The third ODI between the India women’s team and the Bangladesh women’s team was tied as the Indian team failed to chase 226 runs in 50 overs. In the rain-interrupted game, India looked in a commanding position before the middle order collapsed against Bangladesh’s spin bowlers. However, the whole match turned into controversy after India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was controversially dismissed.
In the 34th over of the run chase, Harmanpreet was adjourned out by the on-field umpires after a ball nabbed her bat or pad. The decision didn’t go well with Harmanpreet, as she smashed stumps in rage and had an aggressive verbal chat with the umpires. After that, reports claimed that Harmanpreet called the umpires to have a photo session with the Bangladesh Women’s team as they were part of it.
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Speaking on all this incident, Bangladesh Women skipper Nigar Sultana slammed her Indian counterpart and said that she should have behaved in another way. “It is totally her problem. I have nothing to do with it. As a player, she could have shown better manners. I can’t tell you what happened, but it didn’t feel right to be there [for the photograph] with my team. It wasn’t the right environment. That’s why we went back. Cricket is a game of discipline and respect,” she said.
“What do you think?”, Smriti Mandhana asks Harmanpreet Kaur
Speaking with reporters after the game, India Vice-Captain Smriti Mandhana slammed reporters trying to criticise Harmanpreet Kaur’s behaviour. Backing her leader, Mandhana said, “In any match, sometimes it happens that you are not really happy with the kind of… especially when there is no DRS in the series this time.”
“We expect a little better level—II would term it in a better way—of umpiring in terms of some decisions because it was very evident in some decisions that there was not even a second thought given if the ball hit the pad. Not even one-second thought was given, and the finger went up,” Mandhana said, suppressing her anger with a more balanced reply.