Pace bowler Jahanara Alam claimed 4-22 as Bangladesh beat Pakistan by five runs in their final warm-up match ahead of ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Brisbane, Australia on Thursday.
Batting first at the Allan Border Field after winning the toss, Bangladesh posted a respectable 111-8 with opener Murshida Khatun making highest 43 runs off 38 balls with the help of six boundaries.
Fargana Haque (21), Ritu Moni (14 not out) and Nigar Sultana (13) were the other significant run-getters.
Jahanara and Bangladeshi spinners then reduced Pakistan to 23-3 inside four overs before bowling out the side for 106 in 19.4 overs.
Khadija Tul Kubra played a key hand with the ball alongside Jahanara, picking 3-11 in her four overs as Bangladesh got the much-needed boost ahead of the tournament-proper.
Opener Javeria Khan threatened to take the game away from Bangladesh’s grip before she was dismissed by Kubra for 41 off 34 balls in the 16th over of the innings, with Pakistan still needing 34 runs.
Pakistan required 10 runs from the last six balls with two wickets in hands and Jahanara bowled the last two batters in four balls to seal the win.
Earlier, Bangladesh’s first warm-up match against Thailand was rained off without a ball being bowled in Brisbane on Saturday.
Bangladesh have been drawn in Group A alongside hosts Australia, India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
‘This win will give us a lot of confidence as we look to make a strong start to the tournament,’ said Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun.
‘We were happy with our batting performance but we struggled in the last five overs, our run-rate was not very good, so that’s something we’ll look to work on and we didn’t bowl our yorkers well either at the death.
‘This match was a great opportunity for us to reset and rethink ahead of the World Cup.’
Though the World Cup gets underway today in Sydney with the match between defending champions Australia and India, Bangladesh begin their campaign against India two days later in Perth on February 24.
Bangladesh failed to win a single match in their previous Twenty20 World Cup campaign in West Indies but took a long preparation this time, which included a conditioning camp in Australia’s tourism hub Gold Coast.
Bangladesh women’s team reached Gold Coast on February 3 and played two practice matches against a local club where they won one game while the other match was washed out.
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