Tigresses bring home three trophies on the trot

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Bangladesh women’s cricket team got an entry into the ICC Women’s World T20, 2018 with a flamboyant style emerging all-win champions in the eight-team qualifiers tournament, which ended on July 14 in the Netherlands.

As champions of the qualifiers tournament, Bangladesh got a spot in the Group-A to compete in the World T20 in West Indies in November 9 to 24.

They will play the first group game against defending champions and host West Indies in the opener on November 9 before playing England, Sri Lanka and South Africa on November 12, 14 and 18 respectively.

Another finalist team of the qualifiers tournament Ireland will join in Group-B with Australia, India, New Zealand and Pakistan to play the world event in Carrabin.

With their successful title mission in the Netherlands, the proud women cricketers of Bangladesh claimed their triple title victories in the T20 format on a streak. Earlier they had a maiden success in the six-nation Asia Cup before their first-ever overseas series 2-1 victory in a bilateral T20 series against host Ireland in June.

Bangladesh’s victory against Ireland by 25 runs in the final of the Women’s WT20 Qualifiers was their 12th win against two losses in this format, since June 3.

Tigresses remained unstoppable throughout the eight-nation qualifiers tournament event as they got a 25-run victory against Ireland in the final after outplaying Scotland by a 49-run win in the second semifinal, setting their entry into the 10-team Women’s World T20 in West Indies in November 9 to 24.

In their Pool ‘A’ battles, Bangladesh routed Papua New Guinea (PNG) by eight wickets, the Netherlands by seven wickets and United Arab Emirates (UAE) by eight wickets.

Bangladesh kept all their opponent teams to below 100 runs in the qualifiers event as the highest total against them was of 97/10 by Ireland in the final.

The Tigresses restricted Scotland on 76/7 in the semifinal before PNG post 84/6 -- the highest in the group stage battle -- while the two other teams the Netherlands and UAE  were ended to below 50 runs, scoring 42/10 and 39/10 -- the lowest total against Bangladesh-- respectively.

Bangladesh dominated in the even mostly by their bowlers and among the most successful wicket takers in the qualifiers event, Rumana Ahmed picked up 10 wickets, while the 1st hat-trick makers of Bangladesh Fahima Khatun and Panna Ghosh had nine each, and Nahida Akter seven.

To become Bangladesh’s maiden hat-trick maker irrespective of men’s or women’s team in T20I, Fahima captured four for eight runs in four overs against UAE in their Pool ‘A’ last match on July 10.

Bangladesh’s top performers in extent of bowling in the eight-team qualifiers tournament made big moves up the latest ICC’s Women’s T20I Rankings chart that updated on July 14.

Nahida advanced eight spots to get number five spot, Rumana moved eight spots up for number 13 and Salma rise three places to number 17, joint with India’s Anuja Patil. Among the others Panna and Fahima made significant upwards strides outside the top 20.

Prior to their Women’s WT20 mission in the Netherlands, Bangladesh women’s team toured to Ireland to play a three-match T20I series where they routed host side twice by four wickets to seal the series before conceded a six-wicket defeat in the 3rd and last game of a last ball thriller in Dublin on July 1.

Player of the series pace bowler Jahanara Alam set the record of taking a five-for as the first Bangladesh women cricketer, conceding 28 runs in four overs, in the first match to restrict Ireland on 134/8in 20 overs at YMCA Cricket Club in Dublin on June 28.

Bangladesh, notably, conceded the defeat against Ireland after seven successive victories in T20Is in a streak, which began in the successful six-nation Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup campaign for maiden multinational tournament title in Kula Lumpur earlier in June.

Bangladesh women’s team started their big move to draw the international attention with their first-ever title win in a multinational tournament in the Women’s T20 Asia Cup where they found victories twice against upper-ranked and 6th time champions India.

In the Asia Cup, Bangladesh defeated India by three wickets in the final following a seven-wicket victory in the league phase.

Bangladesh started their campaign in the meet in Malaysia with a six-wicket loss against Sri Lanka in the first game, and then bounced back for four successive victories; registering seven-wicket wins each against Pakistan and India, crushed Thailand by nine wickets before huge70-run victory against host side Malaysia for final berth.

The Asia Cup success promised huge boost in popularity with social media abuzz and monetary support for Bangladesh women’s cricketers as the Bangladesh Cricket Board reward 20 million taka ($236,000) cash for the team and promised to review salaries.

The national team players were being paid BDT 10,000 to 30,000 per month for the last few years, since the salary structure came in place in 2012. Now the scale has been increased BDT 20, 000 to 50,000 per month as BCB decided in a board meeting on June 11.

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