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WT20I a huge disappointment for Bangladesh women

  • Published at 04:55 pm December 28th, 2018
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Bangladesh's Jahanara Alam celebrates cleaning up Sri Lanka's Yasoda Mendis during their World T20I match in St Lucia Thursday ICC

This article was published in the December issue of Sports Tribune Magazine

After winning the Asia Cup 2018, Bangladesh women’s cricket team were confident of doing well in the World T20I, but they exhibited a miserable show in the flagship ICC event losing all the matches. 

Bangladesh became the champion of the qualifiers earlier this year that allowed them to take part in the competition, but following the disappointing results, they have to play qualifiers once again to play the next tournament proper.  

Despite the disappointing results, Bangladesh’s bowling and fielding were bright throughout the tournament, but the batting was the only department that let them down. 

The fact was most evident against Sri Lanka, whom Bangladesh expected to beat as they are the closest in the ranking, but the red and green batters failed to chase even a paltry total of 97.

Bangladesh batters seemed clueless while they were chasing the total, as they could not find the gaps to pick singles, let alone scoring boundaries, and were bundled out for just 72. 

Bangladesh team manager Nazmul Abedeen Fahim also blamed the batting failure for the debacle. 

“We expected better results to be honest. Sri Lanka were a team we beat in the Asia Cup, so we wanted to get a positive result there,” said Fahim to Dhaka Tribune. 

“The batting really was the main issue here. I wouldn’t blame the conditions really. There was a lack of planning and execution. The mindset really wasn’t right and these are areas we really have to work on if we are to get better,” he added. 

However, bowling was the brightest thing for Bangladesh as they could contain most of their opponents. 

The Sri Lanka tie was the best example, but containing host West Indies for just 106/8 in their first game was not a mean feat. 

However, the Tigresses batters were meek in that game, as they were all out for just 46 chasing the target. 

Bangladesh pacer Jahanara Alam, who was nominated as the 12th player in the ICC’s best team of the tournament, picked up three wickets in each of the games against the Windies and Sri Lanka. 

Captain Salma Khatun was also impressive with her spin bowling as she grabbed six wickets in four matches, while Khadija-tul Kubra and Rumana Ahmed got five and four wickets respectively. 

Fahim praised her bowlers, and also lamented the lack of application from the batters. 

“Have to say the bowling was better. Jahanara was very impressive with her fast bowling and the spinners did their job. The totals we had to chase were not too big. If the batters did their job, things would have been different,” Fahim explained. 

After losing to the West Indies, Bangladesh lost to England in the rain-effected match, and then lost the crucial game against Sri Lanka that eliminated them from the tournament. 

However, a win against South Africa would not only have saved their faces, but also would have spared them from playing the qualifiers next time around. 

But the familiar pattern prevailed as bowlers did well containing the opponent for 109, and the batters squandered the opportunity making only 79/5 in 20 overs. 

Before the tournament, Bangladesh eyed the semi-final of the tournament, and their least goal was to avoid the next qualifying round, but their progress, which was achieved by winning Asia Cup and the qualifying round, was reverted with the disappointing campaign. 

However, a dejected Fahim was looking forward as he thought the women can fight back with their future assignments. 

“Our next series is around March in the South Asian games. And after that, we have a tour of Pakistan. So let’s hope for the best,” concluded Fahim.

Nov 9

West Indies 106 for 8 in 20 overs (Knight 32, Taylor 29, Jahanara 3-23) beat Bangladesh 46 in 14.4 overs (Dottin 5-5) by 60 runs

Nov 12

England 64 for 3 in 9.3 overs (Jones 28*, Sciver 23) beat Bangladesh 76 for 9 in 20 overs (Ayasha 39, Gordon 3-16) by seven wickets (DLS method)

Nov 14

Sri Lanka 97 for 7 in 20 overs (Siriwardene 31, Alam 3-21) beat Bangladesh 72 in 20 overs (Attapatu 3-17, Prabodhani 2-6, Siriwardene 2-10) by 25 runs

Nov 18

South Africa 109 for 9 in 20 overs (Kapp 25, Salma 3-20, Tul Kubra 2-20) beat Bangladesh 79 for 5 in 20 overs (Rumana 34*) by 30 runs

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