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Bangladesh sees Clinical India beginning to a winning start.

Bangladesh sees Clinical India beginning to a winning start.

India’s tour of Bangladesh began with a 44-run victory in the opening Twenty20 International at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, driven by a clinical all-around performance. After choosing to bat, the visitors scored 145 for 7, and they later held Bangladesh to 101 for 8.

After the visitors lost Smriti Mandhana early in the innings, Shafali Verma and Yastika Bhatia took the lead with a 43-run stand in 33 balls. Following Shafali’s dismissal for a brilliant 31 runs, Yastika and Harmanpreet Kaur combined to put up 45 runs for the third wicket, steadily pacing India. Despite having a solid foundation, both batsmen left the game in rapid succession and were unable to pick up speed in the final overs.

Rabeya Khan claimed three wickets, while Marufa Akter returned 2 for 13 in three overs. Akter produced yet another outstanding show with the ball. But the home team was unable to muster much of an offensive display at bat. Bangladesh struggled to recover from Renuka Singh’s early strikes, even though the Indians made multiple misfields. With a 48-ball 51, Nigar Sultana kept one end up but could find no takers.

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