Athletic

Bangladesh women falter again, lose Wellington game to Australia

Former skipper of Bangladesh women’s cricket team Salma Khatun snapped three wickets but that wasn’t enough to prevent Australia from snatching Friday’s match in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup in Wellington.

The match was reduced to 43-over a side due to rain. Bangladesh batted first and posted a meagre total of 135 for six wickets in the stipulated 43 overs.

Lata Mondal scored 33 for Bangladesh, while Sharmin Akhter scored 24. Rumana Ahmed and Salma Khatun scored 15 each.

For Australia, Ashleigh Gardner and Jess Jonassen bagged two wickets each.

In reply, Australia lost three wickets for 26 runs. Salma bagged all the three. But after that, Beth Mooney took charge and posted an unbeaten 66 to guide Australia to win.

They lost two more wickets too, but Mooney was firm at the crease and managed to keep their record of being unbeaten intact.

Australia chased down the target in 32.1 overs with five wickets in hand.

Bangladesh will play their last match in this World Cup against England on March 27 at the same venue.

In the previous six matches, Bangladesh won only one against Pakistan, which was their maiden win in their first World Cup.

Source: United News of Bangladesh