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India Clinches 1st T20 Victory with a 7-Wicket Win as Harmanpreet Kaur Shines.

Harmanpreet Kaur’s brilliant knock of 54 runs propelled India to a convincing 7-wicket victory, giving them a 1-0 lead in the series. Bangladesh’s target of 115 runs seemed inadequate from the start. The hosts started strong with two wickets in the PowerPlay, dismissing Shafali Verma without scoring and Jemimah Rodrigues soon after. However, Smriti Mandhana and captain Harmanpreet Kaur stabilized the innings and got the chase back on track. Mandhana departed before reaching the target, but Kaur, showing her leadership, remained at the crease till the end. She not only completed her half-century but also guided her team to a comfortable win.

Harmanpreet Kaur Guides India to Convincing 7-Wicket Victory over Bangladesh in 1st T20.

After a hiatus of 135 days, the Indian cricket team made a triumphant return to the field, overpowering Bangladesh in a T20 match. The first encounter of the three-match series, held at Mirpur on Sunday, proved to be a walk in the park for the Indian side. With 22 balls to spare, India cruised to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory, leaving Bangladesh struggling to mount any substantial resistance.

Leading the charge in the pursuit, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur showcased her prowess with an unbeaten half-century. Opting to bowl first, India efficiently restricted the hosts to a modest total of 114/5 in their allotted 20 overs. The debutant spinners, Minnu Mani (off-break) and Bareddy Anusha (left-arm), played pivotal roles in India’s bowling display. Responding to the target, India reached 118/3 in just 16.2 overs.

Bangladesh’s top-order batters, Shathi Rani (22), Shamima Sultana (17), and Sobhana Mostary (23), contributed the most to their team’s score and took advantage of the powerplay to reach a respectable total. However, it was Mani, hailing from Wayanad, Kerala, who struck first by dismissing Sultana, while medium-pacer Pooja Vastrakar claimed the wicket of Rani. Captain Kaur relied on the part-time spin of Shafali Verma, who managed to stump Mostary in the 16th over.

Despite maintaining a decent run rate, the inexperienced Bangladesh team failed to capitalize on their early momentum and crawled to 100 runs in 17.5 overs. Shorna Akter, batting at No.5, provided a small boost with an unbeaten 28-ball 28, pushing her team’s total to 114. Left-arm spinner Bareddy, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, concluded her four overs with figures of 0-24. Medium-pacer Amanjot Kaur had an ordinary outing, conceding 19 runs in two overs. On the other hand, seasoned spinner Deepti Sharma bowled admirably, giving away only 14 runs in her allotted four overs.

In their chase, the Indian openers, Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana, wasted no time in taking on the Bangladeshi bowlers. However, Verma’s aggressive approach backfired as she was dismissed for a duck on just the third ball of the innings, bowled by Marufa Akter. Mandhana, accompanied by Jemimah Rodrigues, then settled into a rhythm. While Mandhana played with composure, Rodrigues was eager to finish the chase quickly but fell victim to spinner Sultana Khatun after scoring 11 runs.

At this point, Harmanpreet Kaur stepped onto the crease. Demonstrating their experience, the third-wicket duo built a strong partnership of 70 runs. Kaur had a stroke of luck when she was dropped on 22, and she capitalized on it by ensuring she saw the team through. Mandhana departed after contributing 38 runs off 34 balls, paving the way for Kaur to take charge and seal the victory. Kaur remained unbeaten on a remarkable 54 runs off 35 deliveries, including six boundaries and two sixes. Yastika Bhatia (9*) provided valuable support at the end as India secured the win.