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Indian eves win Bangladesh T20 series 3-0

April 05, 2013 16:08 IST

The Indian women's cricket team rode on some disciplined bowling to register a 10-run victory over Bangladesh in the third and final T20 International and inflict a 3-0 whitewash on the visitors, in Vadodara, on Friday.

Electing to bat, India posted 123 for 9 and then restricted Bangladesh to 113 for 7 in their allotted 20 overs.

It was a good show by Indian openers Mona Meshram (22) and Smriti Mandhana, who put up a steady 53-run stand in seven overs.

Even after Meshram's departure, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (20) continued in the same vein with Mandhana. The duo shared a 31-run stand for the second wicket.

But Mandhana's dismissal after a well-compiled 39 off 36 balls, laced with four boundaries, triggered a collapse.

Barring Poonam Raut (13), none of the other batters could get to double figures.

Chasing the modest target, the visitors lost opener Ayesha Akhter (12) early. However, Shukhtara Rahman (25, 37b, 4x4) and Lata Mondal (32, 27b, 4X4) played cautiously to take the team to the 50-run mark.

But once Rahman was run-out, the Indian bowlers tightened the noose. They not only put the brakes on the scoring but also kept taking wickets at regular intervals.

Poonam Yadav was the pick of the bowlers with impressive figures of three for 21, while Ekta Bisht chipped in with two wickets for 28.

Brief scores:

India: 123 for 9 in 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 39, Mona Meshram 22; Panna Ghosh 2-24).

Bangladesh: 113 for 7 in 20 overs (Lata Mondal 32, Shukhtara Rahman 25; Poonam Yadav 3-21, Ekta Bisht 2-28).

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