The Bangladesh Women's Cricket team made a winning start in a bid to defend the Asia Cup title as they restricted Thailand to 82 runs on Saturday (October 1) at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Ground-2.
Bangladeshi girls ensured a big win at the first match as they beat Thailand by 9 wickets.
Bangladesh batter Shamima Sutana became the player of the match for her extraordinary batting and fielding skills.
The Thailand team captain won the toss at the opening match of the eighth season of the Women's Asia Cup. Thailand opted to bat first. They managed to score 82 runs losing all wickets in the first T20 match of the tourney.
Thailand lost their first wicket scoring just 13 runs in 4.5 overs. The Thai batters could not stop that fall. After losing two wickets for 16, Thai opener Natthakan Chantham and Phannita Maya (coming at four) stitched together a stand of 38 runs of 37 balls in the third wicket. Thailand's innings ended at 82 after playing 19.4 overs.
The wicketkeeper batter from Bangladesh side, Shamima Sutana, capped a fine day behind the stumps with 49 in front of it. She played a attacking innings of 49 of just 30 balls.
Bangladesh bowlers picked up all 10 wickets of Thailand one by one. Besides Rumana Ahmed's 3, Meghla, Nahida and Soheli took 2 wickets each. The remaining one wicket was in the possession of Salma Khatun.
Fargana Hoque remained unbeaten on 26 while skipper Nigar Sultana Joty scored 10 not out.
The tournament was supposed to be held in 2020 but the outbreak of the Covid- 19 hampered the progress. A total of seven Asian countries are participating in this tournament this time.
Bangladesh Squad: Nigar Sultana Joty (Captain), Shamima Sultana, Fargana Hoque Pinky, Rumana Ahmed, Mst Ritu Moni, Lata Mondol, Salma Khatun, Sobhana Mostary, Nahida Akter, Murshida Khatun, Jahanara Alam, Fahima Khatun, Mst Shanjida Akther Maghla, Mst Fariha Islam Trisna, Shohaly Akter
Thailand Squad: Nannapat Koncharoenkai, Natthakan Chantham, Naruemol Chaiwai, Nattaya Boochatham, Sornnarin Tippoch, Onnicha Kamchomphu, Chanida Sutthiruang, Rosenan Kanoh, Thipatcha Putthawong, Phannita Maya, Suleeporn Laomi