Hosts Bangladesh kept their winning streak alive with another edge-of-the-seat thriller win versus Sri Lanka at the SKICS, Cox Bazar Stadium on 28th January. Batting first, Bangladesh posted a competitive 114/6 on the board with Rabeya’s 40 and Afia Asima Era’s 31.
And with Sri Lanka also boasting crucial knocks of 30 by Dewmi Vihanga Wijerathne and 27 by Nethmi Poorna Senarathna, they seemed on track but a couple of lost opportunities and wickets meant Bangladesh sealed a one-run win, in a match that went down to the wire.
Bangladesh had the openers of Sumaiya Akter Suborna and Mst Eva not have one of the most ideal days as the former was dismissed for 1 and the latter for an indifferent 9 off 15. With Arbin Tani also falling subsequently, the proceedings got complicated. The skipper Sumaiya Akter got off to a start with a knock of 12 but could not convert to a big knock.
However, it was Rabeya and Afia Asima Era whose partnership came to bail out Bangladesh out of trouble. The duo batted with a lot of maturity and assurance that lent a much-needed solidity to the batting at the given time. While Rabeya played the more attacking game, Afia Era was the perfect partner to keep the proceedings tight from the other end.
With Ers dismissed for 31 and a run out of Habuba Islam Pinky, it was Rabeya who remained not out for 50 as Bangladesh ended with 114/6. Sri Lanka had their bowlers Shashini Gimhani Wejeyarathna, Manudi Dulansa Nanayakkara and Dewmi Vihanga each scalp one wicket to restrict Bangladesh.
The job was cut out for Sri Lanka and they kickstarted their proceedings with Nethmi Poorna Senarathna and Dewmi Vihanga Wijerahtne offering a much-needed crucial partnership right at the top of the order. With the total not seeming that daunting, the duo took time to acclimatise to the conditions while also negotiating with whatever was on offer which was reflected.
The first breakthrough for Bangladesh was when the wicket-keeper Senarathna was dismissed for 27 and in a span of an over and a half, Dewmi Vihanga was out for 30. Two settled batters were dismissed and Bangladesh seemed to crawl their way back into the match. However, with Vishmi Gunarathna and Manudi Dulansa Nananyakkara, another solid partnership was formed and the duo batted through the tricky phase.
Bangladesh yet again found a respite dismissing skipper Nananyakkara for 13 and even as Vishmi Gunarathna marched on, the quick wickets of Rashmi Nethranjali and Shashini Gimhani were detrimental to Sri Lanka’s prospects.
The last two overs saw Vishmi Gunarathna and Rashmi Nethranjali get dismissed which meant Sri Lanka lost by a small margin of 1 run. Bangladesh had Rabeya, Nishita Akter Nishi, Anisha Akter Soba and Jannatul Maoua all amongst the wickets that paved the way for a famous win.
Women’s U19 Tri-Nation T20 Cricket Tournament 2024
Bangladesh Women U19 VS Sri Lanka Women U19
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Brief Scores: Bangladesh U19 vs Sri Lanka U19
BAN- 114/6 in 20 overs (Rabeya 50, Afia Asima Era 31; Shashini Gimhani 1/29, Manudi Dulansa Nanayakkara 1/6) defeated SL- 113/5 in 20 overs (Dewmi Vihanga 30, Nethmi Senarathna 27, Vishmi Gunarathna 26; Rabeya 1/18, Jannatul Maoua 1/7) by 1 run.