Bangladesh kick-start Women's World Cup Qualifier with resounding win

Bangladesh start the tournament with a comfortable victory
Bangladesh start the tournament with a comfortable victory

Bangladesh Women 215-6 (Akther 56) beat
Papua New Guinea 97 (Siaka 32) by 118 runs
Fourth match, Group B, ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier, Colombo

After fifties from Sharmin Akhter and Fargana Hoque helped Bangladesh Women post 215 for six, a collective bowling performance dismissed Papua New Guinea for just 97 in the chase in Group B encounter of ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier in Colombo.

Even though, Sharmin Sultana (0) fell early after Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first, Sharmin Akhter (56) added a 51-run stand with Sanjida Islam (28) and another 69-run stand with Fargana Hoque (51).

Both Akther and Hoque fell after their respective half-centuries and just when the innings were losing momentum, Salma Khatun (32 not out) and Shaila Sharmin (20 not out) added an unbeaten 55-run stand to take Bangladesh to 215 for six in the 50 overs.

In the chase, Papua New Guinea lost Norma Ovasuru (0) and Brenda Tau (1) early. Even though, Tanya Ruma (20), Pauke Siaka (32) and Konio Oala (29) tried to rebuild the innings, Bangladesh bowlers struck at regular intervals to dismiss them for 97 in 32.1 overs.

The win has taken Bangladesh to top of Group B with a net-run-rate of 2.360.

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