India's second win in two games sees them top Group A. Smriti Mandhana's availability in the next match would give them a pleasant problem, as to who will make way. Richa Ghosh did look comfortable in the middle. Bangladesh will look to work on their game-play, especially under lights, as Salma Khatun mentioned.
There's a break for one day before the next set of games at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. England take on Thailand while Pakistan play their first game in the tournament on Wednesday (Feb 26). Hope to have your company for that game. This is S. Sudarshanan signing off. Goodbye, take care!
Harmanpreet Kaur: "The way Shafali and Richa played today showed that they belong. Veda's innings was the turning point for us because we needed boundary then. We are taking one game at a time and look to do well every match. Hopefully Smriti will be better. We have two three days and I hope she recovers."
Salma Khatun: "I think we didn't bowl well in the power play. We didn't field well. We played only three-four games under lights. We will try to do well in the next game. Our batting in power play is something we will look to improve."
Shafali Verma wins it for her 39 off just 17 balls: "I took responsibility since Smriti wasn't around. I practised hard hitting it big and would look to continue to do so. I'm very happy to win games for India and win the World Cup for the country."
India have two wins in two games! Their bowling has been the strongest suit and it was always going to be tough for Bangladesh to hunt down 143. Poonam Yadav once again was the top wicket-taker for India with 3/18. Seamers Shikha Pandey and Arundhati Reddy assisted her brilliantly with two-fers.
Credit to Bangladesh for not wilting early. They hung around till the very end and didn't fold up. Murshida Khatun is a young opener and she showed why she is one of the players to watch out for. She made 30. Nigar Sultana also showed her class with 35 but they were always fighting the tide. They won't be disappointed with this outing for sure. Will get you the presentation shortly.
Bangladesh 124/8 in 20 overs, lost by 18 runs.
It was a perfect final over by Shikha Pandey. First she castled Rumana Ahmed with a perfect yorker. Then she gave away just three in the over. Terrific!
Bangladesh 110/7 in 18 overs, need 33 in 12.
Poonam Yadav finished with 4-0-18-3 as Taniya Bhatia stumped Jahanara Alam for 10. Yet another powerful display by the leggie.
Bangladesh 106/6 in 16.4 overs, need 37 in 20.
Nigar Sultana falls almost like Fahima Khatun. Looks to sweep Rajeshwari Gayakwad and hits it towards square leg where Arundhati Reddy takes a good low catch. Sultana goes for 35 and, perhaps, with that, Bangladesh's hopes.
Bangladesh 94/5 in 15.1 overs, need 49 in 29.
Poonam yadav gets her second wicket. She tossed one up, Fahima Khatun plays the sweep straight to Shafali Verma at square leg. She goes for 17.
Bangladesh 85/4 in 14 overs.
14 run came off Arundhati Reddy's final over. Fahima Khatun got a couple of boundaries, one through third man and one through fine leg. The second one was a lucky one, though, as Shafali Verma had done well to save the four, but herself signalled the boundary.
On the last ball, Jemimah Rodrigues dropped Nigar Sultana but it was a commendable effort. She ran in from sweeper cover but couldn't hand on despite the dive.
Bangladesh 66/4 in 11.3 overs.
That's a smart catch by Taniya Bhatia, who is standing up to the stumps for Arundhati Reddy. Fargana Hoque looked to force the issue through the off side but only got a feather behind. Bangladesh falling quickly now...
Bangladesh 61/3 in 10.3 overs, need 82 more.
Poonam Yadav has very powerful ears. She tossed one up and Sanjida Islam missed the sweep. Yadav heard something even though Taniya Bhatia didn't. Yadav was adamant that Harmanpreet Kaur take the DRS and it worked. The Snicko detected the spike and Islam had to walk back for 10.
Bangladesh 60/2 in 10 overs, need 83 more.
Nigar Sultana managed to take a couple of fours off Arundhati Reddy's over. First, she cut a short and wide ball through the gap between short third man and backward point. Then she smartly guided one past the left of Poonam Yadav at short third for anther one. Sultana is on 15 off 10.
Bangladesh 50/2 in 9 overs, need 93 more.
Anjum Chopra caught up with WV Raman on the sidelines: "They're aware that Australia are a very good side and that's why they looked to be competitive and raised their game a couple of notches. It's a case of them working on their game and fitness. It's helped them realise they can do much better than before. When you get into the game you gotta realise you have to shut out many things. With Poonam Yadav, it's a case of her experience coming into play. We've roped in Narendra Hirwani to take care of that aspect and he's been helpful."
Bangladesh 44/2 in 8 overs, need 99 in 72.
Arundhati Reddy finally gets Murshida Khatun to miscue one. Khatun looks to slog one to the on side but gets a top edge. Richa Ghosh runs across from covers to mid-off and takes it to end Khatun's stay for 30.
Bangladesh 33/1 in 6 overs.
Murshida Khatun is on 22 off 16 and is going strong. India have managed to pick just one wicket.
Bangladesh 19/1 in 3 overs.
Murshida Khatun took a liking to Deepti Sharma's off spin. She first hit one over mid-on, before crashing one through cover-point. She then heaved one through square leg for the third boundary of the overs.
But on the last ball, she top edged one towards square leg, where Shafali Verma missed grabbing that, running backwards.
Bangladesh 5/1 in 2 overs, need 138 more.
Shikha Pandey strikes early. She bowls a cross-seamed delivery, which Shamima Sultana tries to hit over the in-field. Miscues it and Deepti Sharma gets to her left from mid-off and takes it. Sultana gone for 3.
Ever since Shafali Verma was stalled in her tracks, the going was tough for India with the bat. Once again they lost wickets in clusters at the top. Harmanpreet Kaur endured yet another failure. Jemimah Rodrigues looked like posting a good score but she was run out for 34.
On India's good finishing today...— Suneer (@suneerchowdhary) February 24, 2020
"You don't want to be a RCB-like batting where you have a power-packed top four and fall away after that..."
Nasser Hussain's going to be getting a few mentions tonight.#INDWvBANW #T20WC #T20WorldCup
Bangladesh bowled decently but didn't field well. Their ground fielding was sloppy and so was the catching towards the end. Salma Khatun and Panna Ghosh finished with identical figures of 2/25. Could be a tough chase for them now. Back shortly!
Jemimah Rodrigues: "It's a fighting total. But with the kind of bowling and fielding, we should restrict them. I think it's a good wicket to bat on and the outfield is pretty quick. I was looking like a junior in front of Shafali Verma. I want to learn to hit sixes for her. Quick wickets and dot balls should help put pressure back on them."
India 142/6 in 20 overs.
Veda Krishnamurthy's 20 in 11 ball and Shikha Pandey's 7 in 9 sees India take 28 in the last three overs. Bangladesh's fielding didn't look impressive.
India 129/6 in 18 overs.
Veda Krishnamurthy hits three fours in Nahida Akter's over, that goes for 15. Krishnamurthy is on 14 from 5.
India 113/6 in 16.5 overs.
Deepti Sharma swept it towards deep mid-wicket and there was two for the taking. But she slipped and began to retreat. Veda Krishnamurthy kept running and both jostled to get to the non-striker's end. The TV umpire was called for as it was very tough to make out. In the end since Krishnamurthy made it in first, Sharma had to walk out.
India 111/5 in 16.2 overs.
Richa Ghosh perishes in a bid to hit a maximum. She smashed Salma Khatun, only for Nahida Akter to take a good catch running to her left from long on. Ghosh goes for a run-a-ball 14.
India 111/4 in 16 overs.
India haven't really got momentum by their side heading into the final four overs. Richa Ghosh managed to hit a four, India's first after the 10th over.
India 92/4 in 13.2 overs.
The partnership between Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma ends, courtesy a run out. Rodrigues guided a full ball from Jahanara Alam to Nahida Akter at point and took off for a run but was sent back by Deepti Sharma. It was too late, as despite her dive, Rodrigues was caught short.
India 78/3 in 10 overs.
Panna Ghosh bowled it wide on a fuller length, Harmanpreet Kaur could have let it be. But she chased it and cut it straight to Rumana Ahmed at backward point. Kaur went for 8.
Meanwhile, Jemimah Rodrigues has surely played her strokes well and timed her shots to move to 28 in 27. But Bangladesh's ground fielding hasn't been the best yet. They have let boundaries go against balls they should have easily stopped.
India 53/2 in 5.3 overs.
Panna Ghosh has extracted her revenge. On the very first ball, she was hit for a massive biggie over her head by Shafali Verma. But on the third ball, with the wicket-keeper up to the stumps, she managed to get rid of Verma. The teenager couldn't walk down the track and looked to go over mid-off. Ended up skying it. Shamima Sultana there steadied herself and took it, albeit after a couple of fumbles. 39 from 17 for Shafali then.
India 47/1 in 5 overs.
Jemimah Rodrigues has added her name to the six-hitters' column. She danced down to Nahida Akter and hit her over long-off. Meanwhile Shafali Verma is in line for the record of the fastest fifty...
India 34/1 in 3 overs.
Jahanara Alam came from around the wicket, Shafali Verma tonked her over long off. Alam changed angle, she again hit her over mid-off. On the last ball, she hit it straight over the bowlers' head for a four, despite a long off fielder being in place. She is on 29 off 11...
This girl can seriously play ! #shafali— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) February 24, 2020
India 17/1 in 2 overs.
Taniya Bhatia is the first one to go. Charges down the track but seeing the ball thrown wider by Salma Khatun, she gets puzzled and gets beaten. Nigar Sultana does the rest behind the stumps.
Shafali Verma has began well at the other end, though, hitting two sixes - one each off Jahanara Alam and Khatun.
Ian Bishop says, "I loved bowling here at the WACA as there is something in it for everybody. The odd ball will grip for the spinners, the seamers will be able to get something of it, but it will be a good cricketing surface."
Call is heads, Salma Khatun gets it right, Bangladesh will field first
Salma Khatun: Having a good start will give us confidence. Yes that was a good win to have but in this World Cup we will do our best.
Harmanpreet Kaur: We would have liked to bat and set a decent total on the board. The first game was nice for us to set the tone but this is a fresh game. We have one change - Smriti Mandhana is not playing because of a viral fever, Richa Ghosh will play.
It's game 2 of this Monday double-header and it's the battle between the neighbours India and Bangladesh. Let's get it out of the way - Bangladesh have won the last two matches between these two sides, both in the Asia Cup 2018 and this is the first time since then that they are facing each other. This is their first match in the ICC Women's World Cup 2020.
India are coming on the back of a confident win against Australia in the tournament opener. Yet, their batting leaves a lot to be desired. Veda Krishnamurthy spoke in the pre-match presser about how well she is striking the ball. But it remains to be seen if she makes it to the XI, given she doesn't have scores to back that claim.
What will be in store for us in this game, given that the first one was a rather close contest? This is S. Sudarshanan taking you all the way through the action. Stay with us!