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Bangladesh women demolish Maldives

  • Published at 03:02 pm December 5th, 2019
Bangladesh's Nigar Sultana and Fargana Hoque raise their bats after their centuries against Maldives in Pokhara Thursday

During the emphatic win, Nigar Sultana and Fargana Hoque scored centuries, the first ever by Bangladeshi women in this level

Bangladesh U-23 women’s cricket team gave Maldives a harsh lesson as they demolished the hapless side by a massive margin of 249 runs in their South Asian Games T20 match in Pokhara, Nepal Thursday.

During the emphatic win, Nigar Sultana and Fargana Hoque scored centuries, the first ever by Bangladeshi women in this level.

The morning however, did not show the day, as both the Bangladeshi openers were back to the pavilion cheaply after winning the toss, but that actually gave a great chance to Nigar and Fargana to script a huge unbroken stand of 236 runs. 

Joining together on 19/2, Nigar and Fargana bulldozed the bowling with a flurry of boundaries. 

Nigar, who remained not out on 113 off 65 balls, struck three sixes and 14 boundaries.

Fargana meanwhile, did not strike any over boundary but hit as many as 20 fours in her unbeaten 110-run knock that came off 53 balls.

But the wreckage with the cherry was less demolishing for the Islanders as they completely crumbled with the willow in hand, and being skittled out for a mere six runs.

At one stage, Maldives lost eight wickets for just four runs, including a wide and a leg-bye, and their No 10 Shamma Ali emerged as the highest scorer with two runs to see her side finish on par with the lowest ever score in an international match that was made by Mali women against Rwanda women this year.

Ritu Moni and captain Salma Khatun got three wickets apiece, while Nigar was adjudged player of the match. 

With the win, Bangladesh ended their group stage with a 100% record in three matches and they will face the winner of Friday's match between Sri Lanka and Nepal in the gold medal match Sunday.

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