Kaur, Raj Set Up Comprehensive Win

Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj scored 41 to help India beat Bangladesh
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India Women 151-4 (Kaur 77, Raj 41) beat
Bangladesh Women 72-8 by 79 runs
ICC Women's World T20 2014 Group B, Sylhet

Openers Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj set up a 79-run win for India Women over Bangladesh Women to keep their slim chances of reaching the ICC Women's World Twenty20 semi-finals alive.

They will still need other results in Group B to go their way but they did all they could by dominating the tournament hosts.

Kaur made 77 and Raj 41 as India posted 151 for five, their opening stand worth 107 in 14.3 overs.

Bangladesh, as they have done throughout the tournament, struggled with the bat, and managed just 72 for eight in reply.

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Kaur struck 77 in 59 balls with 12 fours and a six while Raj made 41 in 38 deliveries with five fours and the pair of them scored more runs together than Bangladesh would manage in total.

Jhulan Goswami (2), Soniya Dabir (8) and Shubhlakshmi Sharma (1) then fell cheaply as India shuffled their batting line-up to try to get as many runs on the board as possible.

Rumana Ahmed (2-33), Salma Khatun (1-11), Jahanara Alam (1-29) and Khadija Tul Kubra (1-29) profited as India threw caution to the wind.

Poonam Raut ended unbeaten on 13 in six balls and Archana Das made two in as many deliveries as India reached a new highest score in Twenty20 Internationals.

A number of Bangladeshis then made starts but they crawled along at well less than a run per ball, India's bowlers quickly assuming control.

Ayasha Rahman (10), Farqana Haque (15), Salma Khatun (19) and Lata Mondal (10) made double figures, but only Salma, who faced 18 balls, made their runs at a decent rate.

Goswami (3-11), Sharma (3-12) and Poonam Yadav (2-10) picked up the wickets to keep India in the tournament.

However, if they are to progress to the semi-finals they will need Sri Lanka to beat England in the later game and then for Bangladesh to produce a huge upset and beat Sri Lanka in their final game, with India also beating the West Indies.

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Group A: Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa Group B: Bangladesh, England, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies Fixtures & Results
23rd March: Australia v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 128-8 (Perkins 31) beat
Australia Women 121 (Blackwell 31) by 7 runs
23rd March: Pakistan v South Africa
South Africa Women 163-0 (van Niekerk 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 119-9 (Kapp 3-16) by 44 runs
24th March: England v West Indies
West Indies Women 133-7 (Taylor 56) beat
England Women 124-9 (Dottin 4-12) by 9 runs
24th March: India v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Women 128-8 (Atapattu 43) beat
India Women 106-9 (Prabodhani 2-9) by 22 runs
25th March: Ireland v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 171-3 (Bates 68) beat
Ireland Women 129-4 (C Joyce 41no) by 41 runs
25th March: Australia v South Africa
Australia Women 116-4 (Perry 41no) beat
South Africa Women 115-9 by six wickets
26th March: Bangladesh v West Indies
West Indies Women 115 (Dottin 34) beat
Bangladesh Women 79 (Quintyne 3-5) by 36 runs
26th March: England v India
England Women 98-5 (Taylor 28) beat
India Women 95-9 (Raj 57) by five wickets
27th March: Australia v Ireland
Australia Women 191-4 (Lanning 126) beat
Ireland Women 113-7 (Perry 2-17) by 78 runs
27th March: New Zealand v Pakistan
New Zealand Women 167-3 (Bates 94no) beat
Pakistan Women 108-7 by 59 runs
28th March: Bangladesh v England
England Women 137-5 (Edwards 80) beat
Bangladesh Women 58-9 (Hazell 3-4) by 79 runs
28th March: Sri Lanka v West Indies
West Indies Women 87-2 (Taylor 56no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 84 (Daley 4-15) by 8 wickets
29th March: Ireland v South Africa
South Africa Women 165-5 (Lee 43) beat
Ireland Women 79 (Ismail 3-5) by 86 runs
29th March: Australia v Pakistan
Australia Women 185-2 (Villani 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 91-9 (Perry 3-12) by 94 runs
30th March: Bangladesh v India
India Women 151-4 (Kaur 77, Raj 41) beat
Bangladesh Women 72-8 by 79 runs
30th March: England v Sri Lanka
England Women 86-3 (Taylor 36) beat
Sri Lanka Women 85-9 by seven wickets
31st March: Ireland v Pakistan
Pakistan Women 119-6 (Bismah Maroof 48no) beat
Ireland Women 105 (A Iqbal 3-18) by 14 runs
31st March: New Zealand v South Africa
South Africa Women 116-5 (du Preez 51) beat
New Zealand Women 114-9 by 5 wickets
1st April: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Bangladesh Women 115-9 (R Ahmed 41) beat
Sri Lanka Women 112-9 by three runs
1st April: India v West Indies
India Women 121-1 (Raut 56, Raj 55no) beat
West Indies 117-7 (Dottin 57) by nine wickets
3rd April: Semi-Final
Australia Women 140-5 (Villani 35) beat
West Indies Women 132-4 by 8 runs
4th April: Semi-Final
England Women 102-1 (Taylor 44no) beat
South Africa Women 101 by nine wickets
6th April: Final - Australia v England
Australia Women 106-4 (Lanning 44) beat
England Women 105-8 (Coyte 3-16) by 6 wickets