A total of three ODIs are scheduled between India’s women’s team and Bangladesh’s women’s team. Hosts were able to clinch victory in the first installment, but things are back to square one, with India winning the second ODI by 108 runs. Jemimah Rodrigues secured the Player of the Match title for picking four wickets for just 3 runs and putting up a brave fight of 86 runs off 78 balls at a 110.26 strike rate.
India was not exactly the favorite to win following the loss in the toss at Sher-e-Bangla. Nigar Sultana was more than confident at the time of choosing to bowl first. The assumption must have been to restrict India for a lower total on the board instead of letting them slide to 228 for 8 wickets. That looked possible for a while when Priya Punia departed early in the 5th over. Her inning lasted 13 balls, leaving the other opener stranded in the middle. Smriti Mandhana, nevertheless, followed through with 36 runs to her name.
Her playing style was on the downside. She has 3,000+ runs in the ODI format and is known for being an aggressive opener when the situation demands. Sher-e-Bangla was not a different situation; however, it is understandable based on how she performed in the first ODI. Confidence cannot precisely be bright when one returns to the pavilion after scoring 11 runs off 12 balls.
Mandhana stuck around for 21 overs. She saw Yastika Bhatia get run out when the rebound nearly touched the fingers of Marufa Akter and hit the stumps on the non-striker’s end. Bhaita was way out of the crease, her bat, unfortunately, falling short for another wicket.
The Indian skipper landed a half-century at a slower strike rate, mostly to make sure that Jemimah got time to set the game in her favor.
Nahida Akter did her job by being the most economical bowler. She gave away 37 runs throughout her spell, which also consisted of one maiden over. Bangladesh had a lower chance of retaining the momentum per top cricket betting sites, but they were still favorites after winning the toss. Tables turned when Khatun and Sharmin could not go past the 5-over mark together.
Wickets fell like a pack of cards after 28 overs. Getting Jemimah as an experimental bowler worked for Kaur, who probably just wanted to ease the pressure off the traditional bowlers. Her spell lasted for 3.1 overs, giving away 3 runs for 4 wickets at the economy of 0.95. She was perfectly complemented by Devika Vaidya. She, too, did not complete her 10-over bowling mark but did chase 3 wickets to her name. No maiden, and yet the economy was 3.75.
Deepti Sharma threw 2 maiden overs, picked up a single wicket, and registered an economy of 1.17. This is impressive, considering one of the wickets picked by her was of Sharmin, the opener.
India has already won the T20 series by 2-1. The ODI series has been equalized, and all eyes are on the final installment, which is likely to go in the favor of the visitors.