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Bangladesh Continues a Rough Start in 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup

Bangladesh’s campaign is looking rough in this year’s ICC
Women’s T20 World Cup. At St George’s Park in Gqeberha on February 15, the
match between Australia and Bangladesh ended with Australia winning by eight

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But Bangladesh have plenty of positives to take from their showing against the defending champions 🐅

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While Bangladesh lost, they still managed to end with a respectable total of 107/7. During the match, Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat.

Australia’s bowlers proved formidable when they dismissed the openers in single digits. Beth Mooney removed Shamima Sultana (1) in the second over, while Darcie Brown cleaned up Murshida Khatun for seven.

Nigar Sultana Joty turned the tables in the first innings and helped lift her side to 107/7 with a brilliant 57-run hit. Some big hits from Joty helped Bangladesh to 34/2 at the end of the Powerplay.

When Bangladesh stepped up to bowl, they had a strong start, with Marufa Akter dismissing opener Beth Mooney at 2 runs. Another strong bowler was Shorna Akter, who dismissed Alyssa Healy with the score at 78/2.

On Australia’s side, Meg Lanning helped Australia continue its winning run with a top score of 48 runs. Thanks to a partnership with Ash Gardner (19 from 20), the team reached their target of 108 with eight wickets and 10 balls to spare.

At the end of the match, Georgia Wareham was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for her bowling performance. This match was Wareham’s first appearance in the competition. During the match, she struck twice in the 17th over. She bowled Shorna for 12 shortly after the teenager’s first boundary, before repeating the trick to dismiss Rumana Ahmed (4).

Following this victory against Bangladesh Australia sits at number one in the group standings with a net run rate of +2.834. As the current defending champions, they are considered the favorites to win the group matches. Australia’s next match will be against Sri Lanka on February 16 (Thursday).

So far, Sri Lanka has won two for two in the tournament and is 2nd in the group standings. As two strong contenders in the tournament, it will be an interesting match between the two.

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Bangladesh, on the other hand, is fourth in the group standings with a net run rate of -0.720. Their next match will be against New Zealand on Friday (February 17). New Zealand is currently 5th in the group standings with a net run rate of -4.050. Since both teams have lost their first two matches, there’s no telling how their match will turn out.

The next match of the tournament will be between the West Indies and India on February 15 (Wednesday). So far, West Indies has played and lost one match. They are 5th in the Group B standings with a net run rate of -2.767.

India, meanwhile, has played and won one match and sits 2nd in the Group B standings with a net run rate of +0.497.

The group matches will be going on until February 22. The semi-finals will be on February 23 and 24, then the finals will happen on February 26.

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