It started like a dream. The start of the tournament by losing Australia’s girls, one of the superpowers of the cricket world, raised a little more hope in the minds of the cricket fans of the country. After Australia, Bangladesh girls confirmed the Super Six first by defeating Sri Lanka. However, despite getting a big win against the United Arab Emirates in the last match, they did not go to the semis because of their run rate.
In the group stage, Pradhya-Sumaiyara reached the Super Six of the U-19 Women’s Cricket World Cup after defeating Australia, Sri Lanka and the United States. Then the Bangladesh team complicated the equation of going to the semis by losing against the host South Africa. Bangladesh was number four in Group-1 with equal wins with India, Australia and South Africa at the top. But Tigresses were behind in run rate.
Even after collecting 6 points equal to India and Australia from 4 matches in Super Six, the Junior Tigresses had to leave behind in net run rate. India’s net run rate is +2.844, Australia +2.210 and Bangladesh +1.211. India and Australia went to the semi-finals of the U-19 World Cup held for the first time after beating Bangladesh.
Batting first, the UAE women scored just 69 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in South Africa’s Pofechstroom on Wednesday. In response, the girls of Bangladesh secured the win by losing 5 wickets in 9.1 overs and scoring 73 runs. However, the country’s girls lost wickets for 2 runs in the beginning. Then Bangladesh lost the second wicket for 21 runs and the third wicket for 22 runs.
Swarna Akhter stunned the audience by batting at Markut in a low scoring match. He played an innings of 38 runs with 4 fours and 2 sixes off 19 balls in 200 strikerates and eased the way to victory. On the other hand, he scored 15 runs in 3 fours. And Rabeya Khan scored 14 runs in 2 fours off 12 balls.
UAE’s Induja Nandakumar and Samaria Dharanidharka took 2 wickets each with the ball. And for Bangladesh, Rabeya Khan picked up three wickets with 14 runs in 4 overs and Marufa Akhter picked up 2 wickets with 16 runs in 4 overs.