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All-round India Thrash Bangladesh, Stay Alive in Semi-finals Race

An all-round India have stored their hopes of constructing it to the semi-finals of the continued ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 alive due to an enormous 110-run win over Bangladesh in Hamilton on Tuesday. Sneh Rana took 4 wickets as Indian bowlers put up a mixed show to bowl out Bangladesh for 110 after Yastika Bhatia’s well-crafted fifty helped them set a 230-run goal at Seddon Park.

With this win, India’s third of the competitors, they’ve climbed as much as the third spot within the standings with Australia sustaining their lead on the high adopted by South Africa on the second place.

Bangladesh by no means regarded within the hunt as India spinners stored chipping away on the wickets whereas stifling them. Boundaries had been onerous to return by as required run-rate stored climbing up leading to dangerous pictures and thus fall of wickets.

Also Read: IND-W vs BAN-W, ICC Women’s WC Highlights

Salma Khatun was their top-scorer with 32 off 25 whereas the subsequent greatest got here from Lata Mondal (24). The relaxation did not cross 19. Rana completed with 4/30 whereas Jhulan Goswami and Pooja Vastrakar took a few wickets every.

Earlier, India’s top-order batter Yastika scored a affected person fifty, whereas Rana and Vastrakar got here up with late-innings flurry because the Mithali Raj-led facet posted a decent 229/7. Thanks to Rana and Vastrakar’s cameos, India added 64 runs within the final 10 overs, setting Bangladesh a goal of 230. Yastika Bhatia was the star performer scoring her 50 off 80 balls. As wickets stored falling, she stitched two very important partnerships with Harmanpreet Kaur and Richa Ghosh to maintain the scoreboard ticking within the center overs.

On a gradual Seddon Park observe, the Bangladesh bowlers bowled brilliantly and stored choosing wickets at essential junctures to place the skids on India’s scoring.

Opting to bat first, Shafali Verma (42) and Smriti Mandhana (30) bought India off to a very good begin, with the duo placing on 74 for the opening wicket till catastrophe struck on the ultimate ball of the 15th over. Mandhana tamely hit Nahida Akter straight to Fargana Hoque after which Ritu Moni bought in on the act through the subsequent over to show the sport on its head shortly.

Shafali Verma tried to hit one out of the bottom and was stumped, earlier than skipper Mithali Raj hit her first ball straight to Fahima Khatun at cowl as India had been shortly decreased to 74/3.

Yastika Bhatia and Harmanpreet Kaur repaired the innings however it got here at the price of a run fee hunch — their 34-run partnership got here in 70 balls earlier than Hoque’s direct hit caught Harmanpreet wanting her crease.

India as soon as once more needed to rebuild their innings with Richa Ghosh becoming a member of Bhatia on the crease. The wicketkeeper-batter took the assault to the bowlers early on, smashing Lata Mondal for consecutive boundaries within the 30th over. The duo stored discovering the boundaries repeatedly however simply once they regarded set, Ghosh was caught behind making an attempt to chop a ball that was too near the physique.

Bhatia bought to her second fifty of the match however fell off the very subsequent ball making an attempt the paddle sweep. At 180/6 on the finish of 44th over, India wanted to complete nicely and Sneh Rana and Pooja Vastrakar did simply that. Their partnership of 48 in 38 balls propelled India to 229/7.

India, who shall be eager to cement their spot contained in the top-four with a victory, made one change to their taking part in XI with Poonam Yadav changing Meghna Singh.

Bangladesh made two modifications to their facet, with Murshida Khatun and Lata Mondal included for Shamima Sultana and Fariha Trisna.

With IANS Inputs

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