Talha Kamal

Bangladesh women’s cricket team reaches the final of six-nation ACC Women’s T20 Asia Cup with a 70 run victory against Malaysia at Kinrara Oval, Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur yesterday. This win secures second spot for Bangladesh; India secured top spot earlier by beating arch-rivals Pakistan by 7 wickets. Tigresses will now face India in today’s final.

Winning the toss, Bangladesh skipper Salma Khatun opted to bat first. Opener Shamima Sultana and Ayasha Rahman gave Bangladesh a bright start. They added 59 runs in 10 overs before Ayasha Rahman departed when she gave her wicket to Malaysia’s Sasha Azmi. Later, Fahima-Sanjida started from 87/3 in 16 overs and ended on 123/4in 19.3 overs as Sanjida was run out. Tigresses scored 130 in 20 overs for the loss of four wickets. Opener Shamima Sultana was the highest run-getter for Bangladesh. She scored 43 runs off 54 deliveries, hitting five boundaries, with a strike rate of 79.62.

Chasing the total, Malaysia women were complete contrast to Bangladesh. Yusrina Yaakop kick started their chase with a four at 1.5 overs.  But they lost an early wicket as Jahanara dismissed Christina Nina for 2. The second wicket fell at 5.3 overs, dismissing Yusrina for 11 – leaving Malaysia at only 17 for 2.

Rumana Ahmed took no risks and dismissed Mas for 14. Malaysia was stuck at 32 for 3. Winifred delivered two more boundaries for Malaysia at the 13th and 14th over, bringing the score up to 48 for 4. However, the match was almost done and dusted during that moment. The final over saw 5 more runs before Khadiza Tul dismissed Ainna Hamizah for 1 at the last bowl.

Malaysia women could only manage to score 60 runs for 9 in 20 overs. Only three players managed to reach double figures for Malaysia women cricket team with the highest 17 run knock coming from the skipper Duraisingam’s bat. For Bangladesh, skipper Salma Khatun was pick of the bowlers as she bagged 1 wicket in his four over spell, giving away only 9 runs with a mere economy rate of 2.25 runs per over. Opener Shamima Sultana of Bangladesh was elected player of the match for her 43 runs.

Both India and Bangladesh finished their round robin league campaign with eight points from five matches and the two sides will now lock horns with each other in the grand finale, scheduled to be held Sunday at the same venue.