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Bangladesh emerge Women’s T20 Asia Cup champion

Bangladesh emerge Women’s T20 Asia Cup champion

Bangladesh women’s cricket team outplayed India by three wickets to get the first-ever title of the six-nation Women’s T20 Asia Cup at Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday.

Bangladesh got the historic victory against upper-ranked India in a last ball thriller on a chase of 113 runs and Jahanara Alam polished the required two runs in the last balls of the final game to materialise the dream come true.

Bangladesh needed 9 runs off innings last over and Rumana Ahmed was at the batting end to hit 1, 4 and 1 off Harmanpreet Kaur to reduce the requirement to 3 off last 3 balls.

Sanjida Islam was removed in the next ball before Rumana Ahmed was run out adding one run more with scoreboard showing Bangladesh still needing 2 more runs off 1 ball.

Jahanara Alam [2* off 1] did the great job in a cliff-hanger and skipper Salma Khatun companied Jahanara in the end.

Replying to Indians post of 112 for 9 in 20 overs, Bangladesh shored their win for seven wickets in 20 overs where player of the match Rumana Ahmed showed all-round performance scoring 23 off 22 balls, including a boundary, with bat after capturing 2/22 in four overs with ball.

Fargana Hoque and Nigar Sultana paired for 20 off 4.4 in the second stand before Poonam Yadav’s spin got again dismissing Fargana on 55/3 in 11.4 overs.

Bangladesh made a good start with their opening stand of 35 off 6.5 overs between Ayasha Rahman and Shamima Sultana before Poonam Yadav dismissed both the openers in back-to-back deliveries.

Number-four player Nigar Sultana [27 off 24b; 4×4] top-scored for Bangladesh while Ayasha Rahman [17 off 23b; 3×4], Shamima Sultana [16 off 19b;2×4] and Fargana Hoque [11 off 17b; 1×4] were other double digit scorers for the side.

Poonam Yadav (4/9) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (2/19) shared six wickets for India.

Top-scorer Nigar Sultana was caught by Deepti Sharma on 83/4 in 15.2 overs and with that removal Poonam Yadav’s show ended on.

Sent in to bat first, India’s innings spurred with Harmanpreet Kaur’s [56 off 42b; 7×4] half century while experienced top-order batter Mithali Raj [11 off 18b], Veda Krishnamurthy [11 off 10b; 1×4] and Jhulan Goswami [10 off 12b; 1×4] could reaches double digits for India.

Besides Rumana’s two-for, Khadija Tul Kubra (2/23), Jahanara Alam (1/23) and Salma Khatun (1/24) shared four wickets for Bangladesh.

This is Bangladesh’s second win against India in the tournament as the Tigresses earlier got a seven-wicket victory in the league phase.

Bangladesh started the campaign in the meet with a six-wicket loss against Sri Lanka in the first game, and then bounced back for four successive victories; registering seven-wicket wins each against Pakistan and India, crushed Thailand by nine wickets before Saturday’s huge70-run victory against host side Malaysia for final berth.

However, before the day Bangladesh never tasted any title of continental or international tournament in the team-event of any sports disciplines.

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