The Telegraph
Monday , March 31 , 2014
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Indian women taste victory

Sylhet: Harmanpreet Kaur smashed a strokeful 77 and Indian bowlers produced a clinical display to crush Bangladesh by 79 runs in their group league match, to record their first win, in the Women’s World Twenty20 match here on Sunday.

Electing to bat, India posted a challenging 151 for five in their allotted 20 overs, thanks to Harmanpreet’s 59-ball knock which she made with the help of 12 boundaries and a six, while captain Mithali Raj chipped in with 41 at Sylhet Stadium.

Indian bowlers then restricted Bangladesh to 72 for eight with pacer Jhulan Goswami and Shubhlakshmi Sharma grabbing three wickets each. Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav took two wickets to help India score a comprehensive win.

Despite the win, India, with two points from three matches, have little chance of progressing to the semi final.

The Bangladesh run chase never got going as they struggled to cope with the Indian bowling attack.

Their biggest partnership was the opening stand of 22 between Ayasha Rahman (10) and Fargana Hoque (15). Captain Salma Khatun top-scored with 19.

Veteran Jhulan and Poonam rocked the Bangladesh top order before Shubhlakshmi took care of the hosts’ lower order.