Rumana Ahmed was awarded the player of the match for her all round performance    AFP
Rumana Ahmed was awarded the player of the match for her all round performance AFP

In the match 9 of Women’s Asia Cup 2018, Bangladesh beat India by 7 wickets to register their second win in the tournament. Chasing 142, Bangladesh were reduced to 49 for 3 inside 8 overs. But an unbeaten fourth-wicket partnership of 93 runs between Fargana Hoque (52* in 46 balls) and Rumana Ahmed (42* in 34) spoiled India’s victory plans.

Bangladesh needed 32 off the last 4 overs with Fargana and Rumana in the middle. Jhulan Goswami still had 2 overs in hand. They hit Rajeshwari Gayakwad for 12 runs off the 17th over, followed by 10 off Goswami. With 10 runs required off the final 2 overs, Anuja Patil went for 6. This left Bangladesh to score 4 off Jhulan’s over, which they did with 2 balls to spare.

Gayakwad provided an early breakthrough for India, getting Ayasha Rahman for 12. Shamima Sultana played well for 33 but fell to Pooja Vastrakar in the 6th over. Nigar Sultana’s (1) short stay in the middle was put to an end by Poonam Yadav 2 overs later. However, India tried seven bowlers but could not separate Fargana and Rumana.

Earlier, India started poorly after opting to bat before Harmanpreet Kaur (42) and Deepti Sharma (32) added 50 for the 4th wicket. Mona Meshram was unbeaten on 14 from 12 balls but could not take India to a competitive total. India could only manage 141, of which 10 were extras.

India still top the table with a net run rate of 3.428. Bangladesh are tied with them on points but are have an NRR of -0.270.

Brief Scores:

India Womens 141 for 7 in 20 overs [Harmanpreet Kaur 42 (37), Deepti Sharma 32 (28); Rumana Ahmed 4-0-21-3] lost to Bangladesh Womens 142 for 3 in 19.4 overs [Fargana Hoque 52 (46), Rumana Ahmed 42 (34); Poonam Yadav 4-0-21-1] by 7 wickets with 2 balls to spare.

Player of the match: Rumana Ahmed