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Tri-Nation U-19 Women’s T-20

Bangladesh win a thriller against Sri Lanka

Published : 28 Jan 2024 09:27 PM

Visiting Sri Lankan Under-19 Women needed nine runs in the last over to win the match against hosts Bangladesh but Jannatul Maoua conceded seven runs to snatch the victory.  

Skipper asked Jannatul Maoua to bowl the last over. Her first delivery was called for No-ball and Sri Lankan women had a free-hit and the batter Vishmi Rajapaksha took two runs. The one down batter Vishmi Rajapaksha, who batted for along to score 26 runs off 29 balls with hitting three boundaries and six. 

In that stage, it looked that Sri Lankans were on the way to win the match. But the drama was not ended, when Vishmi Rajapaksha hit a boundary in the first ball of the over after the free-hit. Jannatul Maoua did not concede runs in the next two balls and stunned Vishmi Rajapaksha trapping her for Lbw in the last ball of the innings and Bangladesh grabbed exciting one run victory in the series at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium, Cox’s bazar on Sunday. 

Sumaiya Akhter’s sides ensured the final after defeating Sri Lanka after a dramatic one run win. 

Earlier, Young Tigresses won the toss and decided to bat first. Hosts collected 114 runs losing four wickets in 20 overs. 

Middle order batter Rabeya Khan, who scored the first 50 in the ongoing tournament, was the top scorer for the team when she was unbeaten with 50 runs off 40 balls with six fours on the day.  Bangladesh saw big setback at the early stage when they lost four wickets for only 28 runs by 5.2 overs. Two right-handed batters Rabeya and Afifa halt the damage with adding 70 runs in the fifth wicket partnership from 13.3 overs. 

Afifa scored 31 runs from 46 deliveries with two boundaries before being trapped Lbw by spinner Nanayakkara.  To chase the target of 114 runs Sri Lanka were restricted on 113 runs for five in 20 overs. 

Left hand batter Dewmi Vihanga was the top scorer for the visitors with 30 runs off 34 balls. Opening batter Nethmi Senarathne made 27 runs from 37 deliveries. 

Bangladeshi bowlers Rabeya Khan, Nishita Akhter Nishi, Anisa Akhter and Jannatul Maoua claimed one wicket apiece with conceding 18, 26, 30 and 7 runs respectively.