India beat Bangladesh by 110 runs in Tuesday’s other group-stage match to stay in semifinal contention. A third win from six games lifted India into third place behind Australia and South Africa and ahead of West Indies on run-rate, though it faces a tough finish against South Africa in its last match.
India made 219-7 after choosing to bat first and bowled out Bangladesh for 119, the lowest score of the tournament so far.
India’s decision to bat first against Bangladesh seemed vindicated when Smriti Mandhana (30) and Shafali Verma (42) combined in a 74-run opening stand. But it then lost three wickets within five balls.
Yastika Bhatia (50) held the innings together with her second consecutive half century and Richa Ghosh (26), Sneh Rana (27) and Pooja Vastrakar, with an unbeaten 30, made valuable contributions.
Sneh Rana then took 4-30 as India bowled out Bangladesh in just over 40 overs. Rajeshwari Gayakwad took 1-15 from her 10 overs and bowled four consecutive maidens as India kept up steady pressure on the Bangladesh batters.
Salma Khatun was Bangladesh’s leading scorer with 32.
“We look forward to the next game,” India captain Mithali Raj said. “We had a good opening partnership and on a wicket like this it is always hard for incoming batsmen to start getting runs but there was a very important anchor role played by Yastika.”