18-Year-Old Marufa Akter Shines as Bangladesh Secures Historic Win Against India in 1st WODI

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Bangladesh Women achieved their first-ever ODI victory against India with a 40-run triumph on Sunday at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

18-Year-Old Marufa Shines as Bangladesh Secures Historic Win vs India in 1st WODI. (Image Source: Twitter)

In the first game of the three-match ODI series on Sunday, July 16, Bangladesh Women secured a historic 40-run (DLS) victory over India Women at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. This win marked Bangladesh’s maiden ODI triumph against India after losing their previous five encounters.

Despite missing 16-year-old Shorna Akter due to appendicitis, Bangladesh managed to post a modest total of 152 in 43 overs. Captain Nigar Sultana Joty, who expressed confidence in her team’s chances before the series, top-scored with 39 runs off 64 balls. Fargana Hoque Pinky contributed 27 runs, while Sharmin Akhter suffered a run-out without scoring.

Amanjot Kaur was the standout bowler for India, claiming 4 wickets for 31 runs in her 9 overs, supported by Devika Vaidya with 2 wickets. Bangladesh carried their winning momentum from the T20I series, as they had won the final match of the three-match T20I series against India.


During the run-chase, India witnessed a consistent loss of wickets. Despite seven batters reaching double digits, none capitalized on their starts. Deepti Sharma, scoring 20 runs, appeared the most settled until Rabeya Khan dismissed her.

The standout performer was 18-year-old Marufa Akter, who ended with impressive figures of 4 wickets for 29 runs in her 7 overs. Rabeya Khan, who had also claimed three wickets in the third T20I, proved crucial by dismissing Yastika Bhatia, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Deepti Sharma.

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