Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Women's World T20, Sylhet April 1, 2014

Bangladesh Women pull off heist

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh Women 115 for 9 (Rumana 41) beat Sri Lanka Women 112 for 9 (Mendis 33, Ghosh 3-18) by three runs

Bangladesh Women first scored their highest Twenty20 total, then upended Sri Lanka's Women's steadily progressing chase, to steal a three-run win - their first in the World T20.

This was the two teams' last match of the tournament, and Bangladesh chose to bat. They tended to lose wickets in pairs all through the innings, but with Rumana Ahmed - who came in in the seventh over - holding up one end in a brisk, unbeaten innings of 41, they were able to make their way to their record total.

However, when Sri Lanka were 67 for 2 and needed just about a run a ball, it looked like even that would not be enough. That's when the set Yasoda Mendis was run out, and Bangladesh didn't let the opening go to waste. Medium pacer Panna Ghosh struck twice in the 15th over, and with the required rate rising, Bangladesh applied the squeeze, striking in every over from the 18th onwards. Sri Lanka managed only two boundaries in these last overs, and Bangladesh held their nerve to pull off the heist.