An incensed Indian women captain Harmanpreet Kaur on Saturday left no stone unturned in criticizing the umpiring during the third ODI against Bangladesh, terming it as “pathetic”. India were bowled out for 225 in 49.3 overs, after which Bangladesh scored their highest score against India in the 50-over format, scoring 225/4 batting first, with Fargana Haque (107) scoring her maiden ODI century for her country.
India’s opener Smriti Mandhana top-scored with 59 while middle-order batsman Harleen Deol scored 77, but India collapsed to 225 for four at 191, losing the last six wickets for just 34 runs and having to settle for a draw. three match ODI Series 1-1.
Harmanpreet told the broadcaster after the match, “I think we have got a lot to learn from the game. Apart from cricket, we were very surprised by the kind of umpiring that was happening. Next time we come to Bangladesh, we will make sure we deal with this kind of umpiring and prepare ourselves accordingly.”
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India’s last pair of Jemimah Rodrigues (33 not out) and Meghna Singh (6) took the team close to victory, but a controversial catch-back decision against Meghna has added to India’s woes. (Harmanpreet Kaur vents her frustration – Indian captain breaks stumps in anger during 3rd ODI against Bangladesh: Watch video)
Both Jemima and Meghna looked unhappy with the catch-back decision.
The India captain criticized the on-field umpires, Muhammad Kamruzzaman and Tanveer Ahmed – both locals, and labeled their umpiring as “pathetic”.
Harmanpreet said, “They (Bangladesh) batted really well, batted according to the situation. They were taking singles which were very important. In between we conceded a few runs but when we were batting we controlled the game very well but as I mentioned earlier, there was some pathetic umpiring.”
“We are really disappointed with some of the decisions given by the umpires,” said the Indian skipper, who banged his bat on the stumps and pointed at the umpire in frustration after being given out lbw for 14 off Nahida Akhtar.
The India skipper lauded Harleen Deol for her 77 off 108 balls studded with nine fours.
“She looked very promising in the last game, so we encouraged her to bat freely and she grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Jamie (Jemima) was really good throughout the innings. She played well,” he added.
The Indian captain told the host broadcaster, “(It was) a good game, (a) lot to learn and finally our High Commissioner from India is also there and I wish you could have invited him here, but that’s fine too. And thank you for being here sir.”
Bangladesh recorded their first ODI win against India in the first match when they won by 40 runs via the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method, but the visitors bounced back in the second game to beat the hosts by 108 runs.