Women’s T20 World Cup: Cricket world praises Shafali Verma and Poonam Yadav after India’s 18-run win over Bangladesh

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Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav claimed three wickets and opener Shafali Verma scored a quickfire 39 as India defeated Bangladesh by 18 runs in a Group A match of the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Perth on Monday.

After asked to bat first, India posted a competitive 142-6 on the board and then returned to restrict Bangladesh to 124-8 to notch up their second successive win in the showpiece event.

Chasing 143 to win, Murshida Khatun scored a 26-ball 30 after her opening partner Shamima Sultana was sent packing in the second over by Shikha Pandey. Once Arundhati Reddy removed Khatun, Nigar Sultana (35) tried to keep them in the hunt, but Bangladesh struggled against the quality spin bowling of Poonam (3/18), who derailed Bangladesh’s chase.

Pandey (2/14) and Arundhati Reddy (2/33) took two wickets each, while Rajeshwari Gayakwad (1/25) scalped one wicket.

Earlier, in the absence of her opening partner Smriti Mandhana, 16-year-old Shafali gave India a flying start. Shafali smashed a 17-ball 39 with two fours and four sixes. Jemimah Rodrigues also scored a crucial 37-ball 34, but the rest of the batters failed to fire as India’s run-rate took a hit.

Down the order, Veda Krishnamurthy smashed 20 off 11 balls laced with four fours to lift India to a fighting total. For Bangladesh, skipper Salma Khatun (2/25) and Panna Ghosh (2/25) claimed two wickets each.

Here’s how the cricket world reacted to India’s win:

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