India begin Women’s World T20 with win

Bangladesh v India

The defeat was Bangladesh’s second heaviest in T20s in terms of runs

India opened the Women’s World Twenty20 with a 72-run victory over Bangladesh.

Captain Mithali Raj made 42 off 35 balls, Harmanpreet Kaur 40 from 29 and Vellaswamy Vanitha 38 off 24 in India’s 163-5 in Bangalore.

Anuja Patil claimed 2-16 and Poonam Yadav 2-17 as Bangladesh managed only 91-5 en route to their second heaviest T20 defeat in terms of runs.

New Zealand play Sri Lanka at 14:00 GMT on Tuesday, while England face Bangladesh at 10:00 on Thursday.

The men’s tournament gets under way at 14:00 GMT on Tuesday when India meet New Zealand in Nagpur.

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