After India had been put into bat and scored 228 for eight, the target for the Bangladesh women’s cricket team appeared to be an extremely difficult one to achieve, and this turned out to be the case in the end, as the Tigresses were bundled out for 120, resulting in a loss by 108 runs in the second of the three one-day international matches that took place in Mipur yesterday.
India was able to get back on track and tie the series with the resounding victory.
The Tigresses probably had high hopes that they would be able to restrict India to a much smaller score when Marufa Akter delivered an amazing inswinger that rattled the stumps of India opener Priya Punia in the morning.
“If I were to speak about our bowling, I would have to state that we were unable to deliver our full one hundred percent according to our bowling strength.
We ended up giving away thirty to forty more runs than we had originally anticipated. In addition, our fielding wasn’t as good as it was in the previous game. In the press conference that took place after the match yesterday, vice-captain Nahida Akter, who finished with 2-37, voiced her displeasure with the fact that their total proved to be significant for us.
In One-Day Internationals, Bangladesh has never scored more than 220 runs and their previous batting performances are a major cause for concern. Nahida believed that a score of 180 was a more ‘achievable aim’ for the team.
While Fargana Hoque was patiently waiting at the crease during a 47-run knock, he and Ritu Moni put up a 68-run stand for the fourth wicket. At that point, it may have occurred to Bangladesh that they would at least be able to carry the game to a later stage.
Once that partnership was broken up, though, the remaining seven wickets were lost for a total of 14 runs.
“When [Fargana Hoque] Pinky and Ritu were batting, the momentum was beginning to shift in our favor,” Ritu said. However, those of us who batted in the middle order, including myself and Rabeya near the conclusion of the game, were unable to shoulder the duty, as Nahida explained.
Even though they lost, the Tigresses still have a shot at winning their first-ever One-Day International series against India when they face off against each other for the final ODI on Saturday at the same location. “We have a robust mental makeup. Nahida has stated that during the final match, “We will play for the win and give our hundred per cent effort.”
Jemimah Rodrigues’s all-around performance made her India’s most impressive player, and she stole the show. She achieved career-best bowling figures by taking four wickets for only three runs, which blew the Tigresses away after scoring a career-high 86 runs off 78 deliveries during the match.
Before this game, Jemimah had only bowled 12 deliveries in her career’s previous 22 matches, but she wasn’t astonished by that fact.
“To tell you the truth, I’m not shocked. When I was back in my home state, I was bowling a lot for the state team. Even when I’m in the nets, I still work like this. I’ve been doing this for the past two years.
I was overjoyed when a member of the support crew as well as our captain approached me and said, “We need you on these tracks.” This is due to the fact that I have a terrific turn and bounce. “Therefore, I was well prepared for it,” she explained.