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Historic win for Bangladesh Women’s

Bangladesh women’s team sealed its first evervictory against Indian Women’s team in ODI format as they beat the mightyneighbor by 40 runs on DLS method in the three-match series opener today atSher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.Pacer Marufa Akter was instrumental in the landmark victory, claiming hercareer-best 4-29.The match was reduced to 44 overs after a spell of shower and Bangladesh werebowled out for paltry 152 in 43 overs after Amanjot Kaur snapped up 4-31.India’s target was set 154 in 44 overs but Marufa ripped through the much-vaunted Indian batting line up with a sensational bowling which eventuallyskittled them out for 113 in 35.5 overs.Marufa’s effort was complemented by legspinner Rabeya Khan’s 3-30.Bangladesh were without a batter short when debutant Shorna Akter had toleave the ground due to her sickness.Captain Nigar Sultana Joty battled hard against a disciplined bowling attackto make a stubborn 39. Fargana Hoque was the other notable scorer with 27.India were believed to make it a cake-walk but Marufa came up with a gem ofpace bowling to account star batter Smriti Mandhana (11) and Priya Punia (10)in her first spell, leaving India 30-2.When Nahid Akter got the better of Captain Harmanpreet Kaur for 5, Bangladeshsensed a victory with India reeling at 37-3 in 10th over.Rabeya then scythed down the middle order, taking out the key wicket ofJemimah Rodrigues (10) and Deepti Sharma who made team-high 20.Marufa came back in her second spell to get rid of Amanjot Kaur for 15 andSneh Rana for duck to edge Bangladesh closer to the victory.And when Sultana Khatun inflicted run-out on Bareddy Anusha, Bangladeshsneaked home for their first ever ODI victory against India in sixth attempt.Bangladesh, earlier, avoided being swept in three-match T20 series, winningthe third match.The second ODI is on Tuesday at the same venue.

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