BAN vs IND: Bangladesh scooped their first ICC Women’s ODI Championship 2022-25 match and handed India their first defeat in a low-scoring rain-affected combat in Dhaka, successfully defending 152. They had the 18-year-old Marufa Akter to be grateful to for the 40-run victory, as the bowler made her ODI debut with a 4 for 29 and was picked as Player of the Match.
Clinching the T20I series against Bangladesh, India was all set to move into the 50-over format after around 10 months. India won the toss for the 1st ODI and opted to bowl first. Pooja Vastrakar was handed over with the new ball to kick the attack off. Sharmin Akhter and Murshida Khatun were also, on the other hand, on the crease to commence the innings.
The first two overs only brought 3 runs on the board for Bangladesh until Khatun drove down the cover for a boundary in the third over. After a maiden fourth over, Khatun again came up with a boundary in the fifth over. The sixth and seventh over went maiden again and the Bangladesh innings saw Akhter’s run out at a mere golden duck in the eighth over followed by Khatun’s dismissal in the ninth over that summarized the powerplay at just 14 at the loss of 2.
Nigar Sultana and Fargana Hoque were fresh on the crease and a sense of relief ran through their veins with the former’s boundary in the eleventh over. Both of them tried to pull the innings up as they both were able to sweep a couple of boundaries each before the downpours brought the covers on the ground that marked the end of the fifteenth over at a score of 40. It was now cut short to a 44-over match.
Post the break, Hoque finally had to leave for the pavilion in the 21st over after conceding a couple of boundaries more. Ritu Moni, the new down, was the next dismissal that Bangladesh witnessed although she tried to contribute a few singles and a boundary. Nigar, on the other hand, was trying her best to keep adding mass to the scoreboard and her next four came round in the 28th over before finally getting succumbed to Harmanpreet Kaur’s breakthrough delivery in the 31st over.
Nahida Akter and Rabeya Khan too got dismissed in the successive overs of 34th and 35th over. Sultana Khatun was the next one in the queue to be bowled by Devika Vaidya in the 40th over after hitting two boundaries and a few singles and a couple of doubles. The Bangladesh innings finally came to an end with Marufa Akter’s boundary in the 42nd over followed by her run out on the last ball of the next over.
A target of 153 was just another hit for a strong Indian line-up and not a very tall ask. Smriti Mandhana and Priya Punia walked down the ground to start the chase and Mandhana bolstered the innings with a boundary on the very second ball of the first over by Marufa Akter and a second from Mandhana’s bat in the third over, but she had to depart quickly in the same over at just 11 off 12.
Punia and the first down Yastika Bhatia didn’t shiver much with the early loss, instead, they went on to scrap Sultana Khatun and Marufa Akter for a boundary each. The scoreboard was walking slow but steady with Punia and Bhatia, but the former has to depart early too on the first ball of the ninth over. And the next shocker was the skipper Kaur’s dismissal on the last ball of the final over of the powerplay that pushed the Indian dugout somewhat at the backseat.
The scenario seemed to doom stronger for India as Bhatia was bowled out in the thirteenth over after continuous dot-ball pressure. Deepti Sharma and Jemimah Rodrigues, the fresh downs on the crease, were trying to keep the chase low and slow with just a minor rotation of the strike but the pressure gulped Rodrigues’ wicket too in the seventeenth over. But post this wicket there came a halt in the incessant fall of wickets.
Sharma and Amanjot Kaur held the scoreboard stable with continuous singles and doubles which showed a promising rotation of strikes between both of them and an excellent show of cricket that saw the steers poised amidst the torment that went significantly bad for the Indian side. But the long-standing feud could only last till Kaur’s final boundary on the fourth ball of the 29th over which was followed by her dismissal on the very next ball. And this saw the torrent of two more wickets in the name of Sneh Rana at a golden duck and Deepti Sharma (20 off 40).
Things seem to close early for India with this swift drainage of the incessant downfall of the Indian side. The innings could only see a couple of singles before Vastrakar left for the dugout at 7 in the 35th over, one last boundary from the bat of Vaidya followed by Bareddy Anusha run-out that finally brought the shutters down for India at just 113 and awarding Bangladesh their historic first win against India in ODIs.
BAN vs IND: Brief Scores
Australia 282-7 in 50 overs (Ellyse Perry 91, Annabel Sutherland 50, Sophie Ecclestone (3-40) beat England 279-7 in 50 overs (Nat Sciver-Brunt 111*, Tammy Beaumont 60, Alana King 3-44) by 3 runs.