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Winning start for Bangladesh in SA Games women's T20

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Members of Bangladesh Women\'s Cricket team celebrate after defeating their counterpart Sri Lanka National Women\'s Cricket team at the Cricket Competition in 13th South Asian Games at Pokhara in Nepal on Tuesday.

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BSS, Kathmandu :
The Bangladesh women's cricket team got off to a flying start in the ongoing SA Games women's T20 cricket crushing Sri Lanka women's cricket team by seven wickets on Tuesday at Pokhara Stadium in Pokhara.
Invited to bat first by Bangladesh, Sri Lanka rode on opener Umesha Thimashini, who hammered a polished 56 runs off 49-ball, and scored a competitive total of 122 for 6 from their allotted 20 overs.
Skipper Madavi with 33 and Sandeepani with 12 were the other notable scorers for Sri Lanka.
Nahida Akter, the wrecker in chief, caused the major damage as she grabbed four Sri Lankan wickets conceding 4 for 32 while Jahanara Alam took 1 for 22.
In reply, Bangladesh hardly had to sweat as they comfortably reached home by making 126 for the loss of three wickets with nine balls to spare.
Sanjida Islam, led from the front with an impressive unbeaten 45-ball off 51 runs with the help of eight boundaries and also paired a 53-run for the second wicket stand with Ayasha Rahman (29) after Bangladesh lost their opener Murshida Khatun early in the chase. Later, she completed the chase along with Fargana Haque who remained unbeaten on 23.
Tharika Sewwandi, Nisansala and Thimashini all shared three Bangladesh's wickets.
Sanjida Islam was named the player of the match for her impressive batting performance.
The Tigresses will play their second match with hosts Nepal and the Maldives on December 4 and 5 respectively at the same venue.
Brief Score:
Sri Lanka Women: 122 for 6 in 20 overs
Thimashini 56, Madhavi 33; Nahida Akhter 4-32, Jahanara 1-22
Bangladesh Women 126 for 3 in 18.3 overs
Sanjida Islam 51*, Ayasha Rahman 29, Fargana Hoque 23*
Bangladesh Women's cricket team for SA Games: Salma Khatun (Captain), Nigar Sultana, Jahanara Alam, Ayesha Rahman, Farjana Haque, Murshida Khatun, Sanjida Islam, Shabnam Mustari, Fahima Khatun, Shamima Sultana, Nahida Akter, Khadija Tul Kubra, Ritu Moni, Puja Chakraborty and Rabeya Akter.

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