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South Asian Games: Bangladesh secure both men’s and women’s cricket gold

Bangladesh claimed two gold medals in cricket at the 13th South Asian Games.



South Asian Games: Bangladesh secure both men's and women's cricket gold
Bangladesh women secure gold in 13th South Asian Games. Photo: Bangladesh media

In the 13th South Asian Games, Bangladesh acquired two gold medals in cricket. Both men and women’s team clinched the cricket title in the competition thus secured golds for the country.

On Monday, Bangladesh men’s under-23 team defeated Sri Lanka by 7 wickets with 11 balls to spare.

At the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kathmandu, Sri Lanka were sent to bat first and scored 122 runs losing 8 wickets.

Shammu Ashan added highest 25 runs for Sri Lanka whereas Pathum Nishanka contributed 22 runs.

For Bangladesh, Hasan Mahmud claimed 3 wickets while Tanveer Islam picked up 2 wickets. Besides that, Shumon Khan and Mehedi Hasan captured a single wicket each.

In reply, Bangladesh started well with two openers Soumya Sarkar and Saif Hasan batted cautiously through their innings. Soumya departed scoring 27 runs off 28 deliveries. After he went back to the pavilion, Saif Hasan hit 33 runs facing 30 deliveries.

After that, captain Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Yasir Ali partnered where Shanto scored highest 333 runs.

Afif Hossain Dhrubo ensured the victory with an unbeaten 5 runs.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Bangladesh women’s cricket team bagged a gold medal in the event, beating Sri Lanka in a thrilling final by 2 runs.

Bangladesh women set the target of 91 runs; Sri Lanka, in reply, were bundled out scoring 89 runs in the last over when they needed 7 runs to win the occasion.

Jahanara Alam bowled the last over where she claimed a single wicket conceding 5 runs that led Sri Lanka to take 3 runs in last delivery of the innings.

Bangladesh found the ultimate joy when Jahanara restricted the last ball for nought propelling her team to a 2 run victory at the end.

In the first half of the innings, Bangladesh women also failed to cope with Lankan bowling. The tigress lost the track when they lost 4 wickets in a single over of Umatha.

Sanjida Islam added 15 runs in 12 balls with the help of three boundaries. Opener Murshida Khatun contributed 14 runs in 15 deliveries.

In their stipulated 20 overs, Bangladesh lost 8 wickets to score 91 runs.

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