Openers Set India On Course For Emphatic Win
India Women 143-3 (Raut 75) beat
Bangladesh Women 94-7 by 49 runs
First Twenty20 International, Vadodara
India Women fell one run short of equalling their national record score before beating Bangladesh Women by 49 runs in the first Twenty20 International in Vadodara.
Their score of 143 for three was more than enough as they held Bangladesh to 94 for seven in their 20 overs.
Batting first, India's openers Poonam Raut and Thirush Kamini blasted their way to half-centuries, Raut making 75 in 78 balls and Kamini 56 in 72 before both were dismissed by Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun.
Khatun also went on to remove new India captain Harmanpreet Kaur for three to end with figures of three for 12 in her four overs.
Both Raut and Kaur were stumped while Kamini was bowled.
Khatun then played a lone hand with the bat as Bangladesh struggled in reply. A wicket apiece for Nagarajan Niranjana, Ekta Bisht, Shubh Lakshmi Sharma, Ritu Druv, Archana Das and Mona Meshram left Bangladesh's chances in tatters.
However, Khatun stood firm and finished unbeaten on 49 in 52 balls, but with only opener Shahanaz Parvin (13) also making double figures, India were never seriously headed.
The second of three matches is in two days.
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