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BAN-W v IND-W 1st T20I | Harmanpreet's Unbeaten 54 Guides India To A Comfortable 7-Wicket Win

image-ljvcaeguHarmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana [Image- Twitter]

Brief Scores: Bangladesh Women 114/5 in 20 overs- Shorna Akter 28* (28), Shathi Rani 22 (26); Pooja Vastrakar 1/16 (4), Deepti Sharma 0/14 (4) LOST to India Women 118/3 in 16.2 overs- Harmanpreet Kaur 54* (35), Smriti Mandhana 38 (34); Sultana Khatun 2/25 (4) by 7 wickets

An unbeaten 35-ball 54* from skipper Harmanpreet Kaur guided India Women to a comfortable 7-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the 1st T20I in Dhaka on Sunday (July 09).

Having been set a target of 118, the Women in Blue got off to a disastrous start as they lost swashbuckling opener Shafali Varma (0 off 3) and Jemimah Rodrigues (11 off 14) at the score of 21 in the powerplay.

However, as is always the case, stylish opener and vice-captain Smriti Mandhana and skipper Harmanpreet proceeded to take stock of the situation.

The champion duo proceeded to add 70 runs in just under 10 overs, with Smriti scoring a 34-ball 38 with the help of 5 fours.

Mandhana was eventually dismissed by Sultana Khatun, but it did not matter in the larger scheme of things as Kaur en-route to yet another half-century, ensured that she and Yastika Bhatia (9* off 12) took India Women past the finishing line in the 17th over.

Earlier, Bangladesh Women huffed and puffed their way to 114/5 in their quota of 20 overs against a very disciplined Indian attack-led by Pooja Vastrakar.

The right-arm seamer conceded just 16 runs in 4 overs besides claiming the wicket of opener Shathi Rani (22 off 26) while also assisting in the run-out of Ritu Moni (11 off 13).

Apart from Vastrakar, off-spinner Deepti Sharma was miserly as usual, conceding just 14 runs in 4 wicketless overs.

Shorna Akter was the pick of the Bangladeshi batters as she stroked a run-a-ball unbeaten 28* with the help of 2 sixes, but the lack of support from the other end meant that the home side could only post 114, which India chased down with ease.

The 2nd T20I will take place at the same venue on July 11.