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.

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  • Faisal on April 2, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Congratulations! You make Bangladesh proud! Keep it up!

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Women did much better than men!

  • Md.Sabbir islam on April 2, 2014, 4:41 GMT

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

  • Its 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.

  • Tapa 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.

  • Android 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.

  • Tanvir on April 1, 2014, 17:22 GMT

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

  • Salah 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Baundule 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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