Bangladesh Women skipper first decides to bat against India after winning the toss; changes her decision in no time
The Bangladesh skipper opted to bat first after winning the toss before overturning her decision.
Updated - Feb 24, 2020 5:28 pm
In their pursuit of registering successive victories, India Women locked horns with Bangladesh Women in Match 6 of the Women’s World Cup T20. The Men in Blue, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, already had exhibited glimpses of their potential in their campaign opener against defending champions Australia.
India Women–led by the bowling brilliance of Poonam Yadav– toppled the Kangaroo batting unit to register a 17-run victory. Bangladesh Women, on the other hand, will be aiming to etch an upset in their first game of the tournament by defeating crowd-favourites India.
It was anticipated to be an entertaining encounter, which was quite evident from the toss itself after Bangladesh Women skipper Salma Khatun fumbled while taking a decision after winning the toss. The Bangladesh skipper opted to bat first after winning the toss.
However, in no time, Khatun overturned her decision and stated that they would like to field first, leaving many fans in splits due to her indecisiveness. It was maybe the language which served as a barrier for the Bangladesh skipper, who was later joined by a translator for her interaction with the anchor. Considering their performance against India Women in the Asia Cup, Khatun seemed optimistic ahead of the start of the encounter.
India Women aiming to register a consecutive victory
Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, on the other hand, stated that they would have bated first if they had won the toss. However, India Women would be missing the services of Smriti Mandhana due to viral fever.
Coming on to the match, India Women– in the absence of Mandhana– proceeded to a flying start to the explosive knock of Shafali Verma. The 16-year-old prodigy smashed 39 in just 17 deliveries to ensure that the Women in Blue make full use of the PowerPlay.
She weaved her innings around 2 fours and 4 sixes as India registered a total of 54/2 in the first six overs. Considering the batting depth and bowling form of Harmanpreet Kaur and her troops, it will undoubtedly be an uphill task for Bangladesh Women to topple the Indian side.
In their warm-up game against Pakistan Women, Salma Khatun and Co. registered a five-run victory on the back of Murshida Khatun’s 43-run knock. Salma Khatun also scalped three wickets to steer Bangladesh Women to the victory.