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U-19 Women’s Tri-Series 2024: Bangladesh U-19 Edge Sri Lanka U-19 In A Low-scoring Thriller

Hosts Bangladesh U-19 team kickstarted their campaign with a handsome five-wicket win in an absolute thriller at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy Ground, Cox’s Bazar. Restricting Sri Lanka U-19 to a diminutive 95/9 in their 20 overs, with no batter getting going it was Bangladesh’s effort with the ball that was commendable.

Bangladesh U-19 won the toss and elected to bowl first. Sri Lanka U-19 was off to a sluggish start losing Nethmi Senarathne for 4 as H Pinky struck early on and Dewmi Vihnaga was also dismissed for an indifferent 5 off 19 balls by Rabeya Khan. Vishmi Rajapaksha and Manudi Nanayakkara then built a partnership in the middle with consistent runs and boundaries coming in periodically.

Before the duo could do any damage after the powerplay was done, Nanayakkara was the first to fall for 10 and Rashmika Sewwandi could not capitalise on her stay at the crease after Nishita Akter Nishi got rid of her for 5. Sri Lanka U-19 was 4 wickets down with their important batters back in the pavilion.

Bangladesh got off to a fine start in the tournament. [Image: BCB]
Bangladesh got off to a fine start in the tournament. [Image: BCB]
Vishmi Rajapaksha was at one end holding the batting together and before she could make the most of her stay at the crease, Nishita Akter Nishi was back to outfox her and get the prized wicket. Shashi Ghimani was finding the runs hard to score and with a caught and bowled executed to perfection by Rabeya Khan, Sri Lanka U-19 was finding it hard to keep the momentum.

Eventually, even as wickets constantly fell Rashmi Nethranjali scored a wily 21 and with Sumundu Nisansala’s 9, Sri Lanka U-19 ended up with 95/9. Bangladesh had a brilliant outing with the ball as Nishita Akter Nishi and Rabeya Khan scalped three wickets respectively with support from Habiba Pinky.

Bangladesh U-19 got off to the run-chase with Sumaiya Akter Suborna striking boundaries at will ensuring an electric start. However, her knock came to an end as Rasmika Sewwandi got the better of her for 14.

Fahmida Choya and Mst Eva then kept the run-chase going through the powerplay as well and Choya was out for 6 as Shashini Gimhani outdid her for 6. Wickets continued to trouble Bangladesh as they lost Sumaiya Akter and Jannatul Maoua in the pursuit of the total.

Eventually, a calm and collected 27 from Mst Eva and Afifia Ashima scoring 27 took Bangladesh U-19 across the line with 1.3 overs to spare. For Sri Lanka U-19, it was Shashini Gimhani’s three wickets that stood out and ensured there was some competition in the match.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh U-19 vs Sri Lanka U-19

Sri Lanka U-19: 95/9 in 20 overs (Rashmi Nethranjali 21, Vishmi Rajapaksha 19; Rabeya Khan 3/13, Nishita Akter Nishi 3/19) lost to Bangladesh U-19: 96/5 in 18.3 overs (Mst Eva 27, Afifa Ashima 27; Shashini Gimhani 3/2) by five wickets.

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