A disciplined effort from the bowlers and an unbeaten half-century from Jemimah Rodrigues helped India Women A record a nine-wicket win and complete a 3-0 sweep over Bangladesh Women A in their one-day series at the Karnataka State Cricket Association premises in Hubli on Thursday (December 7).
Chasing 117 for a win, the Indians reached the target in 32.3 overs without much fuss.
MD Thirushkamini (26 in 39 balls) and Rodrigues (56 not out in 87) set the tone with a 58-run stand for the first wicket before Khadiza Tul Kubra, the offspinner, had Thirushkamini stumped by Nigar Sultana. The dismissal, though, didn’t deter Rodrigues, who opened the innings in place of Vanitha VR.
Rodrigues, with scores of 24 and 10 batting at different positions in the last two games, made good use of the opportunity and compiled a patient half-century. Her knock was studded with six hits to the fence and over it.
Soon after Thirushkamini’s dismissal, she was joined by Devika Vaidya, who scored an unbeaten 30 in 69 balls as the duo took the side home without any hiccups.
Earlier, opting to bat, Bangladesh did not have the best of starts with Mansi Joshi, the medium pacer, dismissing Shamima Sultana, the opener, for a duck, while Kavita Patil, the other medium pacer, accounted for Murshida Khatun for 21.
Barring Rumana Ahmed, the skipper who waged a lone battle with an 85-ball 42 before being castled by Preeti Bose, the offspinner, the rest of the batters failed to make good contributions as India kept chipping away at the wickets to bundle the visitors out for 116 from 42 overs.
Having sealed the series 2-0, India women rang in a few changes, resting Vanitha, Priyanka Priyadarshini, Sukanya Parida and NM Chaudhary. Thirushkamini, Patil, Bose and Vaidya replaced them. The changes worked with Patil and Bose picking up two wickets apiece and both the batters scoring runs.
The teams will play a three-match Twenty20 series next with the first game in Belgaum on December 12.
Brief scores: Bangladesh Women A 116 in 42 overs (Rumana Ahmed 42; Kavita Patil 2-34, Anuja Patil 2-11, Preeti Bose 2-16, Shivangi Raj 2-18) lost to India Women A 118/1 in 32.3 overs (MD Thirushkamini 26, Jemimah Rodrigues 56 n.o., Devika Vaidya 30 n.o.) by 9 wickets.