Opener Sharmin Akhter smacked the first-ever century for Bangladesh in ODI cricket as Bangladesh dealt the USA a 270-run humiliation in their second Group B match of the ongoing ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifiers at Sunrise Sports Club ground in Harare, Zimbabwe on Tuesday.
Sharmin’s career-best unbeaten 130 and middle-order batsman Fargana Hoque’s breezy half-century, followed by a clinical bowling display helped Tigresses picked up their second straight victory of the tournament in fashion.
In reply, Salma Khatun, Fahima Khatun and Rumana Ahmed claimed two wickets apiece to bundle out the USA for just 52 in 30.3 overs. The USA could not recover from a top-order meltdown during a run chase and kept on losing wickets at regular intervals to slump to their humiliating defeat in their first match of the tournament.
It was an abysmal batting performance by the USA with only two batsmen who could reach the double-digit.
Tara Norris (16) and Moksha Chaudhary (8) chipped in with a 27-run stand but could only delay the inevitable.
Earlier Put into bat first, Tigresses rode on a 96-run dominating opening stand between centurion Sharmin Akhter and Murshida Khatun before Sharmin and Fargana Hoque were involved in another substantial partnership of 137 to post an imposing 322 for five in 50 overs. Sharmin top-scored an unbeaten 141-ball 130 while Fargana provided a good supporting role with 67 off 62 balls.
With the in-form Bangladesh batting line-up, USA bowling looked more erratic than before and runs were coming thick and fast. There were huge partnerships from the Bangladesh top order, with Sharmin leading the way for the umpteenth time.
The Bangladesh batsmen did not spare a single USA bowler as it rained boundaries when they were batting in full flow.
The top three teams from each of the two groups will play in the Super Six stage while the top three teams after the end of the Super Six stage will qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 scheduled to be held in New Zealand from March 4 to April 3 next year.