Tigresses humbled by White Ferns in low-scoring contest
Ritu Moni’s superb bowling went in vain as New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 17 runs in a low-scoring bout at the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup at Junction Oval, Melbourne on Saturday to keep their semifinals hope alive.
Bangladesh, despite not having any prior experience of playing against New Zealand in women’s international cricket, looked to have the upper hand after the first half.
Thanks to Ritu Moni’s four for 18, beating India’s Poonam Yadav’s previous best four for 19 in the tournament, the Tigresses restricted the White Ferns for just 91 runs with 10 balls to spare.
Besides Ritu Moni’s exploits, Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun also took three for 7, bowling just 2.2 overs. Rumana Ahmed was tight in her two for 17 off four overs.
All Bangladesh batters needed was to be patient at the crease to cruise to victory. But unfortunately, that was never to happen, with the wicketkeeper-batter Nigar Sultana Joty’s 21 being Bangladesh’s highest on the board.
Coming to bat at number four, Joty had to be helped from the field when she retired hurt, but later returned at the fall of the eighth wicket.
Wickets kept falling in regular intervals for Bangladesh, and they were 59 for nine at one stage. All credits to Joty, for whom the Tigresses could at least make 74 before getting all out in 19.5 overs.
With their third defeat in a row, Bangladesh are eliminated from semifinals contention, along with Sri Lanka who they meet on Monday.
New Zealand will face Australia on Monday, which will be a virtual quarterfinal.
New Zealand 91 (18.2 overs): Priest 25, Moni 4-18, Salma 3-7
Bangladesh 74 (19.5 overs): Joty 21, Jensen 3-11
New Zealand won by 17 runs.