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Junior Tigresses guard against complacency

Take on Sri Lanka in U-19 T20 WC today

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  • 16 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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Junior Tigresses guard against complacency

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Bangladesh Under-19 Women’s National Team are guarding against complacency as they will take on Sri Lanka in the ongoing ICC Women’s Under-19 T20 World Cup Group A match at Willowmoore Park B Field in Benoni, South Africa today.

The match is scheduled to start at 02:00pm (BST) and will be telecast live on Rabbithole.

Junior Tigresses stunned the cricket fraternity by earning a seven-wicket victory over Australia in the opening match of the inaugural edition of the tournament.

BCB sent a strong 15-member squad for the maiden edition of the tournament with three members of the squad -- Rabeya, Marufa Akter and Dilara Akter have already experience representing the national team while their U-19 skipper Disha Biswas was part of the Bangladesh women’s team’s recent tour of New Zealand.

The Under-19 team prepared for this World Cup meticulously as they played regular practice matches with the Under-15, Under-16, and Under-17 and Under-18 boys; as a result, they never looked getting fazed away facing the mighty Australian.

Bangladesh are carrying a good confidence as their preparation for the  tournament  began with an impressive win over the hosts South Africa in a warm-up fixture while they returned with an even bigger scalp by beating India in their second warm-up fixture to announce their arrival in the tournament.

The seven-wicket win over pre-tournament favourites Australia completed the set, making it three wins from three matches since they arrived in South Africa, all coming against teams with higher rankings in senior women’s cricket.

However, skipper Disha Biswas looks focused on making sure that her teammates don’t make the mistakes of taking everything for granted following their historic win over Australia. “We are not over the moon that we won the game (against Australia),” Disha said after the game. “We are looking for day-to-day improvement,” she said.

A total of 16 teams divided into four groups of four are taking part in the tournament. Bangladesh will play their next match against the USA on January 18 at the same venue.

The top three teams from each group will progress to the Super Six League stage, where qualifying teams from Group A will play against two of the qualifying teams from Group D, and qualifying teams from Group B will play against two of the qualifying teams from Group C.

The top two sides from each of the Super Six Leagues will progress to the semifinals, with the final taking place on January 29.