Women’s U-19 T20 WC: Bangladesh romp to Super Six
DailyStar || Shining BD
Bangladesh U-19s topped Group A in the inaugural ICC U-19 Women's T20 World Cup, picking up a comfortable five-wicket win in their third and final group match against USA at Willowmoore Park B Field, Benoni to make it to the Super Six.
It was a disciplined performance with the ball from the young Tigresses as they restricted USA to 103 for four in 20 overs. USA opener Disha Dhingra (20) and number three Snigdha Paul (26) put up a 57-run stand for the second wicket but runs were hard to come by. Dhingra departed to a run-out in the 15th over and next delivery Bangladesh skipper Disha Bishwas, who led the bowling effort from the front, castled Snigdha to leave USA reeling. Disha finished with two for 13 that included a maiden while another medium pacer, Marufa Akter, bagged one for 17.
In reply, Bangladesh lost openers Sumaiya Akter and Afia Prottasha early, with the former holing out at short fine-leg for 10 before Afia found the fielder at mid-on to depart for seven. In-form Shorna Akter came in and quickly turned the tempo with a 14-ball 22, hitting a glorious six to showcase her growing confidence but was holed out to mid-off while attempting another big one against Sai Tanmayi Eyyunni. Dilara Akter, too, did not carry on to a bigger innings, out for 17 but the young Tigresses never let the run-rate get ahead of them as Rabeya Khan and Misty Shaha took them across the ropes with 2.3 overs to spare.
Bangladesh will now wait for Group D's results to see whether they play South Africa or UAE in their first Super Six match on Saturday, January 21. Courtesy of topping their group, Bangladesh are almost certain of avoiding India in the Super Six stage.