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Nw: Yastika Bhatia, Sneh Rana protect India’s World Cup semi-final hopes alive

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Pooja Vastrakar, too, continues to provoke as India file their third exclaim after beating Bangladesh by 110 runs

  • Annesha Ghosh

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Sneh Rana got here up with a in point of fact mighty contributions with bat and ball  Getty Photos

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

India kept their semi-final hopes alive by routing Bangladesh in Hamilton. Build of dwelling up by half-centurion Yastika Bhatia alongside with Sneh Rana and Pooja Vastrakar‘s all-spherical exploits, India’s 110-bustle victory at Seddon Park lifted them to the third discipline on the desk. The exclaim additionally boosted their earn bustle-charge greatly, and pushed debutants Bangladesh additional in direction of league-stage elimination.

Ten of India’s 12 defeats batting first since 2021 had reach on the trip heading into this World Cup. That they would possibly perhaps presumably well add to the victories in that tally despite opting to discipline a goal on Tuesday became down in fragment to Participant 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 support of Bangladesh’s chase, complemented beautifully by Rajeshwari Gayakwad’s 10-4-15-1.

On a turner, the Bangladeshi attack looked resolute from the obtain-run. Ritu Moni and Nahida Akter, who shared five wickets between them, triggered India’s shuffle from 74 for 0 to 108 for 4. This made it complex for India to stage a bigger counterattack with the bat.

Bangladesh opened with traipse and gallop and kept India’s openers on a leash on the initiate. Smriti Mandhana struggled in opposition to offspinner Salma Khatun nonetheless carted medium pacer Jahanara Alam for two successive fours in the 2nd over. Shafali Verma scratched her procedure to a 12-ball 4 nonetheless shifted gears when left-arm spinner Akter’s became presented.

Verma deposited Akter in the arc between deep midwicket and long-on for a six and a four in her 12-bustle opening over earlier than crunching three imperious fours in opposition to Alam to abolish the powerplay at 52 for 0. By the 16th over, although, Bangladesh had damaged thru the 74-bustle opening stand, eradicated both openers and even had India’s No. 4, Mithali Raj sent support for a golden duck – all in the deliver of 5 balls.

Akter had Mandhana lose protect a watch on of a pull that chanced on Fargana Hoque at backward sq. leg. Three balls later, Verma’s inability to alter her bat gallop in opposition to Moni’s change of gallop had her stumped for a bustle-a-ball 42. Then, Raj lobbed a paunchy ball to quilt soon after drinks as India slumped to 74 for 3. They were now faced with a herculean rebuild.

India scored only 28 for 3 in the 2nd block of 10 overs, with No. 3 Bhatia being extra at ease rotating the strike than Harmanpreet Kaur. India reached 100 in 25 overs, nonetheless four successive boundary-much less overs triggered Harmanpreet to are attempting a dangerous single that ended in her being bustle out, thanks to a swift prefer-up and voice hit from Hoque at mid-on.

Bhatia and Richa Ghosh, both comparatively inexperienced, then wrested a semblance of protect a watch on with a 54-bustle stand. Bhatia resorted to the sweep in most cases to capture singles and bounds, whereas Ghosh, who made 26 off 36, relied primarily on the decrease. Taking part in the shot despite the lack of width one time too many, although, mark Ghosh her wicket.

India were 165 for five coming into the excellent 10 overs. Bhatia persevered for 80-ball fifty nonetheless became tied up by Moni’s ingenuity when she took the gallop off the ball all yet again The stop result: Akter, who accomplished with 2 for 42 after conceding 17 off her first two overs, took a straight forward recall at short-stunning leg and Moni had her maiden ODI three-for.

Vastrakar and Rana collectively then added 48 to India’s tally, with Vastarkar bringing up India’s 200 with a flamboyant four into deep extra quilt. She accomplished unbeaten on 30 whereas Rana, ingenious in accessing the reverse ‘V’ in the guts of her 23-ball knock, made a to hand 27.

Bangladesh’s inexperience in opposition to high-drawer oppositions in ODIs confirmed of their manner to the chase. They scraped to 19 for 2 in the powerplay, the lowest on this World Cup, as India started to tighten the screws spherical them. Aided by a extraordinary-improved fielding efficiency than their slipshod time out two nights ago in opposition to Australia, India’s five-pronged attack kept chipping away on the Bangladeshi line-up, all their bowlers at least picking up one wicket apiece.

At no level did Bangladesh seem to realistically difficulty the Indian attack. Nonetheless, Murshida Khatun, who struck Bangladesh’s first six in ODI World Cup history, off Jhulan Goswami, and ragged Salma Khatun oozed masses of spunk. No. 7 Khatun, the aged captain, struck a 35-ball 32 that anchored a 40-bustle sixth-wicket stand with Lata Mondal.

No. 11 Jahanara Alam eked out a bustle-a-ball 11 earlier than Goswami yorked her. Bangladesh were bowled out for the lowest total of this World Cup to this point and India had their third exclaim of the match, with a have to-exclaim in opposition to South Africa arising on Sunday.

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


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