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Bangladesh women win gold in thrilling final of Asian Games


In an electrifying final of the Asian Games 2019 women’s cricket, Bangladesh women clinched the gold medal defeating Sri Lanka by merely 2 runs.

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Bangladesh women set the target of 91 runs; Sri Lanka, in reply, were bundled out scoring 89 runs in the last over when they needed 7 runs to win the occasion.

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Jahanara Alam was handed the major responsibility of bowling the last over. In first four balls of the over, she claimed a single wicket conceding 5 runs that led Sri Lanka to take 3 runs in last delivery of the innings.

Bangladesh found the ultimate elation when Jahanara restricted the last ball for nought propelling her team to a 2 run victory at the end.

Bangladesh bowlers delivered tough competition from the very beginning of the innings; they gave away just 11 runs in first four overs of the innings of which Jahanara bowled two overs and conceded 8 runs.

On the other end, Salma Khatun bowled two overs where she picked up a wicket giving away just 3 runs.

After the first six overs, Sri Lankan women scored 15 runs for 3 wickets. Following that, Nahida Akter and Khadija-tul-Qubra also claimed one wickets each in their very first overs of the innings.

In the first half of the innings, Bangladesh women also failed to cope with Lankan bowling. The tigress lost the track when they lost 4 wickets in a single over of Umatha.

Sanjida Islam added 15 runs in 12 balls with the help of three boundaries. Opener Murshida Khatun contributed 14 runs in 15 deliveries.

In their stipulated 20 overs, Bangladesh lost 8 wickets to score 91 runs.

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