Bangladesh women’s team suffered their biggest ever defeat in Twenty20 internationals when they lost to defending champions Australia by 86 runs in their second ICC women’s T20 World Cup match at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Thursday.
Australian openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney set up the crushing win making 83 and unbeaten 81 runs respectively in a 151-run opening stand that powered the hosts to 189-1 in their stipulated overs.
This was the highest ever total against Bangladesh by any opposition in Twenty20 internationals, surpassing the previous highest score of 169-4 by South Africa at Bloemfontein in 2018.
Bangladesh women, who were playing their first international game against Australia, could hardly give any fight as they were restricted to 103-9.
Bangladesh’s previous biggest defeat came against England and India during the 2014 edition of ICC women’s T20 World Cup when they lost both the matches by an identical 79-run margin in Sylhet.
Healy and Mooney scored 53 runs in the power-play after they opted to bat first to set the tone of their innings. Healy was more destructive between the two completing her fifty off just 26 balls while Mooney reached landmark off 40 balls.
Bangladeshi fielders also showcased poor fielding efforts as they dropped at least four catches in Australia’s innings and their innocuous bowling made scoring easy for the Australian duo as boundaries came too often.
Bangladesh got the only success in the innings during the last ball of the 17th over when skipper Salma Khatun broke the opening stand by forcing Healy to give a catch to Sanjida Islam at backward point.
The wicket of Healy, who struck 10 fours and three sixes in her 53-ball innings, however, failed to halt Australia’s run flow as Ashleigh Gardner made unbeaten 22 off nine balls while Mooney struck nine fours in her 58-ball innings to guide Australia to the biggest total in the ongoing tournament.
Bangladesh, in reply, lost three wickets within the power-play to get reduced to 27-3 before Fargana Haque and Nigar Sultana added a 50-run stand for the fourth wicket to give them something to cherish.
However, it could take them nowhere near to the target as they lost wickets at regular intervals after Nigar fell for 19 in the 14th over.
Pacer Megan Schutt finished with 3-21 while left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen claimed 2-17.
Fargana top scored with 36 runs while Nigar made 19 and Shamima Sultana and Rumana Ahmed scored 13 runs each.
Bangladesh now will face New Zealand in their third match at Junction Oval, Melbourne on Saturday.
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