India v Bangladesh, Women's World T20, Group B, Bangalore March 15, 2016

India's record 163 too much for Bangladesh

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India Women 163 for 5 (Raj 42, Harmanpreet 40) beat Bangladesh Women 91 for 5 (Sultana 27*, Patil 2-16, Poonam 2-17) by 72 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mithali Raj top-scored for India with 42 off 35 balls © IDI/Getty Images

India Women had played more T20Is in the last three months than Bangladesh Women had managed to play across formats since their World T20 debut in 2014. The end result was a lopsided contest as Bangladesh's lack of experience on the big stage stood brutally exposed. A target of 164 became a gap too far to bridge as India won by 72 runs to get their campaign off to an emphatic start.

A 'no-holds barred' approach was the hallmark of India's batting effort as they blasted their way to 163 for 5, comfortably surpassing their previous T20I best of 151, also against Bangladesh at the 2014 edition. Mithali Raj and Vellaswamy Vanitha did the early running, Harmanpreet Kaur gave impetus in the middle, while Veda Krishnamurthy sustained the surge at the death. In comparison, only Nigar Sultana stood still amid the rubble for Bangladesh to make 27 not out in an otherwise disappointing batting show.

Where Raj was all grace and timing, her younger colleague Vanitha was pure muscle; her strength coming to the fore on the face of some slow, loopy spin as India raised their 50 in the sixth over. Bangladesh's plans of choking India with their plethora of slow options clearly didn't work. As the innings progressed, the absence of a Plan B allowed India to continue their jolly ride, with wickets hardly coming as a bother.

Vanitha raced away to 38, and a half-century loomed, but she was deceived in flight and bowled by Nahida Akter. Smriti Mandhana erred in judgment to fall soon after as she played all around one that spun back in. India, however, were still handily placed at 63 for 2 in the ninth over.

Bangladesh had some breathing space, but it was all too brief as Harmanpreet seamlessly switched gears. By then, Raj was in cruise-control and seemed intent on making Bangladesh pay for a reprieve on 28, until she lobbed a gentle chip shot to the cover fielder for 42.

Harmanpreet ensured, however, that the positivity of the innings wasn't lost. She either used her feet or shuffled across to play the pick-up shot against loopy bowling, hitting three fours and two sixes in her 29-ball 40. Once she fell, Krishnamurthy took over the baton as India blasted 66 off the last six overs.

Bangladesh started cautiously, but the dark clouds that hovered over the stadium perhaps made them edgy as they tried to bring out the big shots, only to tie themselves up in knots against Anuja Patil and Rajeshwari Gayakwad. At 22 for 1 in six overs, the chase was in need of some direction.

The growing pressure forced Sanjida Islam into playing an ungainly slog to midwicket to give India a firm foothold, from where they didn't look back. With little or no pressure to contend with, India also showed rare glimpses of their magic on the field, something they have not always been known for, as Bangladesh's innings meandered towards the close.

The hosts couldn't have asked for a better game first up to test all their systems before a pressure clash against Pakistan Women on March 19.

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Gaurang P. Wanivadekar on March 16, 2016, 12:31 GMT

    women won the match and only 9 comments

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 16, 2016, 5:11 GMT

    Well played girls. Mens or Womens team BD suffer defeats all the time.

  • TATTUs on March 16, 2016, 4:29 GMT

    Harmanpreet is a class player...Natural timing and talent. I have been fortunate enough to watch her batting for the past year or so.

  • Nampally on March 15, 2016, 18:55 GMT

    Indian Women once again showed their counterpart Men's Team "How to win WC T20 matches"! Firstly India has 3 world class bats at the top amongst their top 5 fine bats. Despite Mandhana's failure, the other 4 batted brilliantly to carry the Indian total to 163. Then their bowling did its job by restricting BD to 91 to secure a huge win. It is crucial to have top 5 who can bat against any bowling on any pitch. This is what the Indian has. Then they have quality pace & spin bowling to counter the opposition. Above all this is a team of individuals with modesty & humility, which always keeps a low profile & give their best on the field. Congrats Team India. A great start to your World Cup at home. Keep up the good work.

  • paapam on March 15, 2016, 18:13 GMT

    We are now the laughing stock for the whole cricketing world. Dig a hole and fall into it.

  •   Amirul Hoque on March 15, 2016, 17:39 GMT

    Well played Bangladesh Tigress. The main thing is you are learning and gaining experience. Don't let this loss bring you down. You have nothing to loose and we have many things to gain. We are proud of you.

  • SLStar on March 15, 2016, 17:21 GMT

    and our superstar harmanpreet kaur has done it again... I wish she could get 1% limelight of what virat kohli gets..

  • S.R.Khan on March 15, 2016, 16:01 GMT

    Well fought, Tigresses. All part of the learning process. Hope BCB and ICC give you more opportunities to face the best more frequently.

  • i_love_indian_team on March 15, 2016, 15:40 GMT

    Awesome girls. Way to go....

  • Kullukk on March 15, 2016, 13:49 GMT

    well done ladies. keep it up. we want world cup

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