Bangladesh begin Women’s World Cup campaign against India
Bangladesh will kick off their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 campaign on Monday when they take on their Indian counterparts in a Group A game at the WACA Ground in Perth.
The match will start from 5pm Bangladesh Standard Time.
India will be high on confidence as they defeated reigning champions and hosts Australia in the curtain raiser of the tournament by 17 runs, thanks to a magical spell from the leg-spinner Poonam Yadav.
However the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side will have to take Bangladesh lightly at their own cost, as the Tigresses had handed them defeats twice in the 2018 T20 Asia Cup.
Salma Khatun and Co. reached Gold Coast on February 3 and played two practice matches against a local club where they won one game while the other match was washed out due to rain.
Bangladesh can also gather inspiration from their performance in the warm-up game in which they beat Pakistan by five runs before their first practice game against Thailand was rained off without a ball being bowled.
Another fact that can boost Bangladesh’s confidence is that Bangladesh have just won a ICC global event thanks to the Under-19 team.
“Our men’s U19 team showed what was possible when you combine determination, talent and hard work, and they are a massive inspiration for us ahead of this World Cup,” wrote Salma in her exclusive column on ICC’s official website.
This is Bangladesh’s fourth consecutive appearance in the Women’s T20 World Cup. They have won only two of their previous 13 matches, but they will have the feelings in them that now is the time to change history.