India extends lead to 4-0 with yet another clinical performance

India extends lead to 4-0 with yet another clinical performance

In a rain-interrupted encounter against Bangladesh, India showcased another clinical performance, securing a 56-run victory in Sylhet on Monday (May 6) to stretch their lead to 4-0 in the five-match T20I series. With the game reduced to 14 overs due to the weather, India posted 122/6. Despite a valiant effort from Bangladesh, who faced a revised target of 125 (as per DLS), they managed only 68/7, succumbing once again to India’s dominance.

Debutant Habiba Islam Pinky, aged 14, made her debut for Bangladesh, though her impact was limited as she conceded 20 runs off her two overs without claiming a wicket. On the other hand, India introduced 33-year-old Asha Sobhana, who delivered a stellar performance with figures of 2-18 from her three overs.

Bangladesh showed early promise with Dilara Akter striking a couple of boundaries in the initial overs, but India swiftly tightened their grip, conceding only 21 runs in the powerplay and dismissing Murshida Khatun. The pressure mounted on the home team as India restricted their scoring options, resulting in an increased asking rate for Bangladesh.

India’s relentless pressure led to quick breakthroughs, with Deepti Sharma and Asha Sobhana picking crucial wickets. Bangladesh struggled to stabilize their innings, losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually finishing at 47/6 in the 11th over. Despite a brief resistance, they could only muster 21 more runs, highlighting the evident gap between the two teams.

Earlier, India’s innings saw an early setback with the dismissal of Shafali Verma in the second over. However, Dayalan Hemalatha provided impetus with a brisk 22 before rain halted play. Upon resumption, India capitalized on their strong start, propelled by contributions from Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur. A late flourish from Richa Ghosh and Harmanpreet Kaur propelled India past 120, a total that proved insurmountable for Bangladesh.

In summary, India’s all-round performance, backed by solid contributions from both bat and ball, secured a comprehensive victory and further asserted their dominance in the series.

Brief scores: India 122/6 in 14 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 39, Richa Ghosh 24; Marufa Akter 2-24) beat Bangladesh 68/7 in 14 overs (Dilara Akter 21; Deepti Sharma 2-13, Asha Sobhana 2-18) by 56 runs (DLS method).

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