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05:07 PM, February 27, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 05:57 PM, February 27, 2020

Australia thump Bangladesh by 86 runs

Bangladesh women's side succumbed to a big margin defeat, losing to Australia women's by 86 runs -- their largest-ever defeat in T20Is -- in their second World Cup match at Canberra today.  It was the first time Tigresses have conceded so many runs in T20Is as Australia posted 189 for one after electing to bat.

Chasing 190 for victory, Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals as Murshida Khatun, Shamima Sultana, Sanjida Islam all fell cheaply.  The only bright spot for the Tigresses was the fifty-run partnership between Nigar Sulatana and Fargana Haque for the fourth wicket. Nigar departed after a 32-ball 19 and then Fargana fell in the 19th over after a team-high 36 off 35 deliveries.

They incredibly lost three wickets in the final over to eventually reach 103 for nine. Previously their largest-margin defeat in T20s had come against England back in 2018, when they lost by 79 runs.

Earlier, Australia posted 189 for the loss of one wicket courtesy of a blitzkrieg from opening duo Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney. The duo put on 151 for the opening partnership in 17 overs before Healy departed to Salma Khatun. 

Before that Healy had raced to a 53-ball 83, with 10 fours and three sixes. Her partner at the other end, Mooney, carried her bat through the innings, remaining unbeaten on a 58-ball 81 with nine fours.

Ashleigh Gardner came in and played a cameo nine-ball 22 as Australia finished on a high. Bangladesh's performance in the field left a lot to be desired as the dropped four catches and missed a stumping chance.  

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