Jemimah Rodrigues’ all-round performance helped India beat Bangladesh in the second ODI at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur and level the three-match series 1-1 on Wednesday.
Rodrigues scored 86 off 78 balls and followed it up with bowling figures of 4/3 in 3.1 overs to trigger Bangladesh’s collapse.
Bangladesh was chasing 229 runs to not only win the match but also clinch the series after winning the toss and opting to bowl first.
The host’s run-chase was going well till Fargana Hoque and Ritu Moni were at the crease and had added 68 runs for the fourth wicket. Hoque, in particular, looked to take on the Indian bowlers and fell short of her fifty by three runs.
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Devika Vaidya got her stumped, which triggered a collapse as Bangladesh lost seven wickets for just 14 runs inside seven overs.
Rodrigues, who was introduced in the 30th over, got Moni out stumped and then picked another three wickets to clean up the tail.
India had tightened the screws early in the innings after Bangladesh was reduced to 14 for two. Meghna Singh and Deepti Sharma bowled four consecutive maiden overs inside the PowerPlay to push the host on the backfoot.
Earlier, Rodrigues played a key role in making sure India posted 228 for eight with her timely 86 off 78. She had two fifty-run partnerships, with Harmanpreet Kaur and Harleen Deol, in between.
Harmanpreet was on 48 when she was retired hurt after a throw hit her left hand. She came back to score four more runs before getting out in the last over trying to clear the ropes. The Indian captain didn’t take the field in the next innings and Smriti Mandhana was announced as the stand-in skipper.
Nahida Akter and Sultana Khatun picked two wickets each to restrict India under the 230-run mark.
India and Bangladesh will play the series decider on Saturday at the same venue.
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