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Bangladesh clinch victory but fail to book semi ticket

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 26 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh clinch victory but fail to book semi ticket

Bangladesh U-19 Women’s team clinched a five-wicket win over UAE in their second and last Super Six Group 1 match in Potchefstroom, South Africa on Wednesday but the win couldn’t ensure them a semifinal ticket in the ongoing ICC U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup.

The junior Tigresses needed to earn a big win over UAE to book their place in the last four and for that, they were also required to bat first so that they could make a massive total and then bowled the opposition all out cheaply to leapfrog Australia in the points table by virtue of net run rate.

However, Bangladesh’s losing the toss and UAE’s opting to bat first confirmed the junior Tigresses’ exit

from the tournament when a ball wasn’t even bowled in the game at North-West University No1 Ground on Wednesday.

Rabeya Khan then led the Bangladeshi bowling attack by claiming 3-14 while Marufa Akter took two wickets as the junior Tigresses restricted UAE to 69-9 in 20 overs.

UAE opener Lavanya Keny struck the highest 29 off 46 balls while Mahika Gaur (17) was the only other batter to reach the double-digit mark.

Bangladesh, in reply, lost three early wickets in the short run-chase as they were reduced to 22-3 in the fifth over.

Rany Saha (one), Afia Humaira Anam Prottasha (15) were dismissed by Indhuja Nandakumar while Sumaiya Akter (0) was trapped in front by Mahika.

Shorna Akter (38 off 19 balls) and Rabeya (14 off 13 balls) then steadied Bangladesh ship by adding 46 runs for the fourth wicket to take their side close to the victory before Samaira Dharnidharka removed them both in the same over.

Unnoti Akter hit the winning boundary of Mahika as Bangladesh reached 73-5 in 9.1 overs to finish third in their Super Six Group 1 with six points.

India and Australia, who earned the same six points, progressed to the semifinal stage from this group for having a better net run rate than Bangladesh. Hosts South Africa finished fourth in the group with the same six points.

Bangladesh earlier won all three Group A matches – against Australia, Sri Lanka and USA respectively – to enter into the Super Six phase with a maximum of four points before they lost to South Africa by five wickets in their opening Super Six Group 1 match.