Women’s World Cup: Bangladesh captain Nigar Sultana praises bowlers for giving Australia ‘tough time’
Women’s World Cup: Despite losing by five wickets to Australia in the current ICC Women’s World Cup, Bangladesh skipper Nigar Sultana was happy with her team’s bowling performance in giving Australia a hard time.
On Friday, Beth Mooney led Australia to a five-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 at Basin Reserve. Nigar Sultana said the bowlers and fielders performed a good job, but that they need to improve their batting.
Today’s achievement, at least we could give a tough time to the Australians. All the credit goes to the bowlers and fielders. We need to work on our batting, we were 30-40 runs short. When I started with Jahanara, the wind was there, she found it difficult to run. Salma bowled really well today, it was her show and I’m really proud of her,” said Bangladesh captain Nigar Sultana in a post-match presentation.
“I said that – If we could do well here, maybe we could give them a tough time. It was difficult, the outfielders could not see the ball. It was too dark and for every ball I need to change the fielders for the righty and lefty. We played our first match here and we will take a lot of positives from today and implement it against England,” said Sultana.
Fargana Hoque, Bangladesh’s key batter, was dismissed for 8 runs by Annabel Sutherland. Then Sharmin Akhter and skipper Nigar Sultana were both dismissed for 7 runs by Jess Jonassen.
As Bangladesh pushed hard to improve the rate in the late parts of their innings. Rumana Ahmed scored 15 and joined with Mondal for a 33-run stand, while Khatun’s unbeaten 15 looked solid at the crease.
With this win, Australia finished the group stage undefeated and in first place. While Bangladesh can celebrate their lone victory over Pakistan.