Womens Asia Cup 2018 Match Highlights:
- Bangladesh won by 7 wickets
- They chased down 142 with 2 balls left
- This was India’s first loss
After overcoming Thailand and Malaysia comprehensively, tournament favourites India suffered their first loss after they shockingly went down against Bangladesh. The Womens Asia Cup 2018 saw its first upset take place after Bangladesh defeated the mighty Indians. This was India’s first loss against Bangladesh in any format. The shock was even more surprising in nature given India’s dominance over their neighbours in the shortest format of the game; they were on a 10 match unbeaten streak against Bangladesh prior to this defeat.
It was India’s casualness and complacency that cost them the match. After trouncing their last two opponents in style, the Indian team failed to realise that on their day Bangladesh can defeat anyone. And this resulted in their downfall after a below average batting performance saw the register only 141-7. The bowlers failed to provide any kind of support too as India failed to defend the target with Bangladesh strolling to victory by 7 wickets in 19.4 overs.
Batting first only skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (42 off 37 balls) made a significant contribution. Along with Deepti Sharma (32 off 28 balls), the skipper strung together the only decent stand of the innings which saw the duo notch up 50 runs together. The only survivors of an otherwise pale innings were dismissed in quick succession to all but draw the curtains on India’s challenge to launch a good total. The last four overs saw Indian crawl to a petty 22 runs which not only half ended their hopes of winning the tie but also brought the morale of the team down going into the second innings. Leg-spinner Rumana was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers as she picked up three, removing Harmanpreet, Deepti and Anuja Patil.
Bangladesh were in a spot of bother at 49-3 after 8 overs before Fargana and Rumana took control of the chase. They launched an assault on India’s bowlers to shift the pressure away from themselves and end up winning the match for their team by 7 wickets.
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