SA Games Cricket

Tigresses make history

Sports Desk

6 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Bangladesh Women’s Cricket Team pulled off a historic 249-run victory against the Maldives in their third game of the ongoing 13th South Asian Games at Pokhara in Nepal on Thursday.

Bangladesh won the toss and batted first, posting a mammoth total of 255 runs for two wickets in 20 overs against the Maldives.

Shamima Sultana and Sanjida Islam departed early in the game, scoring only 5 and 7 runs respectively.

But in the third wicket stand, Nigar Sultana and Fargana Haque recorded a massive partnership of 236 runs.  Both Nigar and Fargana hit centuries and were unbeaten on 113 and 110 runs respectively. Nigar smashed 13 fours and three sixes while Fargana decorated her innings with 20 fours.

In reply, the Maldives, the most inexperienced team of the cricket event, were wrapped in for only 6 runs in 12.1 overs. Seven of their 11 batsmen failed to score any run in the match.

Ritu Moni bagged 3 wickets conceding only 1 run in 4 overs while captain Salma Khatun also scalped 3 wickets conceding two runs in 3.1 overs.

Puja Chakraborty and Nahida Akter took one wicket each while two batters of the Maldives were dismissed run-out.

Eventually, Bangladesh won the game by a big margin of 249 runs.

Earlier, Bangladesh women beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets and Nepal by 10 wickets in their first two games. With Thursday’s win, Bangladesh ensured the final of the event which will be played on December 8 at the same venue.