Kaur Dazzles As India Wrap Up Series
India Women 256-6 (Kaur 103, Raut 80) beat
Bangladesh Women 210-9 (Bisht 3-34) by 46 runs
Second One-Day International, Ahmedabad
Stand-in India Women captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s second ODI century gave her side an unassailable two-nil lead in the three-match series against Bangladesh Women. Kaur hit 103 off only 100 balls and added 109 with Poonam Raut for the third-wicket as India posted an impressive 256 for six from their 50 overs to win the second match in Ahmedabad.
Rumana Ahmed did her best for Bangladesh in the run chase, hitting a career-best 75, but Ekta Bisht took three wickets as the visitors ended up comfortably short on 210 for nine.
India had started cautiously upon winning the toss and electing to bat. They lost Thirush Kamini in the ninth over to Jahanara Alam for 18 and Smriti Mandhana in the 20th to Bangladesh skipper Salman Khatun for 25. At that point they had scored just 75.
However, Raut and Kaur batted for 21 overs and added 109 to both increase the scoring rate and lay the foundations for Kaur’s late onslaught. Following Raut’s departure to Alam for 80 off 104 balls, Kaur proceeded to dominate a fourth-wicket stand of 52 with Anagha Deshpande. The pair were together for less than six overs, with Deshpande contributing just seven of them. She was bowled by Rumana Ahmed in the 47th over, with Kaur’s magnificent knock coming to an end five balls later.
Bangladesh also started their innings cautiously, reaching 66 at the fall of the second wicket, also in the 20th over. Rumana Ahmed and Lata Mondal increased the rate of scoring as Kaur and Raut had done. They added 76 in exactly 15 overs prior to Rumana becoming the second of Bisht’s three victims. From then on, Bangladesh were not able to sustain their challenge and lost regular wickets as the required run rate climbed.
Skipper Salma Khatun entertained briefly with a 39-ball 35, but the tail folded, with Kaur following up her earlier century with a couple of wickets. She ended with two for 30 from six overs, with Bisht getting through her full quota and returning figures of three for 34.
The third and final ODI is on Friday, again in Ahmedabad, with India aiming for a six-nil clean sweep of the limited-overs internationals.
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