India started well until Marufa got rid of Smriti Mandhana and Priya Punia to stop the chase. Left-arm spinner Nahida Akter trapped Harmanpreet and left India at 37/3 after 10 overs. Rabeya stepped in, dismissing Jastika Bhatia and Jemima Rodrigues.
Deepti Sharma and Amanjot then stabilized the situation and revived India’s hopes, but from 91/5 they slipped to 91/8 as both setters as well as Sneh Rana were quickly run out. Pooja Vastrakar and B Anusha then departed and the Bangladeshis started celebrating.
Amanjot provided the spark
Amanjot had earlier made 4/31, giving India the lead. She got her first ODI wicket when opener Murshida Khatun miscued her shot, hitting Harmanpreet at mid-off. At that point, the hosts were leading 14-2 in the eighth minute. After the 21st over, they were leading 63-3.
Though veteran Fargana Hoque (27) and captain Nigar Sultana tried to put the team ahead, the former became Amanjot’s second victim in the 21st over when she was caught behind. Sultana fell into Amanjot’s trap and wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as the Bangladeshi team fell short of their target of 44 ounces. Shorna Akter, who made her debut in the ODI match, missed the entire game due to stomach pains. She was rushed to the hospital even before the game started and missed the entire second innings as she was under observation.
India captain Harmanpreet was naturally