Hayley Matthews’s 4-Wicket help West Indies beat Bangladesh in a low-scoring Thriller by 4 Runs

On Friday, in the 17th match of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh were chasing 141 in 50 overs against West Indies.

 

Hayley Matthews named November's ICC Player of the Month
Hayley Matthews named November’s ICC Player of the Month

 

Bangladesh got off to a horrid start as they lost their opening batter Shamima Sultana cheaply for a five-ball duck, thanks to Hayley Matthews who sent her packing in the very first over of the innings. After the fall of Sultana, Sharmin Akhter (17 runs off 25 balls) and Fargana Hoque came together to stitch a 29-run partnership for the second wicket. From 2-30 in 8.5 overs to 5-60 in 23.3 overs, Bangladesh suddenly lost half their side, courtesy of some disciplined bowling by West Indies. In the process, Hoque mustered 23 runs off 65 balls and captain Nigar Sultana chipped in with 25 runs off 77 balls. Rumana Ahmed and Ritu Moni made their way back to the hut without troubling the scorers. Towards the end, Salma Khatun (23 runs off 40 runs) and Nahida Akter (25 not out off 64 balls) put up a strong fight however in the end Bangladesh fell short of just four runs as they were bowled out for 136 in 49.3 overs.

For West Indies, the right arm off spinner Hayley Matthews was the pick of the bowlers as she scalped 4-15 in her 10 overs, including one maiden. She opened the bowling and bowled well with the new ball inside the powerplay. She was well supported by right arm leg spinner Afy Fletcher who struck with 3-29 in her 10 overs and captain Stafanie Taylor who accounted for 3-29 in her 9.3 overs. West Indies used seven bowlers, out of which four went wicket-less.

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West Indies’ Hayley Matthews won the player of the match for her match winning bowling performance, which was also her ODI career best. The right arm off spinner picked up 4-15 in 10 overs.

With this win, West Indies have won three out of the five matches in their World Cup campaign, while Bangladesh have won one out of their four matches in the tournament so far.

Bangladesh and West Indies will play their next fixtures on March 22 against India and March 21 against Pakistan respectively.

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