Women’s World Cup: Sneh Rana clashes with Pooja Vastrakar.© Instagram
Sneh Rana’s all-round heroics and a beautiful half-century of Yastika Bhatia secured a 110-run victory for India against Bangladesh on Tuesday in the ongoing Women’s World Cup at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Rana, who played a handy cameo of 27, also picked up a four-for. The all-rounder was also pretty lively in the field. But, in an incident that took place in the 37th over of the Bangladesh innings, she could have seriously injured herself as teammate Pooja Vastrakar when the two collided while trying to catch one.
Rana had picked up a flying delivery, and Nahida Akter tried to go for a big hit. However, the batsman hit on top and Rana ran back to complete a nice catch.
However that did not end in goal thanks to the magnificent intervention of Pooja Vastrakar, who managed to clear the ball to corner with the tip of his fingers.
After being put in the bat, India started well with Smriti Mandhana (30) and Shafali Verma (42) adding 74 points for the first wicket.
India, however, lost three wickets in the space of five deliveries, and had to rebuild their innings.
Bhatia still played a match-winning beat, while Richa Ghosh, Vastrakar, Rana all contributed to the order to take India on a total of 229 for seven.
In response, Bangladesh continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and was eventually ruled out for a shame of 119.
India, with three wins from six matches so far, are third in the points table, behind Australia and South Africa respectively.
India come next against the proteas and a win will guarantee them a place in the semi-finals.
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