Bangalore: Harmanpreet Kaur came to the fore for the second time in two matches, hitting a century and taking two wickets to help India Women beat Bangladesh Women by 46 runs in the second One-Day International at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad on Wednesday (April 10). With this win, India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, after Kaur had hit 63 not out to guide India to a five-wicket win in the first ODI.
India won the toss and batted first, putting up a formidable 256 for 6 in 50 overs, and then restricted Bangladesh to 210 for 9.
Kaur and Poonam Raut, the opener, came together for a crucial 109-run partnership in 21.1 overs after India had lost two wickets with 75 on the board. Once Raut was bowled by Jahanara Alam, Kaur shared a 52-run stand with Anagha Deshpande, the wicketkeeper, during the course of which she reached her second ODI century. Her first hundred had come against England Women in the Women's World Cup earlier this year, when she hit 107 not out. Kaur fell to Salma Khatun, the Bangladesh captain, for 103 runs (100 balls), but by then the damage was already done for Bangladesh.