February 18, 2017 - 5:36pm
India dealt Bangladesh with a major blow in their hopes of qualifying for the Women’s World Cup, thrashing the Rumana Ahmed-led side by nine wickets in Colombo on Friday.
Sent into bat first at the Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground, Bangladesh lost two quick wickets to score just 17 runs in their first 10 overs, before a half-century of Fargana Haque gave their innings some respectability.
Fargana scored 50 off 107 balls and struck five boundaries, guiding Bangladesh to 155-8 in their 50 overs with in-form opener Sharmin Akter chipping in with 35 runs.
Sharmin, who hit a match-winning half-century against Ireland in the previous match, however, consumed 84 balls for her arduous innings, which included four boundaries.
Widely tipped to win the competition, India denied Bangladesh any late impetus as women in Red and Green could score just 17 runs in their last three overs despite entering the phase with four wickets in hand.
Medium-pacer Mansi Joshi claimed three wickets for the title favourites giving away just 25 runs in her 10 overs.
Replying to their modest target, India also made a cumbersome start with opener Deepti Sharma conceding 22 balls for just one runs.
Khadija tul Kubra rescued her from the painful batting, taking a return catch off her own bowling but ironically that remained as Bangladesh’s only success with the ball.
Mona Meshram and skipper Mithali Raj shared 136 runs in their unbroken second wicket stand as India coasted to 158-1 in 33.3 overs.
Meshram remained unbeaten on 78 facing 92 balls and hitting 12 fours while Mithali, who ended the contest with the only six of the game off the ball of Kubra, was not out on 73 playing 87 balls.
South Africa beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets while Pakistan cruised to 86-run win over Ireland in the other two matches of the day.
With the wins India and South Africa became the first two teams from the tournament to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 to be held in England and Wales from 24 June to 23 July.
World champion Australia, England, New Zealand and the West Indies have already qualified for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 by virtue of finishing in the top four in the ICC Women’s Championship.
Bangladesh women will end their Super Six campaign with a game against hosts Sri Lanka on Sunday.