Bangladesh lost to Sri Lanka in the final!
CRICDOT DESK : After losing to Sri Lanka, ri’s dream of making it to the main stage of the Commonwealth Games women’s cricket came to an end. Bangladesh girls lost by 22 runs. Nigar Sultana’s team won against Scotland after Malaysia and Kenya in the mission to secure tickets for the main episode.
The last match in the group against Sri Lanka was therefore an unannounced ‘final’ for Bangladesh. And Bangladesh did not get up in the main round of the Commonwealth Games after losing in that final. In the last match of the qualifiers in Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lanka scored 136 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in the allotted 20 overs.
In reply Bangladesh managed to score 114 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs. Sri Lanka’s opener Bhishmi Gunaratne returned with 14 runs for the team in the fourth over. But the Tigers could not stop another opener Atapattu. Atapattu made 48 runs off 27 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes.
When he was dismissed in the last ball of the tenth over, Sri Lanka’s collection stood at 72 runs for 3 wickets. Harshita Madhavi’s 19 off 22 balls, Nilakshi De Silver’s 26 off 25 balls and Anushka Sanjivani’s 20 off 18 balls helped Sri Lanka reach the target of 136 runs. Salma Khatun took 1 wicket for 14 runs in 4 overs, Sanjida Akhter gave 17 runs in 3 overs even though she did not get a wicket.
The other four bowlers Suraiya Ajmin took 1 for 12 in 2 overs, Nahida Akhter took 2 for 34 in 4 overs and Rumana Ahmed took 1 for 33 in 4 overs. Ritu Moni was wicketless with 23 runs in 3 overs. In reply, opener Shamima Sultana returned to the dressing room after scoring 7 off 9 balls in the second ball of the third over. Another opener Murshida made 36 off 37 balls with three fours.
Nigar made 20 runs in 2 fours from 21 balls. But then the Bangladeshi batsmen in the name of collapse. Sobhana Mustari, who came down to just five, was unbeaten on 11 off 13 balls. No one else could reach the double digit house. As a result, Bangladesh team could not go for more than 114 runs.
Sri Lanka’s Chamari Atapattu was also great with the ball. He took 3 wickets with 16 runs in 4 overs. He has been the best in all-rounding performance. The 22nd Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham, England next July-August. Sri Lanka has been added as the eighth team after losing to Bangladesh. Bangladeshi girls are having to return home disappointed.
The other six teams in the eight-team tournament are England, Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and the West Indies.