Sri Lanka shatter Bangladesh's Commonwealth Games dreams

Bangladesh confirmed their first-ever appearance in the Women's ODI World Cup but have now fallen short of a qualification to Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. It is exactly the opposite for Sri Lanka.

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Bangladesh confirmed their first-ever appearance in the Women's ODI World Cup but have now fallen short of a qualification to Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. It is exactly the opposite for Sri Lanka.
Both teams came into the 'virtual final' at Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur having three consecutive wins each. Only one team would qualify for the Commonwealth Games to join England, Australia, India, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Barbados (qualified from West Indies region).
Bangladesh could not replicate the bowling performances they have had in this qualifying tournament against Malaysia, Kenya and Scotland. Losing the toss, new-ball bowler Suraiya Azmin struck early for Bangladesh.
But experienced Chamari Athapaththu would go on to hurt Bangladesh with her brisk knock of 48 runs off 28 balls including 6 fours and 3 sixes. Middle order batters added crucial runs to back up Athapaththu's efforts and post a challenging 136 for 6.
Bangladesh had chased a target higher than that in the 2018 Asia Cup (143 vs India in the league stage).
Despite losing Sharmin Sultana early, Murshida Khatun kept the Tigresses in the game with her run-a-ball 36 but Athapaththu sent her back to the pavilion.
Fargana Hoque and skipper Nigar Sultana Joty could not keep up to rising asking rate. Bangladesh fell well short of the target, ending on 114 for 5.
Athapaththu was the star with the ball too with her 3 wickets for 17 runs. The 31-year-old also won the player of the series scoring 221 runs and four wickets.