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Bangladeshi Tigresses Win T20 Asia Cup Final

The Bangladesh women’s cricket team have beaten India yesterday in Kuala Lumpur, by three wickets in the Women’s T20 Asia Cup.

Salma Khatun, Bangladesh women’s T20 captain, could not contain her emotions and began shedding tears of joy after her troops won a nerve-wracking last-ball thriller, displaying great temperament to clinch their maiden Asia Cup title.

Bangladesh (113/7) beat India (112/9) by three wickets. Salma Khatun said, “we did not have anything to lose, but they [India] had a lot to lose. On the other hand, we had a lot to gain, and we did.”

It was a scintillating finish at the Kinara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur as Tigresses needed two runs off the last delivery when Jahanara Alam hit the ball towards mid on and completed a tight double to take Tigers to victory.

The Tigresses erupted into wild celebrations at the Kinrara Academy Oval as soon as Jahanara Alam whipped Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur to deep midwicket to secure the two runs needed from the last ball to seal a three-wicket victory over the six-time champions.

Bangladesh won the toss and sent India in to bat first and the decision was resounding success as India lost four top-order batters inside 10 overs. Nahida was the most economical among Tigress bowlers, conceding just six from three overs.

Bangladesh needed nine off the final over and, despite losing two wickets, Jahanara Alam hit two off the last ball to secure a thrilling win.

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal uploaded a video in his Facebook account where he is seen with the other players and staff of Bangladesh Men’s cricket team celebrating the success of the Tigresses who are crowned as the Champions of Women’s Asia Cup T20. The video captioned ‘Well done girls.’

>Juthy Saha

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