© Getty Images (File Photo)
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India Women drew first blood with their win in the opening match of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2016 against Bangladesh Women on Tuesday at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. India ran over the visitors by 72 runs after they posted their highest-ever Women’s T20I total of 163 for 5 after put to bat first. Though Bangladesh Women were not bowled out, they never looked in a position to have chased down the target. No Bangladesh Women player touched 30-run mark with their wicketkeeper-batsman Nigar Sultana being the top-scorer with 27 off 25. Despite the match being one-sided from the very beginning, there were a couple of highlight moments. We list those out here in case, one missed it: FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Bangladesh, ICC Women’s World T20 2016 at Bengaluru

Mithali Raj’s world record: Mithali, who has been a part of every ICC Women’s World T20 since the tournament was played for the first time in 2009, is easily the best Indian batsman by far in women’s cricket. She justified it once again when she surpassed England Women’s Charlotte Edwards as the over-all leading run-scorer of ICC Women’s World T20 with 583 runs from 18 matches. Before entering this match, Mithali was on 541 runs, 25 short of Charlotte, and she took no time to score those runs. Mithali’s 42 came off just 35 balls and included of 5 boundaries.

India Women’s highest T20I total: India Women posted 163 for 5 at the end of 20 overs, which turned out to be their highest-ever total in T20Is. Their previous best was 151 for 5 against the same opponents. The match was played in 2014 at Sylhet. Indian Women have crossed the 150-mark only twice. Barring Smriti Madhana and Anuja Patil, every member made crucial contributions with the bat.

Harmanpreet Kaur’s all-round effort: Harmanpreet was the Player of the Match for her quickfire 40 runs off 29 balls towards the end of India Women innings after the dismissal of set opening batsmen. Harmanpreet opened India’s account of sixes, smashing 2 of them, along with 3 boundaries before she was dismissed by Bangladesh’s Rumana Ahmed in the 18th over. In the next innings, she was handed the ball twice. She bowled her mixed bag, foxing the Bangladeshis, and returning figures of 2-0-6-0.

Anuja Patil: Anuja was easily the pick of the bowlers who was involved in all the Bangladesh dismissals. She bagged two wickets, claimed two catches and was a part of a superb run out that saw Bangladesh’s opener Sharmin Akhter walk back to the pavilion. In her quota of 4 overs, she gave away only 16 runs and adding to that, she was one of the best Indian fielders. Anuja’s excellent bowling removed the Ayasha Rahman and Fahima Khatum; she caught both of them, off Poonam Yadav.