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Champion Tigresses return home today

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 27 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Champion Tigresses return home today
Bangladesh national women’s team celebrate with the trophy after winning the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier by beating Ireland in the final in Abu Dhabi, UAE on Sunday. –ICC PHOTO

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Bangladesh national women’s team will return home today at 08:40am after emerging  as unbeaten champions in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier.

 The Tigresses defeated Ireland by seven runs in the final in Abu Dhabi, UAE on Sunday.

Opener Fargana Hoque starred with the bat in the final as she struck 61 off 55 balls while Rumana Ahmed made 21 runs as Bangladesh posted 120-8 in their 20 overs after being decided to bat first.

Rumana then finished with 3-24 while Sanjida Akter Meghla, Nahida Akter and Shohely Akhter took two wickets each as Bangladesh restricted the opposition to 113-9 in their 20 overs to clinch the title of the competition.

It was the third successive time Bangladesh national women’s team clinched the title of the qualifier event as the last two times they won the trophy were back in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

The Tigresses also finished runners-up in the 2015 edition of the tournament after they lost to Ireland in the final.

Both Bangladesh and Ireland earlier booked their places in the main event of the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in South Africa next year, after winning their respective semifinal on Friday.

On Sunday, Bangladesh lost Murshida Khatun (six) and skipper Nigar Sultana Joty (six) early in their innings before Fargana and Rumana steadied their ship by adding 49 runs for the third wicket.

Both the batters were then dismissed in quick succession while the others failed to accelerate the innings as Bangladesh had to be content with a mediocre total in the final.

Ireland’s Laura Delany took three wickets for her side while Arlene Kelly and Cara Murray took two wickets each.

Bangladesh bowlers then wreaked havoc in Ireland innings as they took wickets at regular intervals and reduced them to 76-8 in the 16th over.

Kelly made an unbeaten 28 off 24 balls to bring some excitement to the match but the Tigresses held their nerves and managed to win the match in the final over.

Bangladesh skipper Nigar, who made 180 runs in five innings, was adjudged player of the tournament.