Poonam Yadav made the second breakthrough for India  © Getty Images (File Photo)
Poonam Yadav made the second breakthrough for India © Getty Images (File Photo)

Bangladesh Women lost three early wickets during their chase of 164 against India in the opening match of ICC Womens World T20 2016 at Bengaluru on Tuesday.  The Indian bowler Anuja Patil drew first blood by dismissing Ayasha Rahman in the fifth over. That wicket left Bangladesh Women at 19 for 1. Rahman while trying to go big only managed a top edge which was easily caught by Poonav Yadav at the short fine leg.  Two overs later, Sanjida Islam was sent back to the dugout by Poonam. Similarly, Sanjida threw away her wicket despite connecting it well but was caught at the mid-wicket by Anuja. Live Cricket Scorecard: India Women vs Bangladesh Women, Women’s T20 World Cup 2016, Match 1 Group B at Bangalore

Bangladesh opening batsman Sharmin Akhter was the only player who stayed at the crease for a long time until Anjuja struck again. Although it wasn’t by her bowling about this time it was some excellent field work from her that got Sharmin run out and left Bangladesh struggling at 35 for 3. Two overs later, India had another wicket to their account, Poonam’s trick of giving all the room to the batsman worked for Team India. Rumana trying for a big shot went low for a slog sweep and holed out to deep midwicket where once again Anuja completed a superb catch. A wicket, two catches and a run out for Anuja so far in Bangladesh’s second innings, what a game this is turning out for the 23-year-old spinner.

Earlier, India Women posted to 163 for 5 in their 20 overs .This was India’s highest-ever Twenty20 International (T20I) total with their previous best being 151 for 5 against the same opponents in 2014 in Sylhet.