Women’s Sport: India continue unbeaten start as Poonam and Verma shine again

India v Bangladesh - ICC Women's T20 Cricket World Cup

India posted the highest score of this year’s tournament so far, as they claimed their second successive win of the competition to cement their place at the top of Group A.

After an impressive victory against Australia last Friday, India entered today’s game against rivals Bangladesh as overwhelming favourites and showed attacking intent from the get-go. 

Shafali Verma, who only turned 16 last month, shone once again with the bat, smashing four sixes on her way to 39 runs off just 17 balls.

She was ably supported by Jemimah Rodrigues, who made 34 from 37 balls, as India posted 142-6 from their 20 overs. Fahima Khatun and Panna Ghosh both took 2-25 from their 4 overs, but Bangladesh will rue some missed chances as three catches were put down in all.

In response, the Bangladesh chase never showed signs of getting going. Murshida Khatun made 30 and Nigar Sultana Joty struck five boundaries on her way to 35, but India remained the side in the ascendency throughout.

Once again, it was Poonam Yadav who stole the show. After picking up four wickets against Australia, Yadav claimed three more this time around, giving away just 18 runs in her four overs. It was another devastating spell of leg-spin that no batter could seemingly work out.

It appears Yadav may hold the key for India on their path to winning a first T20 World-Cup, but India is still not assured of qualification.

They meet Sri-Lanka next on Saturday, before finishing against New Zealand. Sri-Lanka pushed Australia all the way earlier, whilst New Zealand is also unbeaten in the tournament so far.

Group A could still go a number of ways at this stage, but it seems clear at this stage, that India are now the team to beat.

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