Match Report | CWG Qualifiers | The tournament favorites Bangladesh start their campaign with a clinical victory
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
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The Commonwealth Games Qualifiers kicked off today with the opening clash between the host Malaysia and Bangladesh who recently qualified for the 50-over world cup in March in New Zealand.
After winning the toss, Bangladesh’s newly appointed captain Nigar Sultana Joty opted to field first. Salma Khatun provided them with a flying start by taking the wicket of Wan Julia. Bangladesh continued to march on and restricted Malaysia batters to 49 for 9.
A direct hit from Nahida Akhter helped to get rid of Malaysia’s star batter Mas Elysa. Rumana Ahmed and Soraya Azmim took 2 wickets each and Wini Duraisingam was the top-scorer for Malaysia with 12 runs.
Bangladesh required 50 runs at 2.50 runs per over to seal the match and they cruised through for a comfortable win in just 8 overs. They lost a couple of wickets to Arianna Natasya with Shamima Sultana top-scoring with 28 runs.
Bangladesh had won all their 5 T20I matches at the Kinrara Oval Ground in Kuala Lumpur, and they continued their unbeaten streak by adding their 6th win at this venue.
Malaysia - 49/9 (20 overs) W. Duraisingam 12 (31), M. Elysa 11 (11); S. Azmim 2/7 (4), R. Ahmed 2/4 (4)
Bangladesh - 53/2 (8/20 overs) S. Sultana 28 (19), M. Khatun 14 (16); A. Natsya 2/14 (2)