AGENCIES

SYLHET-India's campaign in the Women's World T20 slipped further off course as they suffered a heavy five-wicket loss to England. Anya Shrubsole and Jenny Gunn wrecked the batting line-up, which if not for Mithali Raj's half-century might have presented a grimmer sight than the eventual 98-9. The two England seamers were remarkably effective, accounting for six batsmen and costing only 21 runs from their full quota. Shrubsole was judged Player of the Match for figures of 4-1-6-3.

India seemed to have exhausted their stock of good luck after winning the toss as they slumped to 31 for 5 in the ninth over, with all those dismissed failing to reach double-figures. At the other end, the captain Raj struck a doughty 56-ball 57. Her dismissal in the 17th over ended all hopes for late acceleration, but India managed to last the 20 overs.

Bangladesh met West Indies for the second time in 24 hours and for the second time, the home side botched the chase. Bangladesh Women, playing their opening game against West Indies Women, did everything right in the first half unlike their male counterparts on the previous night, but slumped in the second half to concede the match.

Chasing a modest target of 116, the Bangladesh openers made a steady start, scoring 19 in 5.4 overs of graft. But once legspinner Shaquana Quintyne made the first breakthrough, the innings lost its way. West Indies kept picking up regular wickets to not let Bangladesh get back up on their feet. A stand of 28 for the fifth wicket between Rumana Ahmed and Nuzhat Tasnia raised faint hopes but once Tasnia was dismissed by the offspin of Anisa Mohammed, the team caved in.

BRIEF SCORES:

England Women 98 for 5 (Taylor 28, Dabir 2-21) beat India Women 95 for 9 (Raj 57, Shrubsole 3-6, Gunn 3-15) by five wickets

West Indies Women 115 (Dottin 34, Kubra 3-24, Salma Khatun 2-11) beat Bangladesh Women 79 (Quintyne 3-5, Smartt 2-9) by 36 runs