Bangladesh, who elected to field first, restricted Sri Lanka to 122 runs before their batters did a commendable job reaching 126/3 with seven balls to spare to clinch a vital win against their main title rival
The Bangladesh women’s cricket team made a good start at the South Asian Games 2019, beating Sri Lanka by seven wickets in Pokhara, Nepal Tuesday.
Bangladesh, who elected to field first, restricted Sri Lanka to 122 runs before their batters did a commendable job reaching 126/3 with seven balls to spare to clinch a vital win against their main title rival.
The Sri Lankan openers gave them a solid start with 34 runs, and the position was further strengthened with a 50-run second wicket stand.
However, just as the Lankans were looking to accelerate, their dangerous opener Umesha Thimashini was run out for 56, leaving her side on 82/2 in the 13th over.
With many wickets in hand, the Islanders were looking for a much bigger score, but Bangladeshi spinner Nahida Akter bagged four to restrict them to a run-a-ball total.
In reply, Bangladesh lost opener Murshida Khatun for just eight, but her opening partner Ayesha Rahman (29) and Sanjida Islam formed a run-a-ball 53-run stand to keep the chase on track.
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Despite losing Ayesha and the early dismissal of next batter Nigar Sultana (six), player of the match Sanjida continued her onslaught and finished not out on 51 off 45 balls when the Tigresses sealed the victory.
Fargana Hoque gave her a good support and was not out on 23 off just 18 balls at the end of play.
Bangladesh will play their second match of the 4-team tournament Wednesday against host Nepal, who smashed Maldives in the first match by bundling them out for just 16.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh men’s team will start their campaign Wednesday against Maldives at Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur.
Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan are the other three teams in the tournament.