Harmanpreet Kaur’s fifty helps India to Bangladesh and take a 1-0 lead

Indian women produced a fine performance to complete a clinical 7-wicket win over Bangladesh women in the first of the three T20Is in Dhaka. India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur led from the front, scoring a brilliant unbeaten 54 and helping her side to chase down an average target of 115 with 3.4 overs to spare. These two teams will meet again on July 11 for the second T20I. Women in Blue will look to seal the series while Bangladesh would be eyeing to make a comeback.

Put into bat first, Shathi Rani Bormon and Shamima Sultana gave the hosts a decent start by adding 27 runs. Debutant Minnu Mani made the initial breakthrough by dismissing Sultana for 17. Bormon (22) and Sobhana Mostary looked to take Bangladesh on the right track by adding 25 runs. But Pooja Vastrakar broke the partnership by cleaning up Bormon.

Amanjot Kaur then did a brilliant job on the field to run out Nigar Sultana (2). Although Bangladesh women had wickets in their hands, they failed to score runs at a good pace. Mostary and Shorna Akter chipped in with 23 and 28* respectively, helping their side to reach 114/5 in 20 overs.

In reply, Marufa Akter stunned India by dismissing Shafali Verma for a duck in the very first over. Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues (11) looked to build the Indian innings but Sultana Khatun bowled out Rodrigues in the 4th over. However, Mandhana (38) and Harmanpreet stitched a fine 70-run partnership to keep India on the winning track and seal the match.