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ICC Commonwealth Games Qualifier 2022

Tigresses maintain all-win run

Beat Scotland by nine wickets

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 24 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Tigresses maintain all-win run

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Bangladesh women’s national cricket team maintained their all-win run in the five-team qualifying round of the Commonwealth Games Women’s T20 Cricket beating Scotland by nine wickets in their third match at Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

This was the 3rd consecutive win for Bangladesh women in CWG qualifiers after beating the hosts Malaysia by eight wickets in the first match and Kenya by 80 runs in the 2nd match, featuring new records in both batting and bowling.

Bangladesh bowlers put a splendid show with the ball to dismiss Scotland cheaply for 77 in 17.3 overs with Salma Khatun, Suraiya Azmin, Nahida Akter and Sanjida Akter Meghla bagged two wickets each while an unbeaten partnership of 78 runs for the second wicket between Murshida Khatun (50 off 35 balls) and Fargana Hoque (20 of 36) guided Tigresses to pull off the day’s victory in the tournament.

With Sri Lanka already having won three matches, the last match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka today will decide the winners of the five-team tournament, being played to decide the one remaining slot in this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

After Scotland won the toss and chose to bat, Bangladesh bowlers’ discipline bowling caught the Scotland batsmen off guard throughout the innings as batsmen had no answer against Bangladesh pace and spins. Pacer Suraiya Azmin made a terrific figure of 2/12 in three overs which included a maiden over. Nahida Akter, Sanjida Akter Meghla and veteran Salma Khatun also kept up the pressure by taking wickets at regular intervals. 

Scotland opener Sarah Bryce provided 29 runs in facing 32 balls and was the top scorer for the Scotland innings. Katie McGill also added 22 runs in the middle. The duo added 38 runs for the third wickets after they lost two wickets inside 12 runs. And after their exit, Scotland lost their last seven wickets inside just 27 runs. Apart from two, no other Scotland batsmen could reach the double figure.

In reply, Bangladesh lost Shamima Sultana of the very first ball of their run chase. But Murshida Khatun and Fargana Hoque ensured there was no late drama sealing a superb win for the Tigresses.

Murshida who was adjudged the player of the match, hit six fours and a six in her unbeaten fifty while Fargana played a good supporting role on the other end with unbeaten 20 runs.

Bangladesh skipper Nigar Sultana was impressed with her team’s all-round display.

“We didn’t get panic after Scotland built a partnership. We were strict with our own plan. We knew we could break their partnership,” Nigar Sultana said.

Player-of-the-match Murshida revealed her simple game plan after Bangladesh lost a wicket off the first ball of their chase.

 “Until the end, don’t lose my wicket,” Murshida said.