Bangladesh squanders a chance to beat NZ in Women’s T20 WC

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Online Desk:  Despite dismissing mighty New Zealand for just 91 runs, Bangladesh failed to grab a historic victory as they conceded a 17-run defeat to Sophie Devine’s side at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup at Melbourne in Australia on Saturday. Pacer Ritu Moni’s career-best 4-18, which is so far the best figures of this tournament, bundled out New Zealand in just 18.2 overs on the first meeting of the two sides in ODI format but Bangladesh were wrapped up for 74 in 19.5 overs. Hayley Jensen and Leigh Kasperek took three wickets apiece as New Zealand produced a tremendous comeback to deny Bangladesh the victory and in doing so also eliminated the Tigress from the semifinal race. Bangladesh earlier lost the match to India and Australia by 18 runs and 86 runs respectively. Ritu Moni’s four-for was complemented by skipper Salma Khatun’s 3-7 while Ruamna Ahmed had figures of 2-17. After choosing to bat first, New Zealand started well and their opener Sophie Devine and Rachel Priest adding 36 runs. Salma Khatun removed both of them with skipper Devine making 12 while Priest contributing 25. Suzie Bates kept up the run flow before being out for 15, leaving New Zealand to 66-3. Ritu Moni stepped up in the crease by removing Bates and sparked a sensational collapse that saw New Zealand lost eight wickets for 25 runs to be bowled out for 91. But Bangladesh failed to make it their day with three batters just reaching double digit figure. Nigar Sultana was the highest scorer with 21 while Murshida Khatun made 11. Ritu Moni scored 10. Bangladesh Women’s will take on Sri Lanka on March for their last Group A match in the T20 World Cup. Scores in brief New Zealand 91 all out, 18.2 overs (Rachel Priest 25; Ritu Moni 4-18, Salma Khatun 3-7) Bangladesh 74 all out, 19.5 overs (Nigar Sultana Joty 21, Hayley Jensen 3-11, Leigh Kasperek 3-23)

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