Bangladesh Blue Women have thumped Bangladesh Green Women by eight wickets in the final of the 9th Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games and become the gold medalist of the cricket event at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on Friday.
Put in to bat, Bangladesh Women Green never got going. They lost wickets at regular intervals and couldn't build a substantial partnership. Eight of the batters couldn't go past 10 runs. Ritu Moni top-scored with 18 off 39 balls. Bangladesh Green Women were bundled out for a paltry 72 with 14 overs still left.
Blue bowlers ran riots as they did not leave any breathing space for the Green batters. Jahanara Alam was brutal in particular, so was Mumta Hena. They returned identical figures of three for 15. Veteran all-rounder Salma Khatun picked up two wickets and Rabeya Khan claimed one.
In reply, Bangladesh Blue Women cruised to the target in only 18 overs, losing only two wickets. Wicketkeeper Shamima Sultana, opening the innings, played a stroke-filled knock of 31. Though she got out, Fargana Hoque who came in at three, remained unbeaten on 28 off 32 and saw her team home.
The Blue team won both of their group-stage matches by huge margin as well. They ruled the bowling department and ran riot in all three matches they played.
Left-arm medium pace Fariha Trisna and off-spinner Mumta Hena bagged 7 wickets each in the tournament. Mumta Hena played a match less. Veterans, Salma Khatun and Jahanara Alam are not that far either. They both bagged 6 wickets in the tournament from the three matches they played. Sanjida Maghla of the Green team bagged three.
In the batting department, Rumana Ahmed tops the list with 108 runs. She played three innings for that and has the highest individual score of the tournament (80*) to her name as well. No other batters, unfortunately, crossed the hundred-run mark.
Shamima Sultana is next on the sheet with 92 runs including the most (10) dismissals in the tournament. She also hit the most boundaries (14) in the tournament.
The only six of the tournament was hit by Disha Biswas of the Green team.
Highest run-getters in the tournament:
106- Rumana Ahmed
92- Shamima Sultana
77- Ritu Moni
7- Fariha Trishna/Mumta Hena/
6- Salma Khatun/Jahanara Alam
3- Sanjida Maghla