Sri Lanka end Bangladesh women’s WC dream

Bangladesh women have lost their final fixture of the super six round to Sri Lanka women by 42 runs (D/L method). Being a must win game, this defeat has ensured Bangladesh’s exit from the ICC Women’s World Cup qualifier. Set a target of 198, Bangladesh were on 68/5 after 21 overs when rain interrupted the play. Sri Lanka were then declared winner by 42 runs on D/L method.

Opting to bowl first, Bangladesh women restricted the opponents to 197 for 9. Sri Lanka’s total was built on an industrious innings of Chamari Atapattu who scored 84 off 114 with 8 fours and 1 six. Coming at number 3, Chamari was bowled by Salma Khatun as 8th batsman. Salma, with her offspin, was most successful among Bangladeshi bowlers who claimed 3 for 18 in 9 overs with 3 maidens.

Chasing down the total, Bangladesh had a shaky start as they lost their opener Sharmin off the very first ball. Losing wickets on regular intervals, another opener Nigar Sultana attempted a resistance with her 51-ball 24. Shaila Sharmin was also trying to get a grip as she was not out on 21 off 32. However, Bangladesh requiring 129 more runs from 30 overs to win with 5 wickets remaining, heavy shower interrupted the game.