The four-year-old Chhetri, playing in her 121st match for India, was embarrassed to find herself Brazilian in the 2nd minute (goals scored in 922 matches).
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India were a good team in the first half and although they often lost their possession, they seemed to be cruising. They also had a numerical advantage from the 5th minute after Bangladesh player Bishwanath Ghosh was sent off for a foul at Liston Colaco.
But Igor Stemack’s men failed to stop the Bangladeshis from quickly counter-attacking on their track and conceded a goal in the 74th minute to share the points, much to the dismay of the Indian camp.
Bangladesh have always been tough opponents for India, who needed a late draw to draw the first leg of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Kolkata before winning 2-0 in the second leg.
India were on the offensive from the start but they almost fell asleep in a quick counter-attack from Bangladesh and gave central defender Chinglensana Singh Ibrahim an important clearance after whipping Matin Mia on a low cross from the left side.
Bangladesh also got some corners but India climbed after him, Udant Singh, who came back after losing two friendships to Nepal, managed to lose his marker and provided a cross from the side.
Manveer Singh made a weak head-in from such a cross in the 24th minute but was not in the field to miss another three minutes later. Pritam Kotal releases Udanta from the right, who cuts the ball from close range and hits the roof of the perfectly placed field net.
Liston Kolako, who had a great outing, went ahead in the thirtieth minute without any success. Three minutes later, Chhetri struck another strong left foot but goalkeeper Anisur Rahman picked up a diving save.
In the 30th minute, India escaped from the hands of fear, again from the fierce counter-attack of the Bangladeshis. However, goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu saved the dive against Biplo B Ahmed’s shot to keep India’s lead intact.
Stemac replaced Aniruddha Thapa in the middle of the park with a break from Brandon Fernandez and India got a numerical advantage in the 54th minute when Bishwanath Ghosh was sent off for just a goalkeeper to bring down Colaco.
Three minutes before that, though, Bangladesh had an equal chance but Rakib Hossain took a wide shot after feeling free inside the Indian box.
Bangladesh goalkeeper Rahman made a double save in the 1st minute after blocking the shots of Manbir and Udant.
After the hour mark with Lelengmawia and Udanta Rahim Ali instead of Stemak Koleko. But after the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, the Bangladeshis who played under the new coach pulled one back in the th minute in spite of the numerical inferiority.
Yasser Arafat sent a diving header from a swing corner kick to the Indian goal.
India will play their second round-robin league match against Sri Lanka on Thursday.