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Women’s U-19 Tri Nation T20 Series

Tigresses beat Pakistan again

Published : 31 Jan 2024 09:42 PM

The Bangladesh Women U-19 cricket team won all four outings in the ongoing T-20 series in the group stage as they beat Pakistan by four wickets at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium, Cox’s Bazar, on Wednesday.

This was the second time in the double-leg tournament that the young Tigresses beat Pakistan. In the first-leg match, they outclassed Pakistan by 36 runs. Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka in the final at the same venue on Friday. The Young Tigresses ensured the final after edging past their Sri Lankan counterparts by just one run at the same venue on Sunday.

The home side posted 114 for the loss of six wickets, riding on player of the match Rabeya Khan’s unbeaten 50.

Therefore, the match against Pakistan was just for participation for Sumaiya Akhter & co. However, Bangladesh did not take the opposition lightly.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh won the toss and sent Pakistan bat first.

Openers Eyman Fatima and Samiya Afser started the inning, but the pair could not go a long way. Pakistan lost its first wicket with just 15 runs on the board.

Euman Fatima was caught by Sumaiya Akhter Suborna and bowled by Rabaya Khatun. She scored eight of nine balls with two boundaries.

Samya Afser and Areesha Ansari overcame the primary disaster, and they added 74 runs off 96 balls in the second wicket partnership.

Samiya Afser managed 48 runs off 58 balls with five fours. She was run out. Areesha scored 26 runs on 41 balls. Pakistan lost their wickets at regular intervals. Their three batters were run out. Bangladeshi bowler Rabaya Khatun claimed two wickets, conceding 16 runs.

To chase the winning target of 97 runs, Bangladesh lost six wickets, leaving 18 balls in hand.

Opening batter and wicketkeeper Sumaia Akhter Suborna could not open her account after facing five balls. Bangladesh's first run came from extra. They lost the first wicket for one run.

Eva and Jannatul Maoua tried to bounce back, but they added only 24 runs in their second-inning partnership. Eva bowled Anisha Nasir. She scored 14 off 10 balls with three boundaries.

Maoua and skipper Sumaiya Akhter also failed to collect a big score. They added only 15 runs in the third-wicket partnership. At one stage, Bangladesh lost three wickets and just 40 runs. Maoua collected only nine runs off 12 balls, hitting four.

At this crucial stage, Sumaiya and Afifa Asima took the charge, and they scored 47 runs off 49 balls. Bangladesh lost its fourth wicket of 87 runs.

Skipper made 38 runs from 40 deliveries, hitting three fours. Afifa scored 16 runs on 23 balls. Bangladesh lost another two wickets and just 10 runs.