Bangladesh women’s cricket team beat India for the first time in ODIs
First ODI played in Mirpur Indian team lost by 40 runs
New Delhi. The Indian women’s cricket team led by Harmanpreet Kaur has gone on a tour of Bangladesh. After winning the T20 series 2-1, the ODI series is being played between the two countries. Its first match was played in Mirpur, which was won by Bangladesh. Bangladesh’s women’s cricket team has defeated India for the first time in ODIs. Chasing a target of 154 runs in a rain-interrupted match, the Indian team was bundled out for 113 runs in 35.5 overs and lost the match by 40 runs. This was India’s sixth ODI match against Bangladesh at home. Earlier, all 5 matches were won by India.
18-year-old fast bowler Marufa Akhtar played an important role in Bangladesh’s victory. Marufa took 4 wickets for 29 runs in 7 overs. He got the wickets of Priya Poonia, Smriti Mandhana, Amanjot Kaur and Sneh Rana. This was Marufa’s fourth ODI match. Earlier, in the three ODIs played, Marufa could not take a single wicket and conceded 60 runs, but against India, he bowled brilliantly and took 4 wickets in one stroke. Marufa has played 9 T20s for Bangladesh and has taken a total of 9 wickets in it.
Had done farming with father during the Corona era
Marufa also bowled economically in the three T20 series against India and took 2 wickets in 3 matches. The journey for Marufa to reach the Bangladesh cricket team was not easy. During the Corona era, she was playing with her farmer father and within two years made a place in the Bangladesh team and also played the Under-19 World Cup. Marufa was the highest wicket-taker for Bangladesh in the Women’s Under-19 World Cup. Bangladesh defeated Australia in the tournament and in that match too Marufa took 2 wickets for 29 runs.
Marufa is a big fan of Hardik Pandya
Marufa’s family did not want him to play cricket. But brother always supported and because of this she was able to play cricket. Then as he performed well, the confidence of the family also increased and thus Marufa made it to the Bangladesh team. Marufa is a fan of Hardik Pandya
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 16, 2023, 17:54 IST