Bangladesh Women’s Cricket team at final match in the ongoing 13th South Asian Games (SA Games) defeated Sri Lanka by two runs at Pokhara in Nepal today and clinched the gold medal.
Bangladesh Women’s best success in SA Games was winning a silver previously. But this time , they bagged their first gold medal in the event riding on the superb bowling effort.
Sri Lanka won the toss in the final and opted to field first. Bangladesh were dismal with the bat as they posted only 91 runs for eight in 20 overs, reports Daily Sun.
Nigar Sultana was the best batter of Bangladesh scoring 29 runs off 38 balls with two fours and one six. Sanjida Islam and Fahima Khatun contributed with 15 each.
Eventually, Bangladesh posted a below-par total of 91 runs for eight in 20 overs.
Umesha Thimashini bagged four wickets conceding eight runs in four overs with two maidens. Sathya Sandeepani, Tharika Sewwandi, Kavisha Dilhari and Malsha Ranathunga took one wicket each for Sri Lanka as well. In reply, Sri Lanka tumbled for 89 for nine in 20 overs. Bangladesh scalped two wickets in the last over to seal the game for Bangladesh.
Earlier, Bangladesh removed both of Sri Lankan openers in just 11 runs. However, their captain Harshitha Madavi scored 32 and Lihini Apsara scored 25, but their efforts went in vain due to the poor batting of the other batters.
Eventually, tigresses emerged the unbeaten champions of the event and clinched their first-ever gold medal in the SA games after beating Sri Lanka, Nepal and Maldives earlier.