India women open with comfortable win

India sent a message to their Group B rivals as they posted their highest T20 score to open their ICC Women’s World Twenty20 account with a comfortable 72-run victory over Bangladesh in Bangalore.

England kick-off their campaign against the Tigers on Thursday but Bangladesh were no match for India as they fell well short after the hosts posted a record score of 163 for five.

Openers Mithali Raj and Vellaswamy Vanitha hit 42 and 38 respectively to set a solid benchmark after being put into bat before they lost two wickets in successive overs as Bangladesh’s spinners briefly halted India’s momentum.

Harmanpreet Kaur, left, and Veda Krishnamurthy, right, hit 40 and 36 not out respectively as India posted their highest ever T20 score

Despite losing Smriti Mandhana for a duck, Veda Krishnamurthy and Harmanpreet Kaur would blast India to their highest total with both hitting a pair of sixes to set Bangladesh 164 to win.

India’s bowling attack restricted Bangladesh to a meander 91 for five off their 20 overs with Poonam Yadav and Anuja Patil both collecting two wickets.

Group A’s opening match will see two-time runners-up New Zealand face South Africa, who look to bounce back from their seven-wicket defeat at the hands of England yesterday.

Source: ECB

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