Bangladesh kept up the momentum in the Women’s U19 Tri-Nation T20 Series 2024 as they registered a second consecutive win. This time it was a 36-run win against Bangladesh at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium (SKICS), Coxs Bazar.
Bangladesh posted 136/4 in their 20 overs quota with knocks from skipper Sumaiya Akter, Arbin Tani and Rabeya in the first essay. They backed it up with a clinical bowling performance as Arif Asima Era, Faria Akter and Rabeya cleaned up the Pakistan batting.
Batting first, Bangladesh had Sumaiya Akter Suborna and Mst Eva kickstart the proceedings. Losing Eva for a knock of 6, it was Arbin Tani and the keeper Suborna who steadied the ship with a crucial 42-run partnership. Suborna’s knock of 24 came to a premature end as Mahnoor Aftab of Pakistan got a breakthrough.
Eventually, it was the duo of Arbin Tani and the skipper Sumaiya Akter who scored imperative knocks of 31 and 32 respectively coupled with a flourish from Rabeya who scored 23 that ensured Bangladesh reached a total of 136 in their 20 overs, with a loss of only four wickets. For Pakistan, the 20 runs conceded in extras would eventually come to bite them back and prove to be the difference in the encounter.
Nonetheless, Anosha Nasir with her two wickets impressed and Mahnoor Aftab with Mahnam Anees were instrumental with the ball to keep the host in control, not exceeding 150. Pakistan was off to a brisk start as Eyman Fatima and Samiya Asfar got them off the blocks with smart and calculated batting. However, their dismissals in the 11th and 14th over were a jolt to the prospects of Pakistan getting across the line.
With the new batter Zootishan Ayyaz also run out in the 14th over, the match was tilting in Bangladesh’s favour. With Mahnam Anees and Laiba Nasir falling without much to show, Pakistan was reeling under pressure.
Komal Khan’s cameo of 14 was a welcome respite but her dismissal complicated it for Pakistan and Bangladesh were running away with the game. Restricting Pakistan to 100 in 20 overs, conceding only three extras- the host made it two wins out of two in the tournament.
For Bangladesh, Afia Asima Era, Rabeya and Faria Akter were amongst the wickets and delivered when the team most needed them.
Women’s U19 Tri-Nation T20 Cricket Tournament 2024
Bangladesh Women U19 VS Pakistan Women U19
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Brief Scores: Bangladesh U19 vs Pakistan U19
Bangladesh U19 136/4 in 20 overs (Sumaiya Akter, Arbin Tani 31; Anosha Nasir 2/22) defeated Pakistan U19 100/7 in 20 overs (Eyman Fatima 39, Samiya Asfar 25; Afia Asima Era 2/12) by 36 runs.