Indian team kept their semi-final hopes alive by routing Bangladesh in Hamilton in their recent match of the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup 2022. India won the match comfortably by 110 runs thanks to contributions from Yastika Bhatia, Sneh Rana, and Pooja Vastrakar.
India batted first after Mithali Raj won the toss on a slow turning pitch at Seddon Park and openers Smriti Mandhana (30) and Shafali Verma (42) gave India a stoic start of 74 runs in 15 overs. After they were dismissed, captain Mithali Raj also followed them for a golden duck.
It was all due to Yastika Bhatia’s gritty 50 in 80 balls as she held the innings together while Richa Ghosh (26), Pooja Vastrakar (30*), and Sneh Rana (27) accumulated runs at the other end, despite some wonderful bowling from Bangladesh. India made 229/7 in 50 overs.
Ritu Moni picked 3/37, while Nahida Akter picked 2/42 for Bangladesh.
In reply, Bangladeshi women lot wickets regularly and not one batter could anchor the innings. Salma Khatun top-scored with 32, while Lata Mondal made 24 and opener Murshida Khatun made 19.
For India, bowling was spot on as Sneh Rana picked 4/30, and Pooja Vastrakar and Jhulan Goswami picked two wickets each as India registered a 110-run win taking them to the third spot in the points table with 6 points to their name.
Yastika Bhatia was named the Player of the Match for her brilliant half-century.
India women will next face South Africa in their final World Cup encounter on Sunday, March 27 in Christchurch.
The cricket fraternity was all praiseful for the performance put in by the Indian women’s team and lauded them on Twitter.
Here are the tweets: