Bangladesh has been nothing short of impressive in this World Cup. Defeating powerhouses Australia in what was an unexpected result, they edged Sri Lanka in the second encounter of their group and carried on the momentum to the third match versus the United States of America today at Benoni as they notched another win taking them to the top of the table with six points in the kitty. The USA on the other hand has had a rough outing in this World Cup as they lost both their matches while also losing to Bangladesh today making matters worse.
The USA won the toss and decided to bat first. Perhaps they did not estimate the might of the Bangladeshi bowling attack as they were restricted to a dismal 103/4 which would not be enough. Laasya Mullapudi was dismissed for 5 early on in the proceedings by the talented Disha Biswas while batters Disha Dhingra and Snigdha Paul took their time to settle in and played lax knocks striking at below 100 was counterproductive from their team’s point of view. Upon their dismissals in the 14th over where a run-out and Biswas got rid of them, the USA still needed some more runs on the board to defend. That’s when the duo of Isani Vaghela and Geetika Kodali with their run-a-ball knocks of 17 and 16 respectively supported by the 19 extras Bangladesh bowled helped them post 103. It was business as usual for Disha Biswas who scalped two wickets whole Marufa Akter also chipped in with two wickets.
Bangladesh too did not have the best outing with the bat and was tested as Sumaiya Akter was the first to be dismissed and with the dangerous Afia Prottasha dismissed for 7. Dilara Akter and Shorna Akter were instrumental in keeping the run board ticking but their dismissals in consecutive overs did not help Bangladesh who could have chased down the total in a dominant fashion to up their NRR even more. Shorna Akter with her 22 off 14 titled the momentum in Bangladesh’s favour and with the late batting exploits of Rabey Khan with her 18 and Disha Biswas scoring 10 with Misty Shaha adding the finishing touches, Bangladesh registered a win for ages. Although the total was not a lot, the USA bowlers should be credited for bowling out of their skins to defend the total with Aditiba Chudasama shining with her two scalps and economical bowling.
🇧🇩 Bangladesh U19 won by 5 wickets
🇺🇸 USA U19: 103-4 (20)
Snigdha Paul: 26 (37)
Disha Dhingra: 20 (39)
Disha Biswas 2-13
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Brief Scores: USA 103/4 in 20 overs (S Paul 26, D Dhingra 20; D Biswas 2/13, M Akter 1/17) lost to BAN 104/5 in 17.3 overs (S Akter 22, R Khan 18; A Chudasama 2/15, ST Eyyunni 1/19) by 5 wickets
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