Hamilton, March 22 Yastika Bhatia’s fierce half-century and Sneh Rana’s all-round performances drove India to a dominant 110-run victory over Bangladesh and kept them on the hunt for a semi-final place at the ICC Women’s World Cup, on Tuesday. Opting for bat, India recovered from a collapse in the middle of the inning to place a modest 229 for seven, rode on a responsible 80-ball 50 by Bhatia and a late bloom from Rana (27) and Pooja Vastrakar (30 ). Defending the total, the spinners, led by Rana (4/30), controlled the procedures when hitting at regular intervals.
India beat Bangladesh 119 in 40.3 overs to record their third victory of the tournament. The big win helped India further improve their Net-Run Rate (0.768).
The team led by Mithali Raj will record it on Sunday in the last league match against South Africa. For that match, when the second-placed Proteas defeat West Indies on Thursday, India’s semi-finals will be better.
India’s decision to take on senior spinner Poonam Yadav (1/25) in place of pacer Meghna Singh paid dividends. With spinners operating from both ends on a slow track, Bangladesh found the run-score difficult.
India limited Bangladesh to 69/5 after 25 overs.
Lata Mondal (24) and Salma Khatun (32) provided some resistance with a 40-run partnership that was broken by Jhulan Goswami when they fired the latter, while Vastrakar defended the former a few overs later.
The tempo duo of Goswami (2/19) and Vastrakar (2/26) shared four wickets between them while the spinners accounted for the rest.
Earlier, Smriti Mandhana (30) and Shafali Verma (42) shared 74 runs for the opening wicket, but Ritu Moni (3/37) and Nahida Akter (2/42) shared five wickets between them to reduce India from 74 without losing to 108. for 4 in one stage.
Mandhana eventually struck straight to Fargana Hoque from Akter, while Moni struck twice in two balls in the following overs to leave India at 74 for 3 in 15.4 overs.
While Verma was stunned by Nigar Sultana, skipper Mithali Raj (0) was out for a first ball duck as India lost three wickets in quick succession.
Fice captain Harmanpreet Kaur (14) then joined Bhatia when the two tried to recapture the innings, but the duo scored just 34 runs in 70 balls before a direct throw from Hoque caught the previous lack of their creak.
Bhatia (50 out of 80) and Richa Ghosh (26) then added 54 runs to bring India past the 150-run score.
The duo played at a good pace with Ghosh beating Lata Mondal (0/20) for consecutive fours in the 30th over.
However, Akter brought Bangladesh back into the game when she pulled Ghosh back while trying to cut a ball that was too close to her body.
After completing her fifties, Bhatia came to perish in the next ball while trying for a paddle, only to be caught by a short fine.
Vastrakar (30) and Rana (27) then came together at 180 for 6 at the end of the 44th to add 48 off 38 balls, taking India past the 200 runs. With the two strong, the last 10 over yielded 64 points.
Short scores: India: 229 for 7 in 50 overs (Yastika Bhatia 50, Shafali Verma 42; Nahida Akter 2/42, Ritu Moni 3/37).
Bangladesh: 119 all out in 40.3 over (Salma Khatun 32, Lata Monday 24; Sneh Rana 4/30).
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