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India women watch the T20I series against Bangladesh

SYLHET (BANGLADESH), May 8: The Indian women’s cricket team will look to complete a 5-0 series whitewash when they face vanquished Bangladesh in the fifth and final T20 International of a weather-affected series on Thursday.
The Indian bowlers have performed better than the batters even though two of the four matches have been shortened due to bad weather. In the second match, India had to chase just 29 runs from 5.2 overs, and the batters were given fewer overs to score.
Across four matches, India have just one fifty to show, through Shafali Verma (51) in the first match. Smriti Mandhana has a highest score of 47 and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has achieved a best strike of 39 so far.
The performance does not reflect well on the team’s batting core as Bangladesh will host the Women’s T20 World Cup in October.
Mandhana and Kaur would like to seize the opportunity on Thursday and score big.
Kaur in particular would look to carry the momentum after her 39 from 26 in Monday’s final match, a 14-a-side affair. India won the match by 56 runs using the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Shafali has been inconsistent although she is the highest scorer for India with 84 runs in this series, which is one more than Mandhana (83). Kaur has 75 runs from the four matches.
On Thursday, the Indian batters will get the last chance to learn as many lessons as possible from this tour, in terms of conditions and pitches.
Bangladesh captain Nigar Sultana’s form has dipped after a half-century in the first match. She has a total of 86 runs from four matches.
Sultana will once again be key to Bangladesh’s fortunes, although she hasn’t scored too many points after scoring 51 in the first match on April 28.
However, the Indian bowlers have done well on the slow pitches on offer here, with left-arm spinner Radha Yadav leading the charts with seven wickets.
She has found good support from pacers Pooja Vastrakar (5 wickets) and Renuka Singh (4), and off-spinner Shreyanka Patil (4).
Veteran Deepti Sharma has also taken five wickets after her fine 2/13 performance in the fourth match on Monday.
Bangladesh’s Rabeya Khan is currently second in the bowling charts with six wickets from four matches. 19-year-old pacer Marufa Akter also impressed with five wickets from four matches.
On the batting front, Bangladesh will rely on Sultana to counter the experienced Indian attack. But she will need support from the likes of Dilara Akter and Murshida Khatun if Bangladesh is to pick up a consolation victory.
Bangladesh’s last T20I win over India came in Mirpur in 2023, and Sultana was part of that match.
The teams (of):
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Dayalan Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, S Sajana, Shafali Verma, Shreyanka Patil, Amanjot Kaur, Pooja Vastrakar, Asha Sobhana, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Richa Ghosh, Radha Yadav, Renuka Singh Thakur , Titas Sadhu, Saika Ishaque.
Bangladesh: Nigar Sultana (c&wk), Murshida Khatun, Rubya Haider, Sobhana Mostary, Shorna Akter, Shorifa Khatun, Dilara Akter, Nahida Akter, Sultana Khatun, Ritu Moni, Rabeya Khan, Fahima Khatun, Marufa Akter, Fariha Trisna, Habiba Islam.
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