Murshida Khatun’s knock powers Bangladesh as they win over Pakistan by 65 runs – Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2019
Murshida Khatun played a superb knock to help Bangladesh win over Pakistan at Sri Lanka. The match which was played at Navy Ground, Welisara saw a dominating performance by Bangladesh who won over Pakistan by quite a margin.
Pakistan won the toss and decided to field first in one the first happening matches of the emerging teams Asia Cup. All 4 matches of the tournament prior to this were abandoned.
Bangladesh openers gave the team a solid start as Pakistan bowlers failed to make an impact in the early stage of the game. Murshida Khatun and Ishma Tanjim had the highest partnership of 61 runs in 88 balls. While Tanjim made 20 runs in 42 deliveries, it was Murshida who scored the bulk of the runs for her team – she made 69 runs in 112 balls before getting run out in the 40th over. Fahima Khatun of the lower order also made 34 runs in 47 balls. Bangladesh finished on 181/8 after batting 48 overs.
In reply, Pakistan started cautiously but batted rather slow. They were 37/1 in the 16th over when the first wicket in the form of Jaweria Rauf fell. Openers Tuba Hassan 21(61) and Jaweria Rauf 16(50) had a good partnership at the top – they made 37 runs in 94 balls. Muneeba Ali Siddiqui 27(52), Huraina Sajjad 23(53) and Fatima Sana Khan 16(12) made vital runs. But in the end, the Bangladesh bowlers were too good for them. Captain Shaila Sharmin and Rabeya each took 3 wickets as Pakistan bundled out in 43.4 overs scoring only 116 runs. Bangladesh won the match by 65 runs.
Bangladesh innings: 181/8 in 48.0 overs
Pakistan innings: 116 all-out in 43.4 overs
Result: Bangladesh won by 65 runs
Player of the match: Murshida Khatun
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