For Bangladesh, Sanjida Islam and Nigar Sultana were the top scorers with 35 and 39 runs each. Photo Courtesy: ACC Facebook Page
For Bangladesh, Sanjida Islam and Nigar Sultana were the top scorers with 35 and 39 runs each. Photo Courtesy: ACC Facebook Page

Bangladesh came up with the most commendable performance of the year, as they bounced back in style and beat minnows Nepal by massive 92 runs, in Match 8 of the ongoing ACC Women’s Asia Cup T20 2016, at the Asian Institute of Technology Ground in Bangkok on Monday. For Bangladesh, Sanjida Islam and Nigar Sultana were the top scorers with 35 and 39 runs each, while in the bowling department, it was Fahima Khatun, who claimed 4 wickets for just 8 runs. As for Nepal, it was Sangita Rai, who claimed 2 wickets, while in the batting, Sita Rana Magar was the top scorer with 15 runs, as the other batters failed to get into the double figure mark. FULL Cricket Updates, NEP vs BAN, ACC Women’s Asia Cup T20 2016, Match 8

Earlier, Bangladesh skipper Rumana Ahmed won the coin toss, and elected to bat first, as they were off to a flying start, with the openers Islam and Sultana putting the opening 71-run stand until the 12th over, when Islam was the first to depart. She was followed by Ayasha Rahman for mere 4 in the 13th over, just eight runs later.

At the score of 103, it was Sultana, who departed in the 17th over, while just five runs later, it was the final wicket of the Bangladesh innings in the form of Shaila Sharmin, who departed for 19 in the 18th over, while it was the pair of Rumana and Fahima Khatun, who batted until the end to allow Bangladesh to finish on a challenging total of 133 for the loss of 4 wickets in the allotted 20 overs.

As for Nepal, the chase was never going to be easy, as they started off on a shaky note, with the opening wicket falling with just seven runs on the board in the form of Jyoti Pandey, while she was followed by Sita Rana Magar, who was the only doble figure scorer and the top scorer of the tie from the side, as she was dismissed at the score of 19 in the sixth over.

Following her dismissal, no other batter could come up with a steady performance, as they lacked partnerships. The top-order, middle-order, and the lower order, all fell prey to the scoreboard pressure, while the Bangladesh bowlers hardly gave them any opportunity to fire. Khatun finished as the top wickettaker in the match with 4 scalps for just 8 runs, as Bangladesh bowled Nepal out within just 10 overs, thus claiming the all-important 2 points.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh Women 133 for 4 in 20 overs (Sanjida Islam 35*, Nigar Sultana 39*; Sangita Rai 2 for 31) beat Nepal Women 41 in 10 overs (Sita Rana Magar 15; Fahima Khatun 4 for 8) by 92 runs.

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