Bangladesh women bag first WT20 win

Electing to bat first, the hosts posted 115 for 9 with Rumana Ahmed top-scoring with 41 off 34 balls at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium.

Chasing 116 for victory, Sri Lanka finished on 112 for 9 in their 20 overs.

Bangladesh were already out of the competition losing their first three matches. Sri Lanka women were also already eliminated from the competition

Bangladesh lost their opener Ayasha Rahman (5) in the first over.

Sharmin Akhter and skipper Salma Khatun paired up for a 30-run recovery stand for the second wicket.

Salma scored 22 runs off 18 balls before departing in the sixth over. The skipper and Lata Mondal’s dismissal within four runs triggered a spectre of collapse.

Rumana Ahmed, in at five, took charge for Bangladesh. She added 23 runs with Sharmin Akhter (18) for the fourth wicket and 32 runs with Fahima Khatun (14) for the seventh wicket to lead her team to the total.

This is their first 100-run innings in the tournament.

Rumana played an aggressive knock scoring 41 runs off 34 balls, smashing three boundaries.

Chandima Gunaratne (2-15) and Udeshika Prabodhani (2-18) bowled well for the Lankans.

In reply, Sri Lanka stumbled in the start of their chase of 116 for victory.

Opener Hasini Perera (1) was bowled off Jahanara Alam in the second over.

But the other opener Yasoda Mendis added 37 runs with Chamari Atapattu (17) for the second wicket and 28 runs with Shashikala Siriwardene for the third wicket.

Mendis scored a run-a-ball 33, smashing 5 boundaries.

At one stage Sri Lanka required 49 runs off 53 balls with 7 wickets at hand. Siriwardene (3) was at the crease for them. But controlled bowling from Panna Ghosh and the other Bangladesh bowlers restricted Sri Lanka to 112, just three runs short.

Siriwardene, after scoring 31 off 36 with two boundaries, walked back in the first ball of the last over.

Panna Ghosh (3-18), the hosts’ pace-woman, was the peak of Bangladeshi bowlers. Jahanara, off-spinner Salma and leg-spinner Rumana picked up a wicket each.

Rumana was adjudged Woman of the Match for her contributions with both the bat and the ball.

Source: Bd news24

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