Nigar tons up as Bangladesh Emerging take 2-0 lead

Bangladesh Emerging Women have comprehensively beaten South Africa Emerging Women by seven wickets in the second one-day match at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.

Nigar Sultana raises her arms on reaching three-figure mark. Photo: BCB

 

The five-match series is led by 2-0 by the hosts.

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Bangladesh Emerging managed to keep South Africa, who opted to bat first, restricted at 196/8. The total was chased down by Bangladesh with 27 balls to spare.

Nigar Sultana completed a hundred coming in at three, making unbeaten 101 runs from 135 balls of which 11 met the boundary rope.

Openers Sharmin Sultana (7) and Murshida Khatun (21) departed early in the chase. Last match’s performer Fargana Hoque Pinky (19) also followed the suit.

Rumana joined Nigar in an unbroken stand of 115 runs that saw Bangladesh Emerging home. Rumana remained not out on 69-ball 45 runs.

For the visitors, Andrie Steyn showed the way. After a slow 57-run opening stand between her and Robyn Searle (19), South Africa Emerging lost three wickets in quick succession. Anneke Bosch’s 42 off 58 settled down the situaion in a 78-run partnership with Steyn.

Nigar tons up as Bangladesh Emerging take 2-0 lead
Bangladesh Emerging Women celebrate a wicket. Photo: BCB

 

Steyn remained the top-scorer – 80 runs from 118 balls with seven boundaries.

Left-arm spinner Nahida Akter and right-arm medium pacer Ritu Moni shared six wickets between them, three each. Salma Khatun’s off-spin brought one wicket for 23 runs in ten overs.

Brief scores:

South Africa Emerging Women 196/8 in 50 overs (Steyn 80, Bosch 42; Ritu 3/25, Nahida 3/35)

Bangladesh Emerging Women 197/3 in 45.3 overs (Nigar 101*, Rumana 45*; Bosch 1/31)

Bangladesh Emerging Women won by 7 wickets

Player of the Match: Nigar Sultana