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Nw: Yastika Bhatia fifty, Sneh Rana, Pooja Vastrakar unhurried cameos pick India to 229

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Pooja Vastrakar, too, continues to galvanize as India narrative their third take after beating Bangladesh by 110 runs

  • Annesha Ghosh

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Sneh Rana got right here up with critical contributions with bat and ball  Getty Photos

India Women folks 229 for 7 (Bhatia 50, Verma 42, Moni 3-37, Akter 2-42) beat Bangladesh Women folks 119 (Khatun 32, Rana 4-30, Vastrakar 2-26) by 110 runs

India kept their semi-closing hopes alive by routing Bangladesh in Hamilton. Content up by half-centurion Yastika Bhatia in conjunction with Sneh Rana and Pooja Vastrakar‘s all-spherical exploits, India’s 110-plod victory at Seddon Park lifted them to the third hassle on the table. The take also boosted their accept plod-rate vastly, and pushed debutants Bangladesh further in direction of league-stage elimination.

Ten of India’s 12 defeats batting first since 2021 had advance on the drag heading into this World Cup. That they are going so as to add to the victories in that tally no matter opting to set up a goal on Tuesday turned into down in phase to Player of the Match Bhatia’s gritty half-century and cameos from Vastrakar and Rana which rescued them from 108 for 4 to 229 for 7. Rana’s four-for and Vastrakar’s two wickets then broke the again of Bangladesh’s scuttle, complemented beautifully by Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s 10-4-15-1.

On a turner, the Bangladeshi attack appeared resolute from the salvage-lumber. Ritu Moni and Nahida Akter, who shared 5 wickets between them, precipitated India’s scoot from 74 for 0 to 108 for 4. This made it worthy for India to stage a greater counterattack with the bat.

Bangladesh opened with crawl and tempo and kept India’s openers on a leash on the open. Smriti Mandhana struggled in opposition to offspinner Salma Khatun but carted medium pacer Jahanara Alam for 2 successive fours in the 2d over. Shafali Verma scratched her formulation to a 12-ball 4 but shifted gears when left-arm spinner Akter’s turned into offered.

Verma deposited Akter in the arc between deep midwicket and prolonged-on for a six and a four in her 12-plod opening over earlier than crunching three imperious fours in opposition to Alam to form the powerplay at 52 for 0. By the 16th over, despite the very fact that, Bangladesh had broken thru the 74-plod opening stand, eradicated each openers and even had India’s No. 4, Mithali Raj sent again for a golden duck – all in the residence of 5 balls.

Akter had Mandhana lose adjust of a pull that chanced on Fargana Hoque at backward sq. leg. Three balls later, Verma’s inability to adjust her bat tempo in opposition to Moni’s substitute of tempo had her stumped for a plod-a-ball 42. Then, Raj lobbed a fleshy ball to cloak rapidly after drinks as India slumped to 74 for 3. They were now confronted with a herculean rebuild.

India scored simplest 28 for 3 in the 2d block of 10 overs, with No. 3 Bhatia being more relaxed rotating the strike than Harmanpreet Kaur. India reached 100 in 25 overs, but four successive boundary-less overs brought about Harmanpreet to strive a volatile single that ended in her being plod out, thanks to a swift design end-up and divulge hit from Hoque at mid-on.

Bhatia and Richa Ghosh, each relatively inexperienced, then wrested a semblance of adjust with a 54-plod stand. Bhatia resorted to the sweep in total to favor singles and boundaries, while Ghosh, who made 26 off 36, relied totally on the cleave. Playing the shot no matter the shortcoming of width one time too many, despite the very fact that, fee Ghosh her wicket.

India were 165 for 5 entering the closing 10 overs. Bhatia persevered for 80-ball fifty but turned into tied up by Moni’s ingenuity when she took the tempo off the ball again The tip consequence: Akter, who accomplished with 2 for 42 after conceding 17 off her first two overs, took a straightforward discover at brief-gorgeous leg and Moni had her maiden ODI three-for.

Vastrakar and Rana together then added 48 to India’s tally, with Vastarkar mentioning India’s 200 with a flamboyant four into deep further cloak. She accomplished unbeaten on 30 while Rana, ingenious in accessing the reverse ‘V’ right thru her 23-ball knock, made a at hand 27.

Bangladesh’s inexperience in opposition to high-drawer oppositions in ODIs confirmed in their formulation to the scuttle. They scraped to 19 for 2 in the powerplay, the lowest in this World Cup, as India began to tighten the screws spherical them. Aided by a grand-improved fielding performance than their slipshod time out two nights ago in opposition to Australia, India’s 5-pronged attack kept chipping away on the Bangladeshi line-up, all their bowlers as a minimum picking up one wicket apiece.

At no point did Bangladesh seem to realistically challenge the Indian attack. Nonetheless, Murshida Khatun, who struck Bangladesh’s first six in ODI World Cup historic past, off Jhulan Goswami, and old Salma Khatun oozed numerous spunk. No. 7 Khatun, the previous captain, struck a 35-ball 32 that anchored a 40-plod sixth-wicket stand with Lata Mondal.

No. 11 Jahanara Alam eked out a plod-a-ball 11 earlier than Goswami yorked her. Bangladesh were bowled out for the lowest total of this World Cup up to now and India had their third take of the match, with a must-take in opposition to South Africa organising on Sunday.

Annesha Ghosh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @ghosh_annesha


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