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History as Bangladesh women win first ever ODI against India

The Tigresses created history Sunday, defeating India for the 1st time in an ODI

Update : 16 Jul 2023, 08:49 PM

Bangladesh national women's cricket team created history Sunday, defeating their Indian counterparts for the first time in a One Day International.

The Tigresses prevailed by 40-run margin (Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method) in the first match of the three-ODI series in Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

Chasing a revised target of 154, India were bundled out for 113 in 35.5 overs.

Pace bowler Marufa Akter drew first blood for Bangladesh when she removed opener Smriti Mandhana (11) in the last ball of the third over.

The right-arm seamer also took the wicket of the other opener Priya Punia (10) in the ninth over to keep the pressure on the tourists.

Nahida Akter bagged the crucial wicket of skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (five) as she was trapped in front.

The removal of two experienced batters like Mandhana and Harmanpreet within 10 overs gave Bangladesh all the momentum while defending the 154-run target.

Bangladesh spinners bowled tightly and notched wickets in crucial moments to increase the pressure on India's long batting order.

Deepti Sharma and Amanjot Kaur tried to build something for India and formed a 30-run partnership but Marufa did the trick for Bangladesh again in her second spell.

She picked up two wickets in two balls in the 29th over to swing the game towards Bangladesh's favor completely as India were reduced from 91/5 to 91/8 within quick succession.

Eventually India were bowled out for 113 and Bangladesh pulled off a memorable victory over a formidable opponent in the 50-over format.

Marufa was the best bowler for Bangladesh as she took four wickets conceding 29 runs in seven overs and later adjudged player of the match for her brilliant display. 

Leg-spinner Rabeya Khan also gave good support with the leather as she took three wickets leaking 30 runs.

Marufa's 4/29 is the best bowling figure for a Bangladeshi pacer in women's international cricket as the previous best was 4/35 by Lata Mondol against Pakistan in 2014.

Earlier, Bangladesh managed to score 152 losing all of their wickets in 43 overs after India elected to bowl first.

Skipper Nigar Sultana Joty was the top-scorer for the women in red and green with 39 while Fargana Hoque Pinky made 27.

The match was reduced to 44 overs per side due to rain and wet outfield.

Debutant Amanjot Kaur was the best bowler for India as the medium-pacer accounted for four wickets from her nine overs.

This ODI series is part of the International Cricket Council Women's Championship cycle and Bangladesh registered their first win in seven attempts.

With the win and two points, Bangladesh now have six points with four of their previous six games washed out.

India are leading the chart with 12 points from seven matches and the loss was their first in the Women's Championship cycle.

The second match of the three-ODI series will be played at the same venue Tuesday and Bangladesh have a glorious chance to seal a memorable series victory against India.

1ST ODI

Bangladesh women 152 in 43 overs (Nigar 39, Amanjot 4/31) beat India women 113 in 35.5 overs (Marufa 4/29, Rabeya 3/30) by 40 runs (DLS method)

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