Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Women's World T20, Sylhet

Bangladesh Women pull off heist

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April 1, 2014

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Bangladesh Women 115 for 9 (Rumana 41) beat Sri Lanka Women 112 for 9 (Mendis 33, Ghosh 3-18) by three runs
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Panna Ghosh is pumped up after taking a wicket, Bangladesh Women v Sri Lanka Women, Women's World T20, Group B, Sylhet, April 1, 2014
Panna Ghosh's three-for helped Bangladesh come out on top after scoring their best T20I total © ICC
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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.

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Posted by JoyBangladesh71 on (April 2, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

Congratulations! You make Bangladesh proud! Keep it up!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 5:14 GMT)

Women did much better than men!

Posted by tiger1984 on (April 2, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

great achievement by the tigress.......truely your fitness level is much better than our mens team

Posted by slackers11 on (April 2, 2014, 3:24 GMT)

@mihil Ranathunga, totally agree with you, by the way your men's team is also not premier..just like the women's team.

Posted by CricTimer on (April 1, 2014, 23:38 GMT)

Well played girls...proud of you. It is surprise to see that few of the BD women team players have better fitness than the men team.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

Great win! I hope this win gives the womeb's team the much needed exposure that they deserve.

Posted by Matadore on (April 1, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Bangladesh women team can beat its male team...! :p

Posted by Salkhan10 on (April 1, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

heartiest congrats to bangladesh women team. By clinching this all important victory against sreelanka, you have won our hearts. Keep it up. It could be a good inspiration for our men's team which inspite of their long learning curve keeps on experiencing defeats after defeats. Please don't let complacency deter your hard works to achieve more and more. we bangladeshi cricket fans are eagerly looking forward to that day when your team will win the coveted accolade of ICC t20 championship.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

Our team was not exactly premier. They are too minnows, totally expected. So when it comes to women's cricket one off win doesn't matter. Consistent performance is the real deal.

Posted by Baundele on (April 1, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

It is a great achievement by the Bangladesh Women's team. These girls are extremely hard working. They do not earn enough money; but they give their 200%. Recently they have defeated the Pakistan Women's team in 2 consecutive matches. They have limited ability; but all of them are true fighters.

Salute to Salma and her team.

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