1) Sanjida Islam- The Bangladeshi opener continues to have a terrific tournament with the bat. In the all-important final, she scored an unbeaten 71 which helped Bangladesh to claim the title.
2) Salma Khatun – The skipper of Bangladesh bowled the most economical spell of the tournament with the figures of 1 wicket in 4 overs with an economy rate of just 1. This was one of the most economical spells in the history of T20i Cricket.
Sanjida Islam’s unbeaten 71 helps Bangladesh to clinch the ICC qualifiers tournament by defeating Thailand by a huge margin of 70 runs at Dundee on Saturday.
On winning the toss, Bangladesh skipper opted to bat on a surface that assisted slow bowlers. Opening the innings Sanjida and Murshida gave a good start with the partnership of 68 runs. Both had equal contribution in the partnership before Murshida was cleaned up on 33 by Laomi. On another side, Sanjida continued to play responsibly as she ended up with the score of unbeaten 71. No other batters gave good support to her, she single-handedly took care of Bangladesh Batting as they ended up with the score of 130 for 5 in 20 overs. For Thailand, Boochatam was the pick of the bowlers getting two wickets which restricted Bangladesh below 140.
Chasing the target of 131, Thailand was never in the chase as no batters stood in the crease for much time as Bangla bowlers kept on getting the wickets of Thailand batters and as the innings progressed the pitch kept on becoming slow which made batters life difficult. So, only a couple of batters were able to reach two-digit figures, rest others failed to do it. With the bowl, Nahida Akter continued to impress with her left arm bowling, she was well supported by Sharmin as both picked a couple of wickets each. All other bowlers too did well with economic spells. In the end, Thailand ended up the innings with 60 for 7 in 20 overs, Pandugerland being the top scorer with just 15 runs.
Though Thailand lost they are qualified for the T20 world cup, Whereas Bangladesh with this win will play with more confidence in the world cup.
Brief score: Bangladesh 130 for 5 ( Sanjoda 72*, Boochatam 2 for 31) defeated Thailand 60 for 7 ( Pandugerland 15, Sharmin 2 for 9) by 70 runs.
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