scored runs in the powerplay and led the team to the highest possible total. Pooja Vastrakar dismissed Rani at 22 runs, and then Debutante Off-break spinner Minnu Mani removed Sultana at 17. After this, part-time spinner Shafali Verma stumped Mostari in the 16th over.


Indian bowlers did an amazing job
Bangladesh’s inexperienced team could not take advantage of the good run rate and reached 100 runs in 17.5 overs. Coming to bat at No. 5, Shorna Akter scored 28 runs off 28 balls and took the team to 114. India’s left-arm spinner Bareddy gave 24 runs in her four overs without taking any wicket.
On the other hand, medium pacer Amanjot Kaur was also mediocre as she conceded 19 runs in two overs. Veteran spinner Deepti Sharma bowled well, giving only 14 runs in her four overs.


The indian skipper led the chase
India’s openers, Shafali Varma and Smriti Mandana looked to go after the bowlers while chasing, but Shafali got out for a duck on the third ball by Marufa Akter. After this, Mandana, along with Jemima Rodrigues, went ahead. The former was composed, but the latter looked in a hurry to finish the game. later, she was bowled out for 11 runs by Sultana Khatoon.
After this dismissal, Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur came to bat and built a 70-run partnership with Mandana. Bangladesh dropped a catch when  Kaur was on 22, and after this, she ensured to complete the chase. Mandana was dismissed for 38, and Kaur finished the match with an unbeaten 54 runs. The second t20 of the three match series will be played tomorrow.