However, what caught the eye was Shafali’s three-ball duck, and again a distinct lack of footwork from middle pacer Marufa Akter.
The young Haryana resident is one of the biggest talents in the country and has already played 57 T20I matches before reaching her 20th birthday.
While she can be breathtaking when she plays, her consistency is an issue, with only one 50+ ball in the last 10 games in the shortest version of the tournament.
Her last T20I half-century came last year against the Australians during the home series, and after that she had a quiet World Cup in South Africa. A few technical issues remain, which head coach Amol Muzumdar is expected to resolve in the coming days.
Bangladesh is the kind of opponent that will give Shafali a good chance to regain form and score big at the top of the team. Harmanpreet’s team has shown how big the gulf in cricketing standards is between the two teams and it will be a shame if Bangladesh win on Tuesday and restore parity in the series.
The difference in the quality of play between the two teams was evident when Bangladesh took the field, with Shorna Akter being the only player who managed to at least score a strike ball as she made two sixes in 28 balls to take the hosts past the 100-run mark.
In India’s favor is the fact that all the top seven batters of BBhatia (cc), Harleen Deol, Devika Vaidya, Uma Chhetri (cc), Amanjot Kaur, S Meghna, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Anjali Sarvani, Monica Patel, Rashi Kanojia, Anusha Bareddy, Minnu Mani.
Bangladesh: Nigar Sultana (c/w), Shamima Sultana, Murshida Khatun, Sobhana Mostari, Shorna Akhtar, Ritu Moni, Nahida Akhtar, Fahima Khatun, Rabeya Khan, Shanjida Akhtar, Salma Khatun, Marufa Akhtar, Dilara Akhtar, Disha Biswas, Sultana Khatun, Shathi Rani.