India Pushed Hard By Bangladesh For Opening Win
India Women 196-5 (Kaur 63no) beat
Bangladesh Women 194-9 by 5 wickets
First One-Day International, Ahmedabad
Harmanpreet Kaur's unbeaten half-century led India Women to a five-wicket win over Bangladesh Women with four balls remaining in the first One-Day International in Ahmedabad.
Kaur, leading the side, was not out on 63 as India successfully overhauled Bangladesh's score of 194 for nine at the beginning of the final over.
They were pushed hard by Bangladesh, for whom their captain Salma Khatun top scored with 75 not out and Jahanara Alam picked up two wickets.
Khatun faced 92 balls and along with Lata Mondal (39) and Rumana Ahmed (38), helped the visitors put up a competitive total in just their ninth ODI appearance.
Ekta Bisht was the pick of India's bowlers with three for 27 while Shubhlaksmi Sharma returned two for 28.
India then lost opener Poonam Raut without scoring to Alam before Thirush Kamini and Mona Meshram made 23 and 22 respectively to get the innings moving.
Once they were dismissed, the key partnership between Kaur, who hit three fours in her 100-ball innings, and Anagha Deshpande, who made 47, saw India add 83 for the fourth wicket to put India in a strong position.
However, Deshpande was trapped in front by Alam and Swagatika Rath was run out for 17 to set up a tight finish, but Kaur, along with Nagarajan Niranjana, not out on 12, saw India home to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
The second game is on Wednesday 10th April.
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