Bangladesh Women Script History, Becomes First Team To Beat India In Asia Cup

Everyone expected India to score another comprehensive win in Asia Cup T20 but Bangladesh managed to pull off a massive upset in the tournament

Harmanpreet Kaur-led Indian team were having a walk in the park in the ongoing Women Asia Cup T20. They romped over Malaysia in the tournament opener followed by a comprehensive win over Thailand. The Indian team hadn’t lost a single game in the history of Asia Cup until they hit a roadblock in the third game. Bangladesh, who had not won a single T20I against India, pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament by beating the table-toppers in an edge-of-the-seat thriller.

This is India’s first loss in the tournament after 34 consecutive wins. They entered the tournament as favourites but got a reality check in the third game.

After winning the toss, Harmanpreet decided to bat first. Openers Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana got out in the powerplay overs after scoring 2 and 15 respectively. The ploy to send an 18-year-old Pooja Vastrakar did not work as she could only score run-a-ball 20 before getting run-out.

Harmanpreet and Deepti Sharma tried to get the innings back on track but their departure in the death overs stopped India from posting a daunting total. In the end, India, which at one point looked like they’d cross 160, could score only 141 for 7 wickets.

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Bangladesh got off to a decent start despite the early wicket of Ayesha Rahman. Fargana Hoque and Rumana Ahmed shared a match-winning 93-run stand for the fourth wicket to stun India. Hoque scored her maiden T20I fifty whereas Ahmed scored 42 runs off 34 deliveries. Bangladesh won the match by 7 wickets with 2 balls to spare.

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Despite the loss, India are currently at the top of the points table with two wins from three games and a Net Run Rate (NRR) of 3.428.