Women cricketers brought about an occasion of celebration countrywide bagging the first ever international title of Asia Cup T20 trophy in Malaysia on Sunday. They presented the nation a unique event of celebration edging the six-time champion India for the second time in this tournament. We congratulate the Bangladesh women’s cricket team with rapturous applause. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated the team for this glorious victory.
There is no doubt that proper patronisation and support of the government to this game resulted in this historic success. The brave girls fought heroically throughout the tournament; especially, the way they handled the pressure and remained steady towards achieving the ultimate goal is not only special but also instructive for any world class team.Though the chase of India's small score of 112 seemed easy, at a stage the asking rate swelled to eight runs per over. Obviously, there were nerves aplenty during the chase. But, brilliant Nigar Sultana hit consecutive three boundaries against India’s experienced bowler Jhulan in the 15th over. That was the turning point of the match. And it was possible because of a vivid show of passion for cricket. The beauty of cricket that ‘things may happen in cricket that seem impossible’; thus enriched the stock of golden memories of thousands of supporters in the stadium.
Notably, tigresses' thrilling three-wicket victory was largely dependent on the dashing all-round performance. Especially, the contribution of Rumana Ahmed is remarkable as she picked up two wickets for only 22 in a four-over spell and added 23 valuable runs to the scoreboard at a crucial moment. Khadija Tul Kubra also performed brilliantly with the ball and dismissed two vital batting figures of the Indian side.
Bangladeshi bowlers restricted India to only 112 with a splendid show of perfect bowling. Though the tigresses stumbled a bit by losing first three wickets in quick succession, Nigar and Rumana put the team back on course. The match was a perfect example of team spirit and all-round performance. Reportedly, this was possible because of the initiatives in domestic cricket including the women's national league and the premier league.
We hope this spirit will never lose and continue to propel both tigers and tigresses towards new levels of achievement in days to come.