India’s 16-year-old phenomenon Shafali Verma has provided the batting fireworks to help lift her side to a 18-run win over Bangladesh in their Twenty20 World Cup clash at the WACA.
In reply to India’s 6-142, Bangladesh put up a brave fight before finishing at 8-124 in Monday’s match.
Shafali Verma lit up the WACA on Monday night.Credit:Getty Images
The win lifted India (2-0) to the top of their group, ahead of NZ (1-0) and Australia (1-1).
Verma cracked 39 off 17 balls, with her knock featuring four sixes and two fours.
Jemimah Rodrigues (34 off 37) and Veda Krishnamurthy (20no off 11) chipped in with handy scores.
But it was Verma who stole the show at the top of the order, with the opener punishing the Bangladesh attack to all parts of the ground.
“It’s amazing that a 16-year-old is playing cricket for India,” bowler Shikha Pandey said.
“She’s been given a free licence to play her game.
“There’s another 16-year-old – Richa Ghosh – who also played today. It’s amazing to see them doing what they’re doing for us.
“It can only go up for them. I’m really pleased to have such young kids in the team. They’re fearless. They do not play against names. There’s no baggage. They express themselves on the field.”
Bangladesh moved to 3-66 in the 12th over to give themselves a chance of causing a major upset.
But with the required run rate creeping up, Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals to fall short of victory.
Nigar Sultana Joty scored 35 off 26 balls, while opener Murshida Khatun chipped in with 30.
Diminutive India spinner Poonam Yadav, who destroyed Australia’s batters last week, snared 3-18 in another strong display.
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