Bangladesh Women Cricket Team have been passing through a golden period of time in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier. They have secured their third consecutive victory and ensured Semi-final berth of the tournament.
On Tuesday, they thrashed the United Arab Emirates and registered an 8 wickets victory with 79 balls to spare which led the Tigresses to become Group ‘A’ champion with 6 points. Now, they will face Scotland Women in the Semi-final on Thursday.
Earlier, Bangladesh skipper Salma Khatun asked UAE to bat first after winning the toss at Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd. UAE started their innings carefully but Bangladesh’s outstanding bowling effort forced them to score steadily.
All of a sudden, Fahima Khatun, the 25-year-old leg-spinner started dominating over the UAE batters. She grabbed a hat-trick in the 13th over as the first Bangladeshi woman cricketer and turned the match around to Tigresses’ favor. She dismissed UCKA Dona, Oza and Egodage to complete her hat-trick.
In front of her brilliant bowling, UAE became 33/2 to 35/3. After Fahima’s magnificent hat-trick, Rumana Ahmed picked up three wickets in the very next over of the match. Hence, UAE’s innings fallen in a disaster and got out in the 17th over after adding 39 runs on the scoreboard.
Fahima Khatun bagged 4 wickets only for 8 runs while Nahida Akhtar and Rumana Ahmed picked up two wickets each.
In reply, Bangladesh lost Ayesha Akhtar’s wicket early but eventually made a comeback. When the Tigresses were two runs short, they lost another wicket. This time Sanjida got out after scoring quick fire knock of 15 runs off 9 balls. In the same over, Tigresses secured their victory with 8 wickets in hand. Nigar Sultana remained not out at 21. She scored these runs by facing 22 balls.
Watch Fahima’s hat-trick moments here-
Subha Srinivasan and Nisha Ali grabbed one wicket each for UAE.
UAE Women: 39/10 in 16.2 overs.
Oza 18; Fahima 8/4, Nahida 2/2, Rumana 4/2
Bangladesh Women: 40/2 in 6.5 overs.
Nigar 21*, Sanjida 15, Ayesha 2, Rumana 0*
Result: Bangladesh won by 8 wickets.