Bangladesh Women clinch thumping victory over Malaysia in Commonwealth Games Qualifier 2022 opener

The Bangladesh Women’s team defeated Malaysia Women’s team by eight wickets in their first match of the Commonwealth Games Women’s Cricket Qualifier on Tuesday (January 18). Bangladesh Women’s team has moved to the top of the points table with 2 points after this victory. Only the top team in the points standings will proceed to the Commonwealth Games’ main event, where they will compete in the Women’s cricket tournament. The match report between Bangladesh women and Malaysia Women is discussed in this article.

Bangladesh Women vs Malaysia Women: Match Report

Bangladesh Women’s team captain Nigar Sultana Joty chose to bat first after winning the toss. Bangladesh’s bowling unit replied with some impressive performances in the match. They only allowed Malaysia to score 49 runs in their allotted 20 overs. The Malaysian batters had no idea how to deal with the Bangladeshi bowlers and were losing wickets at a regular interval.

Winifred Duraisingam (12) and Mas Elysa (11) put up a 15-run third-wicket partnership, which was the highest in the Malaysian innings. These two batters attempted to rebuild the innings after losing two quick wickets in the first five overs. However, their efforts only resulted in a total of 21 runs in 8 overs. Following that, Malaysia’s innings came to a halt at frequent intervals, and they were forced to settle for a low total to defend.

Bangladesh captain Joty utilized a total of six bowlers in this match, each of whom was outstanding in terms of bowling variation. With the exception of Nahida Akter and Fahima Khatun, none of the bowler economy rates more than 2 runs per over. Bangladesh’s Rumana Ahmed and Suraiya Azmin both took two wickets. Salma Khatun, Nahida Akter, and Ritu Moni each claimed a wicket.

With only 50 runs to chase, Shamima Sultana and Murshida Khatun set the tone for Bangladesh with a 38-run opening partnership in five overs. Bangladesh then lost two wickets in two overs; However, this had no impact on the match’s outcome. Bangladesh reached the winning target in just 8 overs, losing two wickets in the process.

Bangladesh’s leading run-scorer in this match was Shamima Sultana. She scored 28 runs in 19 balls, including four boundaries and a six. Murshida Khatun made 14 runs off 16 balls. Nur Arianna Natsya was outstanding with the ball for the Malaysia Women team. She took two wickets for 14 runs in two overs.

Bangladesh will play Kenya in their second encounter of the competition at the same venue tomorrow (January 19).

Player of the Match

Leg-spinner Rumana Ahmed was awarded player of the match for her outstanding bowling performance in the match. She finished with a 4-0-4-2 bowling figure.

Bottom Line

Bangladesh Women’s team trounced Malaysia Women’s side throughout their qualifier tournament opener, winning by 8 wickets. On the other hand, the Malaysian women’s team was totally outplayed by the Bangladesh women’s national team. They showed no battling spirit during the contest. The Bangladesh team must finish in the first position at the end of the competition to qualify for the Commonwealth Games Women’s Cricket competition. Therefore, the Bangladesh team’s remaining matches would be crucial.

Source: United News of Bangladesh