Indian batting stalwart Mithali Raj was in fine form for her half-century © Getty Images (File Photo)


Cox’s Bazar: Mar 9, 2014


Skipper Mithali Raj scored a half-century as Indian women‘s team beat hosts Bangladesh by 16 runs in the 1st T20 International (T20I) in Cox’s Bazar starting their preparations for ICC Women’s World T20 2014 tournament in right earnest.


Opting to bat, India scored 101 for one in 20 overs with Mithali Raj scoring an unbeaten 55 and Poonam Raut stroked 42 as the duo added 98 runs for the unbroken second-wicket stand.


Mithali hit four boundaries in his 64-ball knock while Raut had two fours in 46 balls.


In reply, Bangladesh were skittled out for 85 in 20 overs with Rumana Ahmed scoring 21. Left-arm spinner Sravanthi Naidu (four for nine in three overs) was the pick of the bowlers while veteran seamer Jhulan Goswami (two for 14) and spinner Gouher Sultana (two for 11). India lead three-match series 1-0.


Brief scores:


India Women 101 for 1 in 20 overs (Mithali Raj 55*, Poonam Raut 42; Jahanara Alam 1 for 12) beat Bangladesh women 85 in 20 overs (Rumana Ahmed 21, Sravanthi Naidu 4 for 9, Gouher Sultana 2 for 11) by 16 runs.