Mithali raj was adjudged Man of the Match    Getty Images
Mithali raj was adjudged Man of the Match Getty Images

Bangkok [Thailand](ANI): Mithali Raj produced a brilliant batting performance before Poonam Yadav bagged a three-wicket haul to help the Indian women’s cricket team register a crushing 64-run win over Bangladesh in the opening match of Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup at the Asian Institute of Technology Ground here on Saturday. After being asked to bat first, openers Mithali (49*) and Smriti Mandhana (41) not only provided India with a solid start by sharing a crucial 70-run partnership but also helped the team post a target of 119 runs in their stipulated 20 overs.

In reply, Bangladesh women failed to counter India s bowling attack and were eventually bundled out for mere 54 runs. Sanjida Islam, skipper Rumana Ahmed, Ritu Moni, Jahanara Alam, Nahida Akter and Panna Ghosh all got dismissed for just one run. Besides Poonam, Jhulan Goswami and Anuja Patil both claimed two wickets each while Ekta Bisht and Mansi Joshi also chipped in with a wicket.

Mithali was declared `Man of the Match` award for her pivotal contribution with the bat. India will now lock horns with Thailand at the same venue on November 27.

Earlier, the ICC s decision to award six points to Pakistan after the Indian women s team was deemed to have forfeited each of the three matches of the ICC Women s Championship was a result of non-communication from the BCCI about the team s participation. A well-informed source told PTI that there were multiple e-mail communication from ICC, but there was no response to any of the e-mails to provide reasons for not playing the series against Pakistan, which was scheduled to be held between 1 August and 31 October. The ICC went by the book and it would have been a different scenario had BCCI given in writing that the political tension and cross-border terrorism was the reason for their forfeiture .