Latest Match Report – BDESH (W) vs India (W) 1st Semi Final 2023

India 52 for 2 (Rodriguez 20*, Shabali 17) to win Bangladesh 51 all out (net 12, Vastrakar 4-17) by eight wickets

Pooja Vastrakar is watching the Asian Games on TV. She was initially named as the non-travelling reserve woman in the squad, who was due to return home after a week-long pre-departure camp in Bengaluru. But when Anjali Sarwani returned injured a day before departure, Vastragar’s flight was diverted from Indore to Hangzhou.
A week later, on Sunday, Vastragar proved why she should be considered first. His brilliant T20I haul of 4 for 17 helped Bangladesh to 51 runs in the semi-final as India knocked themselves out of the gold medal match. Next up in Monday’s final will be Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the second semi-final.
India will go into Sunday’s game knowing that their regular captain Harmanpreet Kaur will be available after her two-match suspension, which was handed to her following a grueling series against Bangladesh in July.

Vastragar’s initial incision

Nib-baggers, outswingers, hard lengths – Vastragar showed he was no one-trick pony as he got zipping with the new ball. In the very first over, he took two wickets off two different balls. Shadi Rani was caught driving an away-swinger off the first ball of the game and Shamima Sultana was caught lbw playing lbw.

In his next over, Vastrakar should have gone for third but Smriti Mandana hit a sitter at mid-off. Sobana Mostari managed just one more run before being dismissed for 8 in Wastragar’s third straight over inside the powerplay. And it’s almost an action replay. Mandhana looked at this carefully in her palm.

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In the next over, debutant Titas Sadhu took his first wicket off his own delivery. On a full angle from the width of the crease, Sadu played a fuller delivery to Shorna Akhter around mid-off that smashed its line. At 21 for 4 after the powerplay, Bangladesh were tied in knots on a surface that stood considerably higher, where shot-making was not easy. With two full days under cover before the match, the surface looked a touch unpredictable, which magnified Bangladesh’s decision to bat early in the match.

Run outs add to Bangladesh’s woes

Shot selection was not the only obstacle for Bangladesh. Their running between the wickets was equally poor and resulted in two run outs. One of Bangladesh’s most talented batsmen, Nigar Sultana, Devika Vaidya, got out trying a single run to extra cover at the swopped spot to hit straight at the bowler’s end.

Two balls later, Fahima Katun was run out without facing a ball, Ritu Moni hit a short third, where Kanika Ahuja hit it straight at the striker’s end. Khatun might have survived if he had dived; She didn’t. At 25 for the loss of 6 wickets, Bangladesh were in danger of not being able to sustain the overs. Nahida Akhter and Moni helped Bangladesh pass 50 in the 18th over as five of India’s bowlers finished between the wickets.

Rodríguez helps lead India back home

India’s chase was not without its own initial hurdles. Smriti Mandhana misjudged the line of her delivery and blew a leading edge for 7 runs. Then two steps away, Shafali Verma tried to force his way, especially against spin. , destroyed. Shafali was gently hit by the surface as the ball kept a little low as it crept through her legs to hit the stumps as she stepped into the line and looked to pull. Rodriguez used the spin with his patented touch game, using the pace of the bowlers to push the bowling into the gaps, scoring an unbeaten 20.

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